The Climate Change and Air Pollution: The Correlated Actions

The Climate Change and Air Pollution: The Correlated Actions

A. S. Maheshwari (Anna University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7289-3.ch008


Environmental pollution states the toxification by different forms of pollutants in the surroundings. This causes the natural system imbalance and affects the life on earth in different ways. The emissions of pollutants into air result in climate changes. The rising levels of CO2 and other air-polluting gases increase the greenhouse effect which results in temperature elevations and affects global weather patterns. Bill Gates also warned “Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved; it deserves to be a huge priority”. Though climate change and air pollution are closely linked, these are treated as separate problems. Hence, it is aimed to understand the aspects of association between climate change and air pollution in this chapter with the objectives: (i) To know the basics of climate change and air pollution, (ii) To review the active background studies on climate change as well as on air pollution, (iii) To identify the issues, controversies, problems which include the effects of global warming and greenhouse gases followed by the types of air pollutants and its harmful effects, (iv) To find the solutions and recommendations, the discussions are made on climate laws and policies, (v) To retrieve, analyze and store the climate change related information, the description about models, tools and databases are given, (vi) To have a flawless insights on the association of climate change and air pollution, (vii) To exemplify species indicators for the assessment of the effect of air pollution on climate change are also included. As Bernie Sanders said “Climate change is a planetary crisis. We've got to act, and we have to act boldly”.
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“We've been given a warning by science, and a wake-up call by nature; it is up to us now to heed them” - Bill McKibben, speaking of Hurricane Sandy on November 1st, 2012.



Air pollution is caused by the harmful substances like sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds and other greenhouse gases (Ritchie and Roser, 2017). John Walke, the Director of the Clean Air Project, part of the Climate and Clean Air program at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) stated as energy use and production is being the main cause for much air pollution. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the air pollutants arise from different sources and its by-products be the greatest environmental threat to human health.

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