Air Pollution

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Air Pollution
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Last Edit Date 2017-11-27

Air Pollution means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

The presence of contaminant or pollutant substances in the air that do not disperse properly and that interfere with human health or welfare, or produce other harmful environmental effects (1) .Air pollutants may include forms of matter of almost any natural or artificial composition capable of being airborne. They may consist of solid particles, liquid droplets or gases, or combinations of these forms. (2) Urban air pollution is linked to up to 1 million premature deaths and 1 million pre-native deaths each year. Urban air pollution is estimated to cost approximately 2% of GDP in developed countries and 5% in developing countries. Rapid urbanisation has resulted in increasing urban air pollution in major cities, especially in developing countries. Over 90% of air pollution in cities in these countries is attributed to vehicle emissions brought about by high number of older vehicles coupled with poor vehicle maintenance, inadequate infrastructure and low fuel quality.

(1) OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms, http://stats.oecd.org/glossary/index.htm; (2) Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997; 3) UNEP (undated) http://www.unep.org/urban_environment/Issues/urban_air.asp