Road transport is a major source of air pollution, which all together causes over 400,000 premature deaths each year in Europe alone. Today’s cars create a silent but dangerous threat to the health of those who live in cities.
Air pollution contributes to chronic illnesses including lung disease, cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, and it can also damage the brain, skin and other organs — affecting practically every system in the human body.
There is also growing evidence that air pollution probably makes populations more susceptible to pandemics like COVID-19. Urban air pollution is a health emergency – we must act to solve it.