Air quality vote: MEPs declare war on dangerous dust


Source: European Parliament

The car driving by you, the building site you walk past - these are just some of the things that pump dust into the air and into our lungs. This can cause breathing difficulties, illness and even premature death. Known as 'particulate matter' (PM), levels are rising. On Tuesday MEPs agreed binding targets on the level of particles by 2015, which will also oblige EU authorities to measure and limit levels of dust particles.

Do I need to be a scientist to understand this?
No, particulate matter is solid or liquid particles that exist in the air. They occur naturally from wind-blown dust, sea spray, pollen grains, plants and insects. However, human activity also creates dust through the use of fossil fuels in industry. Mining, agriculture, construction and road traffic also contribute to the problem.

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