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New Eurobarometer: Attitudes of Europeans towards air quality

Europeans are increasingly concerned about air pollution in their countries. A recent Eurobarometer survey carried out by the European Commission highlights the views of the European public on matters of air quality and air pollution.

The Eurobarometer survey, which looked as issues such as the level of knowledge about air quality and the impact of various sectors and activities on air quality, revealed that Europeans are highly concerned and want more information about the situation in their country.

Some main findings:

  • 17% of Europeans say they suffer from respiratory problems due to air pollution.
  • 87% thinking respiratory diseases are a serious problem (with at least six out of ten respondents in every country holding this opinion).
  • More than nine out of ten (92%) Europeans consider cardiovascular diseases to be a serious problem in their country.
  • 87% of Europeans think asthma and allergy are a serious problem, with an absolute majority of respondents in each country making this statement.

When asked to identify factors having an impact on air quality, emissions from cars and trucks (96%) and emissions from industrial production and fossil fuel power stations (92%) were most likely to be mentioned as having an impact. Respondents who think that respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and asthma and allergy are serious problems in their country are all more likely to say that each type of emission has an impact on air quality.

For the full survey click here

Originally posted on 7 February 2013

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