Air quality guidelines. Global update 2005. Particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide



2006, ix + 484 pages
ISBN 92 890 2192 6
CHF 100.00
In developing countries CHF 70.00
Order no. 13400066

The WHO air quality guidelines offer guidance on reducing the effects on health of air pollution. This book presents revised guideline values for the four most common air pollutants - particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide - based on a recent review of the accumulated scientific evidence.

The rationale for selection of each guideline value is supported by a synthesis of information emerging from research on the health effects of each pollutant. As a result, these guidelines now also apply globally. They can be read in conjunction with Air quality guidelines for Europe, 2nd edition, which is still the authority on guideline values for all other air pollutants.

As well as revised guideline values, this book makes a brief yet comprehensive review of the issues affecting the application of the guidelines in risk assessment and policy development. Further, it summarizes information on:

  • pollution sources and levels in various parts of the world
  • population exposure and characteristics affecting sensitivity to pollution
  • methods for quantifying the health burden of air pollution
  • the use of guidelines in developing air quality standards and other policy tools.

Finally, the special case of indoor air pollution is explored.

Prepared by a large team of renowned international experts who considered conditions in various parts of the globe, these guidelines are applicable throughout the world. They provide reliable guidance for policy-makers everywhere when considering the various options for air quality management.