EU air pollution strategy ‘not enough’ to combat eutrophication

Emissions of nitrogen-containing pollutants will continue to harm sensitive ecosystems, according to a new report by the EEA

Proposed changes to the EU’s air pollution strategy that aim to reduce damage to sensitive ecosystems are unworkable, according to a study by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The European Commission hopes to reduce the area of ecosystems affected by eutrophication to 35% by 2020. But the EEA report, which examines the connection between air pollution, eutrophication and acidification, does not believe this is achievable.

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