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Health risks of ozone from long-range transboundary air pollution

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Abstract

Ozone is a highly oxidative compound formed in the lower atmosphere from gases (originating to a large extent from anthropogenic sources) by photochemistry driven by solar radiation. Owing to its highly reactive chemical properties, ozone is harmful to vegetation, materials and human health. In the troposphere, ozone is also an efficient greenhouse gas. This report summarizes the results of a multidisciplinary analysis aiming to assess the effects of ozone on health. The analysis indicates that ozone pollution affects the health of most of the populations of Europe, leading to a wide range of health problems. The effects include some 21 000 premature deaths annually in 25 European Union countries on and after days with high ozone levels. Current policies are insufficient to significantly reduce ozone levels in Europe and their impact in the next decade
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ineris-00969539 , version 1 (02-04-2014)

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Markus Amann, Dick Derwent, Bertil Forsberg, Otto Hanninen, Fintan Hurley, et al.. Health risks of ozone from long-range transboundary air pollution. World Health Organisation. Copenhagen, 93 p., 2008. ⟨ineris-00969539⟩

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