12 MAY 2016 | GENEVA - More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted.

According to the latest urban air quality database, 98% of cities in low- and middle income countries with more than 100 000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality guidelines. However, in high-income countries, that percentage decreases to 56%.


2 May 2016 - This updated database contains results of urban outdoor air pollution monitoring from almost 3000 cities in 103 countries
Air quality is represented by annual mean concentration of fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5, i.e. particles smaller than 10 or 2.5 microns).

The database aims to be representative for human exposure, and therefore primanty captures measurements from monitoring stations located in urban background, urban traffic, residential, commercial and mixed areas.


De Commissie heeft besloten België en Bulgarije voor het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie te dagen in verband met aanhoudend hoge niveaus van stofdeeltjes, die een ernstig risico voor de volksgezondheid vormen. Ondanks de plicht die op lidstaten rust om voor goede luchtkwaliteit te zorgen, is slechte luchtkwaliteit op veel plaatsen al een aantal jaren een probleem.