Air Quality in a Cleaner Energy World

Donald J Wuebbles, Swarnali Sanyal

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Abstract

Two major environmental issues, air quality and climate change, are interlinked because of their large dependence on atmospheric emissions from human activities, especially from the burning of fossil fuels. Emission of air pollutants and heat trapping gases have greatly increased over the last five decades from our dependence throughout the world on conventional fossil fuel sources in production of electricity and in transportation systems, resulting in significant environmental issues with air quality and climate change throughout our planet. Future emissions of pollutants will depend on the choices made about our use of energy and transportation. The purpose of this study is to examine for now and into the future the relationship between energy production, the associated use of fossil fuels, and resulting effects on air pollution. In the process, we examine a clean energy future, imagined in this case for 2050, and then consider the resulting potential effects on air quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-129
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Pollution Reports
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Air quality
  • Energy
  • Ozone
  • Particles

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  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Air Quality in a Cleaner Energy World. / Wuebbles, Donald J; Sanyal, Swarnali.

In: Current Pollution Reports, Vol. 1, No. 2, 01.06.2015, p. 117-129.

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Wuebbles, Donald J ; Sanyal, Swarnali. / Air Quality in a Cleaner Energy World. In: Current Pollution Reports. 2015 ; Vol. 1, No. 2. pp. 117-129.
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