Air pollution continues to be the deadliest global environmental health risk, causing nearly 5 million deaths each year, mainly from exposure to fine particles (PM2.5). The burden of air pollution is greatest and increasing in countries with rapid economic development and urbanisation, along with a proliferation of emissions from industry, electric power generation, and motorised transport.
For many city governments in many low- and middle-income countries, the complexity and cost of understanding and controlling air pollution have been barriers to initiating or sustaining effective clean air action. A new approach in air quality management that combines conventional solutions with innovations in monitoring, assessment, data use, and organization can accelerate clean air action, especially in cities with presently limited technical capacity.
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