The European Union is not doing well with air pollution.
The number of deaths attributed to air pollution fell by 10 percent, but remained at 307,000 per year, according to a report released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Monday.
According to the European Economic Area, if EU members followed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, they would cut their deaths in half. In most cases, air pollution in EU member states was above the desired value compared to the World Health Organization and the more modest European expectations.
According to the World Health Organization, seven million deaths worldwide are attributed to the effects of air pollution each year, a problem of similar severity to smoking and malnutrition.
According to the European Environment Agency, air pollution is the most serious environmental harm to humans. The consequences include heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases.
The European Union is currently working to reduce deaths from airborne dust pollution by at least 55 percent by 2030. The EEA says the target will be achievable on the current track in 2032, but increased urbanization and an aging population will complicate its achievement.