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The European environment – state and outlook 2010

The European environment – state and outlook 2010

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Air pollution - Why care? (SOER 2010)

Why Belgium cares about air pollution

Key message
Air pollution causes adverse health effects

Air pollution can cause adverse health effects. Besides premature mortality (due to the short-term exposure to elevated air pollution concentrations), chronic exposure to air pollution can have an important impact on life expectancy. Chronic exposure to the current PM2.5 concentrations in Belgium is estimated to shorten the statistical life expectancy by almost one year. This is one of the highest impacts in Europe.