First Steps in Air Quality for Built Environment Practitioners

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Air pollution is the biggest environmental risk to health. Globally, nine out of ten people live in a city that does not comply with WHO air quality standards. Within the UK, poor outdoor air quality is linked to 50,000 deaths each year. The most vulnerable are children, the elderly, or those with pre-existing medical conditions. The design of our urban infrastructure – including Green Infrastructure (GI) such as trees, parks, and green walls – determines where air pollution is produced, and how it disperses. Built environment professionals should consider air quality at all stages of urban design and development.


Original languageEnglish
Publisher Birmingham Institute of Forest Research and the School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Science of the University of Birmingham, Lancaster Environment Centre of Lancaster University, and TDAG
Publication statusPublished - 2018