Study confirms lower air pollution levels boost health and financial benefits

Published 04 May 2011      
If we cut levels of air pollution in cities across Europe, we could boost our health and financial benefits, new research shows.

If we cut levels of air pollution in cities across Europe, we could boost our health and financial benefits, new research shows. The findings of the APHEKOM ('Improving knowledge and communication for decision making on air pollution and health in Europe') project confirm that making our air cleaner will in turn have a huge impact on our well-being. APHEKOM has received EUR 800,000 under the European Commission's programme on Community action in the field of public health.

Do you live close to high-traffic roads? It may be time to consider moving. The APHEKOM study shows that residing near congested roads has a considerable effect on the burden of disease attributable to air pollution. The findings also highlight the benefits from regulating pollution near high-traffic roads beyond what current EU legislation has achieved.

 


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