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Smog alarm in Italy: climate change and environmental policies spark public debate

Sefira Project is following the developments of the severe air pollution crisis that is hitting the main urban centers of Italy in this end of December 2015. After that several local measures have not been able to decrease the high levels of PM10 and PM2,5, today the Italian Government has called an emergency meeting to coordinate local authorities. Unusual climatic events and high levels of pollutants have created the actual situation that is exposing the main limits of air quality policies in Italy.


Regional Environmental Protection Agency for Lombardia (ARPA – Lombardia)

Air Quality Map

Italian Press

International Press


Milan today during the traffick stop from 10 to 16



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Socio Economic implications For Individual Responses to Air Pollution policies in EU +27

SEFIRA has the objective of creating a European coordination of transdisciplinary scientific and socio-economic resources in order to support the review and implementation of air quality legislation by the European Commission (EC) led by DG Environment. SEFIRA will coordinate some of the best scientific and socio-economic resources and will review air quality policies and legislation at the interface between environmental, economic and social sciences in order to achieve a deeper understanding of these complex issues. The main fields involved in the action will be atmospheric sciences, environmental and legal sociology, anthropology, geography and economics.