History of Urban Air Pollution

  • Peter Brimblecombe
Part of the Environmental Pollution book series (EPOL, volume 1)


Sometimes the history of air pollution seems to offer little more than anecdote to enliven discussions. It requires more relevance than this if it is to warrant a full chapter in a textbook. Here I try to show the features that characterise air pollution at various periods. An understanding of these characteristics can aid the way we view the sources of air pollutants and our response to them. Although I try to follow a chronological pattern, I will not stress this as it is my intention to focus on significant features, not chronology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Brimblecombe
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  1. 1.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUnited Kingdom

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