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French evaluate progress on air quality

A report reviewing France's progress since 1996 in reducing air pollution has been published by the environment ministry. Produced by the recently-created national air council, it emphasises that as well-known problems such as sulphur dioxide and lead are coming under control, other pollutants are emerging as priorities and require new policy efforts. They include ground-level ozone and even pesticides and herbicides, residues of which have been recorded in town centres, the report says. Significant improvements have been achieved in air quality monitoring, it adds. See report.

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