Air pollutant emissions declining, but still above limits

Emissions of most air pollutants decreased in 2013, confirming the long-term downward trend in Europe since 1990. But many countries are still exceeding internationally-agreed pollutant limits, set to protect human health and the environment, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The annual European Union emission inventory report 1990-2013 under the UNECE…

Three-year cut to life expectancy from coal heating

Each year, the winter chill creates a rift between China’s north and south based on radically different policies when it comes to heating, and with consequences for air pollution and life expectancy. In the 1950s, premier Zhou Enlai drew a line across the country following the River Huai and the Qinling mountains. North of the…