The seriousness and causes of air pollution in the world's cities are examined. Those most at risk and the health problems posed by each pollutant are identified and a framework for the effective management of urban air quality is outlined. Case studies of Athens, London, Los Angeles and Mexico City are used to illustrate the difficulties facing major cities. Alternative measures and policies that can halt and eventually reverse declining air quality are examined using measures aimed at reducing emission from road vehicles; these include a variety of traffic management methods and reducing dependence on private vehicles. The need to curb emissions from power stations and homes is also considered. Recent examples of smogs are given and the problem of tackling short-term smogs and achieving a long-term improvement in air quality is examined. The effectiveness of advice and enforced emission-reduction measures are discussed. Consideration is given to the effectiveness of smog alert procedures compared with investments to achieve and sustain healthy urban air quality.

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    Dunstan House, 14a St. Cross Street
    London,   United Kingdom  NW1 0JH
  • Authors:
    • ELSOM, D
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 226 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00730504
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 1-85383-192-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1997 12:00AM