EUROPEAN Union (EU) member states are failing to live up to their responsibilities to reduce health-endangering emissions and improve air quality, an EU leader said this week.
News agency United Press International reported today that the European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik told a clean air conference in Brussels that member states aren’t doing enough to honor commitments to cut noxious air emissions.
This, he said, had resulted in the premature deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
“We are still far from our objective to achieve levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant negative impacts on human health and the environment,” he said.
Mr Potocnik added that death toll was “simply not acceptable”, and that in 2010, there were about 420,000 premature deaths from air pollution in the EU.