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EU chokes on own air quality standards

BRUSSELS: In the skies above Katowice in the heart of Poland’s coal industry, Polish officials are deploying the latest weapon against air pollution: drones that inspect the city’s chimneys. As soon as one of the unmanned aerial vehicles spots suspicious smoke rising from a rooftop, a second one follows up to “sniff” for pollutants with its chemical sensors. Ground-based operators then send police officers to knock on the door of the offending home to see if they are burning poor quality coal, plastic bottles or some…