• September 27, 2021
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EEB | Long-awaited update to World Health Organisation Global Air Quality Guidelines published


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The World Health Organisation has today published a long-awaited update to its Global Air Quality Guidelines, the first such update since 2005

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published an update to its Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs), which provide thresholds and limits for key pollutants that pose a risk to health. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcomes the new guidelines, that are meant to help protect human health, the environment and climate from dangerous air pollutants.

They offer guidance for legislation and policies to curb air pollution and decrease the burden of disease resulting from exposure to toxic air worldwide. The key pollutants covered by the guidelines are particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon monoxide (CO).

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