Europe air pollution causes 467,000 early deaths a year


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Air pollution remains the single largest environmental cause of premature death in urban Europe, and was linked to around 467,000 early deaths in 41 European countries in 2013, according to an analysis of data from more than 400 cities.
 
In Denmark, air quality was measured at three separate locations in Copenhagen, one in Aarhus and one in Odense.
 
"Emission reductions have led to improvements in air quality in Europe, but not enough to avoid unacceptable damage to human health and the environment," EEA executive director Hans Bruyninckx said in a statement in connection with the agency's annual report.
 
Within the EU, the number of premature deaths was estimated at over 430,000.

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