How might the health effects of air pollution change when the planet gets warmer?

Adrian G. Barnett, Craig Hansen

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In this chapter, we examine in depth how a warmer planet could affect human health by increasing our exposure to air pollution. The possible mechanisms of this increased exposure are diverse, and include a dryer earth leading to more dust storms, and a hotter earth leading to more forest fires. The consequences of increased exposure are more serious for the most vulnerable people in society; increased pollution has been linked to increased death in the elderly, and to increased visits to hospital and reduced lung function in the young. The pollution sources that cause these health problems are the same sources that have contributed to global warming, namely the combustive pollutants of traffic and industry. Cleaning up these sources will therefore, not only assist in curbing future global warming, but will have an immediate beneficial effect on worldwide health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeltdown
Subtitle of host publicationClimate Change, Natural Disasters and Other Catastrophes - Fears and Concerns of the Future
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781608761531
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Air pollution
  • Climate change
  • Global warming
  • Health effects
  • Pollutants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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