Air Quality in the Mexico Megacity

An Integrated Assessment

  • Luisa T. Molina
  • Mario J. Molina

Part of the Alliance for Global Sustainability Bookseries book series (AGSB, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N3-xxi
  2. Luisa T. Molina, Mario J. Molina
    Pages 1-19
  3. Luisa T. Molina, Mario J. Molina, Rodrigo Favela, Adrián Fernández Bremauntz, Robert Slott, Miguel A. Zavala
    Pages 21-59
  4. José Luis Lezama, Rodrigo Favela, Luis Miguel Galindo, María Eugenia Ibarrarán, Sergio Sánchez, Luisa T. Molina et al.
    Pages 61-104
  5. John Evans, Jonathan Levy, James Hammitt, Carlos Santos Burgoa, Margarita Castillejos, Mario Caballero Ramírez et al.
    Pages 105-136
  6. Mario J. Molina, Luisa T. Molina, Jason West, Gustavo Sosa, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, Federico San Martini et al.
    Pages 137-212
  7. Ralph Gakenheimer, Luisa T. Molina, Joseph Sussman, Christopher Zegras, Arnold Howitt, Jonathan Makler et al.
    Pages 213-284
  8. Luisa T. Molina, Mario J. Molina
    Pages 285-312
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 313-384

About this book


In this book, experts in atmospheric sciences, human health, economics, social and political sciences contribute to an integrated assessment of the complex elements needed to structure air quality policy in the 21st century. The analysis is developed through a case study of the Mexico City Metropolitan Area - one of the world's largest megacities in which air pollution grew unchecked for decades. The international research team is led by Luisa T. and Mario J. Molina, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Improvements in Mexico City's air quality in the last decade testifies to the power of determined and enlightened policy making, and throws into relief the tough problems that remain to be solved.
The volume's first six chapters, including the contributions of over 50 distinguished scholars from Mexico and the US, outline the fundamental areas of knowledge policy makers must accommodate. The message is that only good science and well-chosen technologies can direct the way to corrective regulatory measures; but without strong commitment from government, no amount of science or technology can help.


Air pollution Meteorology emissions human health pollution production transport

Editors and affiliations

  • Luisa T. Molina
    • 1
  • Mario J. Molina
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0507-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0454-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-4780
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