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Health effects of black carbon

dc.contributor.authorWorld Health Organization
dc.identifier.isbn978 92 890 0265 3
dc.descriptionBlack carbon is a good indicator of combustion-related air pollution, and was only recently recognized as a short-lived climate-forcer, which contributes to warming the Earth's atmosphere.This report presents the results of a systematic review of evidence of the health effects of black carbon in ambient air. Epidemiological studies provide sufficient evidence of the association of cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality with exposure to black carbon. Toxicological studies suggest that black carbon may operate as a universal carrier of a wide variety of chemicals of varying toxicity to the human body. Although black carbon may not be a major, directly toxic component of fine particulate matter, reducing peoples exposure to particulate matter containing black carbon should reduce its effects on their health, as well as helping to mitigate climate change.This review is of particular interest to environmental health professionals concerned with assessing and reducing the health effects of air pollution, as well as to those who use scientific evidence in support of climate change mitigation policies.
dc.subjectair pollution
dc.subjectatmospheric pollution
dc.subjectair pollutant
dc.subjectair quality
dc.subjectair quality control
dc.subjectair quality impact
dc.subjectair quality management
dc.subjectair quality monitoring
dc.subjectatmospheric monitoring
dc.subjecthealth protection
dc.subjectenvironmental health impact assessment
dc.subjectenvironmental pollution
dc.subject.classificationEcosystem Management
dc.subject.classificationClimate Change
dc.titleHealth effects of black carbon
dc.typeReports and Books
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 13 - Climate Action

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