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European Parliament fails to clean up diesel trains

Train passengers and citizens living along rail-lines must continue to breathe toxic diesel fumes, the European Parliament decided today. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) criticised MEPs of the environment committee for failing to require diesel trains to fit exhaust treatment systems that are now required for cars and trucks, which would have cleaned up the emissions and protected health.

Diesel machines law will cause more pollution and health problems

Large diesel-powered equipment that emits black carbon and contributes to climate change and air pollution will not have to limit emissions of ultrafine particulate matter (PM) under a new law proposed by the European Commission today. Transport & Environment said the law would encourage the use of bigger generating equipment that causes more pollution and health problems.

European Parliament postpones air pollution standards for trains and diggers

Makers of heavy-duty construction equipment, diesel locomotives and other non-road mobile machinery should be granted an extra three years to
comply with pollution standards agreed in 2004, according to the European Parliament’s environment committee.  Sustainable transport campaign group Transport
& Environment says the move undermines the credibility of European air quality laws.  

Nature sites at risk from EU transport projects

Over a thousand protected nature areas in Europe are under serious threat from high-profile EU-funded transport infrastructure projects according to a new report by BirdLife International, RSPB and other environmental groups [1], which was presented in the European Parliament today.

European Mobility Week 2006

From 16 to 22 September, hundreds of European cities will be participating in European Mobility Week. Climate Change is the theme of this year's event, reflecting the growing impact of greenhouse gas emissions from transport. For full details of activities in your region, visit the official website.

Commission Consults on Urban Environment

The European Commission has announced a public internet consultation on the urban environment. Interested groups and citizens are invited to give their views on issues including urban air pollution, traffic congestion and noise and greenhouse gas emissions from transport. The deadline is 21 September 2005. See the Commission website for further information.

European Mobility Week: 680 Cities Take Part

From 16 to 22 September, cities and towns in more than 20 countries are organising European Mobility Week (EMW). More than 80 million citizens are able to take part in a range of activities dedicated to the promotion of sustainable mobility. This year's theme is 'Safe streets for Children', chosen to support the EU target to cut the death toll o­n European roads by 50% by 2010.  European Mobility Week culminates with 'In town without my car!' day (Car Free Day) which falls o­n Wednesday 22 September.