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Is Air Pollution a Problem Worth Fixing?

29 Oct 2019
Start time
7:30 PM
Tempest Anderson Hall
Professor Alistair Lewis, University of York

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Is Air Pollution a Problem Worth Fixing?

Prof. Alastair Lewis, University of York
National Centre for Atmospheric Science

Air quality in the UK has improved markedly over the last 100 years with the thick pea-soup sulfur smogs of the 1950s long consigned to history. Yet the profile of air pollution as an environmental issue has never been higher with both the public and with politicians. So is air quality still a serious public health issue in the UK, and what can be done if it is? Who are the susceptible groups and what evidence is there of harm and costs? Whilst electrification of vehicles and de-carbonising of the energy supply over the next two decades will have positive impacts on air pollution and climate, many other sources of pollution in cities will still remain. So are there limits on how much money should be invested in urban clean air, or should we accept that urban living will always come at a cost to health?