The Symposium focused on a new topic, Discussion on air pollution in a broader context of urbanization, and continued reviewing the progress on addressing the seven Big Questions:
- From the past to the future: sources of air pollution in China.
- Children born to cleaner air over China are healthier.
- Severe urban air pollution episodes: can we prevent them?
- Ozone: the growing treat and how to control it?
- Sensors: the technology of the future or a passing trend?
- Indoor air: a neglected element in the puzzle of the quest for clean air
- The dawn of the new reality: clean air over China?
During numerous meetings and conferences of ACC-AQSM, air pollution, its sources and the impacts have been extensively discussed. In the cities the majority of anthropogenic air pollution is due to our energy needs: for the generation of electricity, for heating or cooling buildings, or for urban transport and transport in general. Therefore urban air pollution should be considered in a broader context of urbanisation. This is particularly important now, when the cities are undergoing a profound change in the technologies used to build and operate them, in the energy sources used to power them and their transport, and in the climate, which affects every aspect of the life and functioning of the city. These changes are interconnected, and in combination can enhance or cancel the impacts, whether positive or negative. The scale of the impacts can be particularly large in densely populated cities with large numbers of emission sources and reduced urban ventilation.
With the above in view one of the aims of the Mini Symposium is to consider air pollution and its drivers in a border context of urban transformations, and examine the extent to which human health and wellbeing is part of the agenda of the transformations. We hope that the outcomes of the Mini Symposium will serve as a constructive input into the 16th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH 2019), focused on People Oriented Urbanization: Transforming Cities for Health and Well-Being (4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China), in which a number of the ACC-AQSM members are involved.
Conference Room 1015
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
Fudan University, Jiangwan Campus
NO. 2005 Songhu Road, Shanghai