This book discusses regional and international climate-change, air- pollution and human-health scenarios. The research, from both industrialized and developing countries, focuses on region-specific perspectives of climate change impacts on air pollution. After analyzing the variations of climate data over recent decades, the authors consider the different effects of climate change on air pollution and health. As stressed by the IPCC, “pollen, smoke and ozone levels are likely to increase in a warming world, affecting the health of residents of major cities. Rising temperatures will worsen air quality through a combination of more ozone in cities, bigger wild fires and worse pollen outbreaks,” according to a major UN climate report. The report follows the World Health Organization in finding that air pollution is the world’s greatest environmental health risk, killing 7 million people in 2014 (compared to 0.4 million deaths due to malaria). Deteriorating air quality will most affect the elderly, children, people with chronic ill-health and expectant mothers. Another report suggests that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely each year due to air pollution with over half of those deaths occurring in China and India. A study on the air pollution in the USA,suggests that more than half of US population lives in areas with potentially dangerous air pollution, and about six out of 10 of the top cities for air pollution in the USA are located in the state of California.
In the face of future climate change, scientists have urged stronger emission controls to avoid worsening air pollution and the associated exacerbation of health problems, especially in more populated regions of the world. It is hoped that the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement will help minimize air pollution.
Additionally the authors consider the various measures that different countries and groups of countries, like the European Union, have adopted to mitigate the problems arising from climate change and to safeguard the health of population. The book examines the increasing incidence of diseases largely caused by climate change. The countries/regions covered in this study include the USA, Northern Europe (U.K).,Southern Europe ( Italy), Canada, Australia, East Asia, Russia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Caribbean countries, and Argentina.
Table of Contents
Foreword.- Introductory.- Climate Change And Air Pollution: An Introduction.- Air Quality In Changing Climate: Implications For Health Impacts.- International Conferences On Sustainable Development And Climate From Rio De Janeiro To Paris.- COP 21 in Paris: Politics of Climate Change.- Case Studies :Developed Countries/Regions.- Climate Change Impacts On Air Pollution In Northern Europe.- The Impact Of Climate Change And Air Pollution In The Southern European Countries.- Climate Change And Air Pollution In Canada: The Gigantic Dwarf Of The North.- Climate Change, Forest Fires And Health In California.- Air Pollution And Climate Change In Australia: A Triple Burden.- Epidemiological Consequences Of Climate Change (With Special Reference To Malaria In Russia).- Climate Change And Projections Of Temperature-Related Mortality.- Climate Change And Air Quality In Southeastern China: Hong Kong Study.- Case Studies: Developing Countries/ Regions.- Trends And Seasonal Variations Of Climate, Air Quality, And Mortality In Three Major Cities In Taiwan.- Climate Change And Urban Air Pollution Health Impacts In Indonesia.- Climate Change And Air Pollution In Malaysia.- Climate Change, Air Pollution, And Human Health In Bangkok.- Climate Change, Air Pollution And Human Health In Delhi, India.- Climate Change And Air Pollution In Mumbai.- Climate Change, Air Pollution And Health In South Africa.- The Impact Of Climate Change And Air Pollution On The Caribbean.- Compounding Factors: Air Pollution And Climate Variability In Mexico City.- Air Pollution, Climate Change And Human Health In Brazil.- Global Climate Change,Air Pollution and Infectious Diseases in Effects in Argentina.- Climate Change And Air Pollution In East Asia: Taking Trans-Boundary Air Pollution Into Account.- Conclusion.- Summary And Conclusion.