Scientists highlight economic costs of ozone pollution

Low-level ozone concentrations are rising by 1-2% per year in the UK and are probably causing significant economic losses as well as damaging human health and sensitive ecosystems, according to a report by the Department of the Environment's Photochemical Oxidants Review Group (PORG). The report warns that current policies will not ensure that EC and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for ozone exposure are met. The group also suggests that official figures on emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may be serious underestimates.

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