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date: 17 April 2021

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This chapter examines atmospheric pollution legislation from a comparative perspective. It begins with a discussion of the definition and legal boundaries relevant to atmospheric pollution, citing a few events which raised the attention on air pollution issues in different national jurisdictions. It then provides a brief overview of the regulatory regime for air pollution that exists at the international level before analysing air pollution control in a transboundary context. It also compares three models of regulatory intervention and areas of activity: the European Union, the United States, and China. In particular, it describes the most relevant features contained in the legislation developed within those three jurisdictions to address air pollution. Finally, it explores four air pollution issues in the European Union, the United States, and China, namely: the regulatory system for air pollution control, legislative approach to air pollution control, instrument choice, and the role of courts.

Keywords: comparative environmental law, air pollution, European Union (EU)

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