Air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk human beings face. Yet scientists are still unclear as to how exactly human-made pollutants make people sick. As long as these questions remain unanswered, effective emissions-control policies will be elusive. In a commentary published in the magazine Nature, two chemists from Germany’s Max Planck Institute call for a multidisciplinary and internationally well-coordinated effort to tackle the air-pollution health crisis. getAbstract recommends their article to policy makers and researchers.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why air pollution and its impact on human health are still poorly understood;
- Why air pollution research requires a multidisciplinary approach; and
- How scientists and policy makers should go about setting air-quality standards.
About the Authors
Jos Lelieveld is director of atmospheric chemistry and Ulrich Pöschl is director of multiphase chemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.