Air pollution deaths

Air pollution prematurely kills 145 people a day in France

The European Environment Agency has released its annual report on the air quality in Europe in 2013.

In France 3 pollutants are responsible for 52,000 premature deaths a year: 

  • 43,000 deaths were due to fine particulate matter PM2.5
  • 7,700 deaths were caused by nitrogen dioxide
  • 1,500 deaths were related to ozone (a secondary pollutant created by a reaction between traffic pollutants and the sun).  

The  report states that the health impact of nitrogen dioxide, mostly emitted by diesel engines, has been understated, since only concentrations above 20 ug/m3 of air were considered in the survey.

Read the report