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June 26, 2020

Ireland’s Ammonia Emissions Continue to Surge

Ireland’s ammonia emissions continue to surge, exceeding EU limits
Shamim Malekmian

Ireland’s ammonia emissions continue to surge, exceeding EU limits, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said. 

new report published by the EPA has revealed that the expansion of the agriculture sector has played a significant role in a substantial increase in ammonia emissions during 2018.

The report reveals that ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, are among the country five chief air pollutants.

Over 90 per cent of the world’s population is estimated to breathe polluted air that fails to meet recommended WHO air quality objectives, with air pollution influencing seven million untimely deaths every year. A new index from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago released last November described air pollution as a more significant threat to human lives than smoking and even war.

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