AIR POLLUTION * Europe: Final warning to five countries
* Belgium - Brussels threatens France and four neighboring states
--- The European Commission sends a final warning to five countries, including France. They have until April 15 to act against air pollution with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) or face financial penalties... On February 15 , the European Commission issued a final warning to France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom for failing to comply with air pollution standards for dioxide, Nitrogen (NO2). If Brussels goes to the niche, it is to denounce more than 400 000 deaths throughout the European Union due to poor air quality. This causes respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in millions of Europeans... If the five Member States concerned do not act before 15 April, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the EU Court of Justice... It is not necessary to forget that NO2 is generated at 60 % by diesel engines in the first half of the year. This share can reach up to 80 % in cities, along roads and in the Alpine transit valleys such as the Arve valley...
(Photo: European Commission headquarters) -- Brussels, Belgium - ACTU Transport et Logistique, by LOUIS GUARINO - 17 March 2017