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Air quality over previous decades – how are we doing?

Press/Media: Press Release

  • Stefan Reis
  • Mathew R. Heal
  • Clare Heaviside
  • Sotiris Vardoulakis
  • Clare Heaviside
  • Clare Heaviside

Description

Science Media Centre news briefing

UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 00:01 UK time on Wednesday 26 June 2019

What?  Air quality over previous decades – how are we doing?

When?   10.30am, Tuesday 25 June 2019

Where?   5th floor, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

 

We often hear about how bad air pollution is for our health, and that we are failing to reach acceptable – even legal – levels of pollutants in our big cities.  But various national and European legislation has been introduced over the last few decades – is it working?

 

A new study to be published in Environmental Research Letters looks at how levels of emissions of particulates, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, non-methane volatile organic compounds and ammonia changed between 1970 and 2010, during which time measures including the Clean Air Act 1993, the Environment Act 1995 and several Air Quality Standards Regulations came into force.  The study also models likely impacts on health and death.

 

Come to the SMC to hear authors of the study discuss things such as:

 

- are things improving?

- how can we tell which measures are making a difference?

- how can we attribute ill health or premature death to air pollution?

- what do we most urgently need to tackle?

- where do most emissions come from?

 

 

Speakers will include:

 

Dr Stefan Reis, Science Area Head – Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Honorary Associate Professor, University of Exeter Medical School

 

Prof Mathew Heal, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

 

Dr Clare Heaviside, NERC Independent Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

 

Prof Sotiris Vardoulakis, Director of Research, Institute of Occupational Medicine

 

 

Period25 Jun 2019 → 28 Jun 2019

Science Media Centre news briefing

UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 00:01 UK time on Wednesday 26 June 2019

What?  Air quality over previous decades – how are we doing?

When?   10.30am, Tuesday 25 June 2019

Where?   5th floor, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

 

We often hear about how bad air pollution is for our health, and that we are failing to reach acceptable – even legal – levels of pollutants in our big cities.  But various national and European legislation has been introduced over the last few decades – is it working?

 

A new study to be published in Environmental Research Letters looks at how levels of emissions of particulates, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, non-methane volatile organic compounds and ammonia changed between 1970 and 2010, during which time measures including the Clean Air Act 1993, the Environment Act 1995 and several Air Quality Standards Regulations came into force.  The study also models likely impacts on health and death.

 

Come to the SMC to hear authors of the study discuss things such as:

 

- are things improving?

- how can we tell which measures are making a difference?

- how can we attribute ill health or premature death to air pollution?

- what do we most urgently need to tackle?

- where do most emissions come from?

 

 

Speakers will include:

 

Dr Stefan Reis, Science Area Head – Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Honorary Associate Professor, University of Exeter Medical School

 

Prof Mathew Heal, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

 

Dr Clare Heaviside, NERC Independent Research Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

 

Prof Sotiris Vardoulakis, Director of Research, Institute of Occupational Medicine

 

 

References

TitlePress conference
Media name/outletScience Media Centre, London
Date of coverage25/06/19
TitleAir quality over previous decades – how are we doing?
Media name/outletSee description and data above
Date of coverage28/06/19
TitleAir quality over previous decades – how are we doing?
Media name/outletSee description above
Date of coverage26/06/19

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