Personal Exposure to Air Pollution – a snapshot of selected studies conducted in India, Indonesia, Tanzania and the UK


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Anil Namdeo

Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne – UK


Millions of people worldwide are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollutants. Air pollution and its public health impacts are drawing increasing concern from the environmental health research community, environmental regulatory agencies, industries, as well as the public. Cities in the developing world like Mumbai, Delhi, Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok, Mexico City and Santiago are facing acute air pollution due to industrial activity, population growth, construction booms for housing and infrastructure, increased vehicular traffic, congested streets, poorly maintained vehicles, limited access to clean fuel and lack of effective control programmes.

This presentation will provide the findings of a series of studies conducted across many countries to understand the personal exposure to air pollution in a range of micro-environments. We will look at how commuters in India, China, Indonesia, and the UK are exposed to air pollution while using different travel modes (e.g., walking, cycling, cars, taxis, buses, metros trains and auto-rickshaws). We will also look at how cooking and smoking affects personal exposure to air pollution (Tanzania and the UK). Finally, we will look at how workers in mines in Tanzania are exposed to extreme levels of particulates.