Air Pollution in a Bucket: seeing air pollution in multiple dimensions
Air pollution in Africa: lack of data, complex relations. How do we move forward?
Air pollution is one of the largest environmental threats to our health today. While studies in Europe, the US and Asia are now able to identify more negative health outcomes from air pollution, there are parts of the world where data, and thus effective preventative action, is completely lacking.
Millions of people die from air pollution each year and our knowledge about the health effects from air pollution are evolving. From initially being able to identify only respiratory outcomes and cardiovascular effects, we now can see neurological and fetal effects. In order to protect our health we need to have knowledge about different health outcomes as well as the levels of pollutants at the places we live. With this knowledge, we can calculate the costs of air pollution and put it in perspective of other costs. However, in many parts of the world, there is no data on air pollution and efficient policy on air pollution is lacking.
Air pollution is also an issue of environmental justice, and includes costs that cannot be measured in monetary values. These costs include disturbances to the social fabric of life – affecting for example where we live, where we work and where our children go to school. There is also an international perspective of environmental injustice where dirty cars and fuels are intentionally (and surprisingly, legally) exported to countries with trade policies that fail to protect the health of their citizens.
We invite you to spend an afternoon at the Pufendorf Institute to address these issues with us. The event includes presentations by renowned scholars as well as informal networking with colleagues across disciplinary boundaries.
Program (might be subject to minor changes):
11.30-11.45 Opening remarks, Erik Swietlicki (Professor of Nuclear Physics and Vice Dean LTH, Lund University)
11.45-12.00 Introduction to the Pufendorf Theme "The Air in African Cities"
13.00-14.00 Presentation by guest researcher Michael Jerrett (Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA)
14.00-14.30 Coffee/tea and snacks
15.00-15.25 Direct and indirect effects on human health from local air pollution Zorana Jovanovic Andersen (Department of Public Health, Copenhagen University)
15.35-16.00 Linking air pollution to environmental justice Vasna Ramasar (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies LUCSUS)
16.05-16:30 Air pollution and policy (soon tba)
16:30- 16.45 Wrap-up
16.45-18.45 (and onwards) Organized networking sessions in smaller groups with drinks and tapas in the Pufendorf IAS garden
Please register (including dietary preferences/allergies) by sending an e-mail to Ebba Malmqvist ebba [dot] malmqvist [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se no later than June 15!