In Western Europe frequent urban air quality alerts are testimony to the failure to control pollution from the car. With major exceptions such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen, official efforts to get Europeans out of their cars and on to trains, buses and cycles have not been a success. Despite increasing traffic congestion and evidence of the toll on human health, Europeans are obstinately refusing to abandon their cars. But cars are only one part of the problem because the prosperous and environmentally conscious European Union is a long way from dealing with other sources of air pollution, some located in neighbouring countries to the East. Earth Report travels to Austria and southern Germany to report strategies that could point the way to a pollution-free future. And there’s some encouraging scientific evidence from Finland that nature is recovering from acid rain.
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