Air quality, past, present and future

11 November 2019 09:00 - 12 November 2019 17:00, London, United Kingdom

This meeting will bring together a range of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners working in fields related to air pollution, including human health, environmental policy and atmospheric composition in developing nations.

The science presented will first cover the chronology of atmospheric composition in the UK and Europe over the last century. This will be followed by two similar chronologies of the effects of the air pollutants on human health and on ecosystems. The papers presented at this meeting will identify scientific and policy issues central to these chronologies, their potential solutions and their costs.

Air quality is currently responsible for 7 million premature deaths annually, extensive crop loss and biodiversity declines in Europe, North America and Asia. It contributes to climate change and is highly policy relevant.

In the UK, acid rain, premature mortality, ozone and eutrophication have all been issues caused by air pollution. Some of these issues have been solved, while others remain politically intractable. Current and future issues will not be resolved without substantial reductions in emissions of the pollutant precursors, for which there is limited political support.

More information on the programme and speakers will be available soon. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.
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