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The Nexus between Air Pollution, Green Infrastructure and Human Health

Kumar, Prashant, Druckman, Angela, Gallagher, John, Gatersleben, Birgitta, Allison, Sarah, Eisenman, Theodore S., Hoang, Uy, Hama, Sarkawt, Tiwari, Arvind, Sharma, Ashish , Abhijith, K V, Adlakha, Deepti, McNabola, Aonghus, Astell-Burt, Thomas, Feng, Xiaoqi, Skeldon, Anne, de Lusignan, Simon and Morawska, Lidia (2019) The Nexus between Air Pollution, Green Infrastructure and Human Health Environment International, 133 A, 105181.

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Abstract

Cities are constantly evolving and so are the living conditions within and between them. Rapid urbanization and the ever-growing need for housing have turned large areas of many cities into concrete landscapes that lack greenery. Green infrastructure can support human health, provide socio-economic and environmental benefits, and bring color to an otherwise grey urban landscape. Sometimes, benefits come with downsides in relation to its impact on air quality and human health, requiring suitable data and guidelines to implement effective greening strategies. Air pollution and human health, as well as green infrastructure and human health, are often studied together. Linking green infrastructure with air quality and human health together is a unique aspect of this article. A holistic understanding of these links is key to enabling policymakers and urban planners to make informed decisions. By critically evaluating the link between green infrastructure and human health via air pollution mitigation, we also discuss if our existing understanding of such interventions is enabling their uptake in practice. Both the natural science and epidemiology approach the topic of green infrastructure and human health very differently. The pathways linking health benefits to pollution reduction by urban vegetation remain unclear and that the mode of green infrastructure deployment is critical to avoid unintended consequences. Strategic deployment of green infrastructure may reduce downwind pollution exposure. However, the development of bespoke design guidelines is vital to promote and optimize greening benefits and measuring green infrastructure’s socio-economic and health benefits are key for their uptake. Greening cities to mitigate pollution effects is on the rise and these needs to be matched by scientific evidence and appropriate guidelines. We conclude that urban vegetation can facilitate broad health benefits, but there is little empirical evidence linking these benefits to air pollution reduction by urban vegetation, and appreciable efforts are needed to establish the underlying policies, design and engineering guidelines governing its deployment.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Kumar, PrashantP.Kumar@surrey.ac.uk
Druckman, AngelaA.Druckman@surrey.ac.uk
Gallagher, John
Gatersleben, BirgittaB.Gatersleben@surrey.ac.uk
Allison, Sarahs.allison@surrey.ac.uk
Eisenman, Theodore S.
Hoang, Uyu.hoang@surrey.ac.uk
Hama, Sarkawts.m.hama@surrey.ac.uk
Tiwari, Arvinda.tiwari@surrey.ac.uk
Sharma, Ashisha.sharma@surrey.ac.uk
Abhijith, K V
Adlakha, Deepti
McNabola, Aonghus
Astell-Burt, Thomas
Feng, Xiaoqi
Skeldon, AnneA.Skeldon@surrey.ac.uk
de Lusignan, SimonS.Lusignan@surrey.ac.uk
Morawska, Lidia
Date : December 2019
Funders : EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
DOI : 10.1016/j.envint.2019.105181
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2019 The Authors
Uncontrolled Keywords : Pollution exposure; Physical and mental health; Environmental health; Passive control; City greening
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 25 Sep 2019 10:07
Last Modified : 22 Nov 2019 13:23
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852784

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