Climate Change And Air Pollution

1381 WordsNov 18, 20146 Pages
DECC 2050: LOWEST AIR POLLUTION November 18, 2017 Air pollution is the introduction of particulates, biological molecules, or other harmful materials into the Earth’s atmosphere, which has adverse effects on human heath and the environment. Climate change and air pollution are interconnected, since pollutants such as methane and ozone that contribute to climate. Although the climate has always changed and humans have always adapted, anthropogenic forces increase that rate of change. The UK has a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 relative to 1990 levels. However one must note that this involves CO2 level reduction only, and does not include other pollutants, which affect air quality. Not to mention that some of the techniques used to decrease CO2 levels, such as CCS (carbon capture and storage), emit high levels of pollutants (due to the penalty of energy capture), hence reducing air quality. We cannot only focus on reducing emissions; we should also aim to make the decrease air pollution since it affects our standard of living, health, and environment. Using the DECC 2050 calculator we intend on achieving lowest air pollution levels (Target 6). Our assessment criteria is split into two types: First, primary assessment criteria: the impact of the pathway on air quality that is the damage to human health, arising from air pollution from the pathway, principally particulate matter). Second, secondary assessment criteria: cost (the cost
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