Climate Change, Air Pollution and Human Health in the Asia-Pacific

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Quality and Human Health".

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School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: environmental epidemiology; epigenetic epidemiology; climate change; air pollution and health; built environment and health; exposure assessment using machine leaning and spatial and GIS techniques; child and adolescent health; biostatistics
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Climate, Air quality Research Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3800, Australia
Interests: air pollution; climate; public health; cancer epidemiology; cancer screening

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Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Interests: environmental epidemiology and statistics; satellite-based prediction of air quality; health risk assessment; ambient temperature and health
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Dear Colleagues,

Human beings contribute to air pollution and climate change through resource-intensive lifestyles, and we are suffering the adverse health impacts caused by air pollution, worsening heat exposure, heat waves, etc. Though great efforts have been undertaken, the climate and air pollution issues are still severe in the Asia-Pacific, residents facing an increasing disease burden, including higher risks of infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and accidents. Academics need to take responsibility to provide evidence-based suggestions regarding policymaking and the allocation of public health resources, more research being necessary to help accumulate evidence regarding the associations between climate change, air pollution and human health in the Asia-Pacific.

This Special Issue aims to present original research articles and reviews in order to provide new findings with regard to health impacts of climate change and air pollution in the Asia-Pacific, topics of interest for the Special Issue including, but not limited to: (1) air pollution and infectious diseases; (2) air pollution and non-communicable diseases; (3) air pollution and injuries; (4) heat exposure, heatwaves, cold spells and human health; (5) air pollution, heat exposure and occupational health; (6) accurate exposure assessments, new study designs and statistical methods; (7) public health interventions addressing air pollution and abnormal temperatures.

We welcome contributions to this Special Issue on “Climate Change, Air Pollution and Human Health in the Asia-Pacific”.

Dr. Rongbin Xu
Dr. Pei Yu
Dr. Gongbo Chen
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Keywords

  • climate change
  • abnormal temperature
  • air pollution
  • health risks
  • public health
  • Asia-Pacific

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Comparison of Ambient Air Quality among Industrial and Residential Areas of a Typical South Asian City
by Syeda Iram Zahra, Muhammad Javid Iqbal, Sobia Ashraf, Afifa Aslam, Muhammad Ibrahim, Muhammad Yamin and Meththika Vithanage
Atmosphere 2022, 13(8), 1168; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13081168 - 23 Jul 2022
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The rapid increase in population growth due to industrialization and urbanization has resulted in air quality deterioration in Pakistan. Consequently, a considerable increase has been seen in the types of sources of air pollutants. However, the air quality of the country has deteriorated [...] Read more.
The rapid increase in population growth due to industrialization and urbanization has resulted in air quality deterioration in Pakistan. Consequently, a considerable increase has been seen in the types of sources of air pollutants. However, the air quality of the country has deteriorated in the absence of management capabilities against air quality. Evidence from numerous governmental organizations and international bodies has specified that the environment, health, and quality of life are at high risk due to air pollution. Although the government of Pakistan established the Pakistan Clean Air Program, along with continuous monitoring stations to manage the quality of ambient air, air quality values have not yet been achieved. The present investigations were made in the city of Faisalabad in selected locations. Sampling of a 24 h average was done for selected sites. The air quality parameters such as NO2, SO2, COx, O2, noise level, and suspended particulate matter (SPM) were measured at two locations, i.e., Khurrianwala and Liaqatabad in the Faisalabad District. The measured values of air quality parameters were compared with national environmental quality standards (NEQS). Air pollutants such as SPM, SO2, and noise levels were found to be significantly higher than the 24-h standards of NEQS, which poses harmful effects on the quality of air and health, whereas the O2 concentration was found to be lower than the normal values, and NO2 and COx values were normal. The SO2, CO2, noise level, SPM, and O2 values ranged from 418–652 and 423–661 µg/m3, 3.03–3.44 and 3.08–3.51 mg/m3, 68–73 and 69–75 dB, 555–667 and 581–682 µg/m3, and 19.5–20 and 19.5–20.3 % for summer and winter season, respectively, as compared to standard values (150 µg/m3, 10 mg/m3, 65 dB, 550 µg/m3 and 21%). After the complete analysis of the selected locations, it was concluded that the ambient air quality of this area is severely degraded due to industrial as well as other commercial activities. These significant variations in air quality parameters suggest that there is a need to check the air quality regularly to take appropriate measures for reducing ambient air pollutants, especially in industrial areas as well as commercial areas. Full article
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