The Effects of Air Pollution in Cities

July 8th, 2013

The levels of air pollution in towns and cities could be responsible for major health problems in urban populations, according to The Fifth Estate.

Now that more than half of the world’s population resides in towns and cities, town planning needs to consider the health implications of air pollution.

In China, air pollution is thought to be responsible for so-called cancer villages, whilst 99 per cent of China’s urban residents are exposed to unsafe air, based on European Union standards.

Some areas are taking steps to combat the effects of air pollution. Victoria’s Municipal Public Health Plans aim to make public health a central focus for local government.

The Fifth Estate suggested town planners should look to countries such as Singapore, which is already attempting to tackle the problem. Singapore planners must take a long-term view when considering land use and town planning. Singapore spends less on healthcare than any other high-income country, yet ranks sixth in health care outcomes worldwide.