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Oil price 'good'

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The rising price of oil is good news, according to the head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Speaking at the OECD's annual meeting, Angel Gurria said it would be 'disastrous' if the world’s richest nations cut fuel taxes or subsidised prices, as rising prices are a clear signal to consumers and companies to cut their fuel consumption.

Bad air quality

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Air quality is getting worse in the EU, according to a report into concentrations of particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, and local traffic is largely to blame. The report by the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change said legal limits were exceeded in a ‘considerably higher’ number of measured zones in 2005 than in 2001. PM was exceeded in 44% of the zones examined.

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