What we breathe impacts our health: Improving understanding of the link between air pollution and health

AMS Citation:
West, J. J., and Coauthors, 2016: What we breathe impacts our health: Improving understanding of the link between air pollution and health. Environmental Science & Technology, 50, 4895-4904, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b03827.
Date:2016-03-01
Resource Type:article
Title:What we breathe impacts our health: Improving understanding of the link between air pollution and health
Abstract: Air pollution contributes to the premature deaths of millions of people each year around the world, and air quality problems are growing in many developing nations. While past policy efforts have succeeded in reducing particulate matter and trace gases in North America and Europe, adverse health effects are found at even these lower levels of air pollution. Future policy actions will benefit from improved understanding of the interactions and health effects of different chemical species and source categories. Achieving this new understanding requires air pollution scientists and engineers to work increasingly closely with health scientists. In particular, research is needed to better understand the chemical and physical properties of complex air pollutant mixtures, and to use new observations provided by satellites, advanced in situ measurement techniques, and distributed micro monitoring networks, coupled with models, to better characterize air pollution exposure for epidemiological and toxicological research, and to better quantify the effects of specific source sectors and mitigation strategies.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright 2016 American Chemical Society.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d7ww7k9w
Publisher's Version: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03827
Author(s):
  • J. West
  • Aaron Cohen
  • Frank Dentener
  • Bert Brunekreef
  • Tong Zhu
  • Ben Armstrong
  • Michelle Bell
  • Michael Brauer
  • Gregory Carmichael
  • Dan Costa
  • Douglas Dockery
  • Michael Kleeman
  • Michal Krzyzanowski
  • Nino Künzli
  • Catherine Liousse
  • Shih-Chun Lung
  • Randall Martin
  • Ulrich Pöschl
  • C. PopeIII
  • James Roberts
  • Armistead Russell
  • Christine Wiedinmyer - NCAR/UCAR
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