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Air quality: The impacts of UK university research

Williams, Ben

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Dr Ben Williams
Senior Research Fellow in Air Quality Management


Air pollution is the biggest environmental risk facing humanity in modern times. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 7 million people died as a result of exposure to air pollution worldwide in 2012, equivalent to one in every eight recorded. The greatest burden was carried by countries in the South-East Asian and Western Pacific regions, where 3.3 million deaths were linked to indoor air pollution and a further 2.6 million linked to outdoor air pollution. In Europe, air pollution has contributed to approximately 400,000 deaths a year, and in the UK both PM2.5 and NO2 have been associated with more than 50,000 premature deaths a year.


Williams, B. (2015). Air quality: The impacts of UK university research. Environmental Scientist, 24(3), 40-45

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2015
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date May 19, 2016
Journal Environmental Scientist
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 3
Pages 40-45
Keywords air quality, research, impact, REF, case studies
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