Air Pollution Indicator: PM10
As one of natural elements, clean air is essential to human beings’ survival. However, almost all economic and social activities emit air pollutants, especially such sectors as power and heat generation, transportation, industry and agriculture, seriously threatening human health and ecological environment and directly affecting people’s life quality. Although different countries and international community have taken some interventions, air pollution are being deteriorated around the globe, making air pollution the most important environmental risk factor that causes premature death by 2050. Given the impacts of air pollutants on environment and human health that cannot be ignored, the degree of air pollution has become one of essential factors that determine whether a country can realize green development or how it is performing in this regard. Therefore, it is very necessary to include the representative indicator of air pollution into the measurement of HGDI.
KeywordsPersistent Organic Pollutant PM10 Concentration European Environment Agency PM10 Level Environmental Performance Index
- WHO (2006) WHO air quality guidelines for particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, Global update 2005. World Health Organization, Geneva. Retrieved online at http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2006/WHO_SDE_PHE_OEH_06.02_eng.pdf