Can a “Blue Sky” return to Indian megacities?

Kumar, Prashant, Jain, Suresh, Gurjar, B.R., Sharma, Prateek, Khare, Mukesh , Morawska, Lidia, & Britter, Rex (2013) Can a “Blue Sky” return to Indian megacities? Atmospheric Environment, 71, pp. 198-201.

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Deterioration of air quality in Indian megacities (Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata) is much more significant than that observed in the megacities of developed countries. Densely packed high-rise buildings restrict the self-cleaning capabilities of Indian megacities. Also, the ever growing number of on-road vehicles, resuspension of the dust, and anthropogenic activities exacerbate the levels of ambient air pollution, which is in turn breathed by urban dwellers. Pollution levels exceeding the standards on a regular basis often result in a notable increase in morbidity and mortality. This article discusses the challenges faced by Indian megacities in their quest for sustainable growth, without compromising the air quality and urban way of life.

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ID Code: 58653
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: megacities , developed countries, ambient air pollution, urban , air quality
DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.01.055
ISSN: 1352-2310
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2013 01:36
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 02:01

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