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Raising awareness of traffic pollution: the potential benefits and problems of using a warning smell

Barnett, Adrian G., Graves, Nicholas, & Rocklöv, Joacim (2011) Raising awareness of traffic pollution: the potential benefits and problems of using a warning smell. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)

Abstract

Exposure to traffic pollution is increasing worldwide as people move to cities, and as more vehicles join the roads, creating longer journeys and more traffic jams. Most traffic pollutants are odourless and invisible, which hides exposure from the public. If traffic pollution had a distinctive smell it would enable people to avoid exposure, and increase the political will for difficult policy changes. A smell may also instigate longer-term changes, such as switching to active transport for school pick-ups. A smell could be added using a fuel additive or a temporary device attached to vehicle exhausts.

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ID Code: 47901
Item Type: Working Paper
Keywords: traffic, pollution, death, smell
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Environment Policy (160507)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Authors
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2011 09:37
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2011 22:16

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