Predicting the impact of climate change on air pollution is difficult. According to the UK Department of Health future ambient concentrations of air pollutants which are hazardous to health will depend both on trends in emissions of primary and precursor pollutants and on trends in meteorological factors which affect dispersal of pollutants and secondary chemical atmospheric processes. Here in the UK it is predicted that the weather conditions associated with winter air pollution episodes will become less common while the weather conditions associated with summer episodes will increase in frequency and intensity. Elsewhere there are concerns about an increase in forest fires releasing pollutants and an increase in dust storms leading to mortality from cardiovascular and respiratory disease.
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The Health Practitioners Guide to Climate Change Ed. Jenny Griffiths; Mala Rao; Fiona Adshead; Allison ThorpePublisher: Earthscan. 2009. 380 pp. ISBN: 978-1-84407-729-8 Air quality and disease. pp 43-44
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