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Clean air is one of our most fundamental needs. Poor air quality affects our health, our ecosystems, our food crops and even our architectural heritage. European urban and con- urban areas, in particular large cities, struggle with the problems of high levels of air pollutants. At present about 60% of the European population is living in cities. For the next decades it is foreseen that this percentage will increase further. The substantial growth of the urban population is associated with a further increase of the macro- and micro-economic activities in the cities including energy generating and transportation activities (traffic), building construction etc. and with increased air pollution problems.

Local and national authorities are seriously concerned about elevated concentrations of ozone, of fine particles and of mutagenic and/or carcinogenic compounds e.g. benzene and PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in ambient air. Here the Commission with its services is asked to contribute with directives and proposals to the amelioration of the air quality through the European territory.

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Authors: KOZIAS D, JRC-Environmental Institute, Ispra (IT);JANTUNEN M, JRC-Environmental Institute, Ispra (IT);KEPHALOPOULOS S, JRC-Environmental Institute, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19646 EN (2000), pp 170, Euro: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the Documentation Service JRC Ispra (IT) Fax: +39-0332-785818 url:
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