Latest Swedish environmental update released

Third edition of Swedenvironment reports link between traffic fumes, lung cancer

A reported link between urban air pollution and lung cancer is one of the main issues tackled in the latest issue of Swedish government review of environmental developments, Swedenvironment. Dated June 1999 but posted on the world wide web in English in the last few days, the magazine reports that the Swedish Institute of Environmental Medicine has established a link between urban motor traffic and lung cancer in one study and found a new indicator for emissions of carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in another. In an opinion column, state secretary at the Swedish environment ministry Måns Lönroth defends the country's demand for industrialised countries to be able to count qualitative as well as quantitative actions when determining how far they can meet their commitments under the Kyoto climate change protocol through means other than domestic greenhouse gas emissions cuts. Other topics tackled include Sweden's plans to make Russia's environmental development a central issue during its s ix-month EU presidency term in 2001, and progress on defining more closely when chemicals should be classified as persistent in the environment.

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