Essay in HuffPo titled Cities Must Act Now To Clear Up Their Act And Clean Up Our Air by Doaa Abdel-Motaal, the Executive Director, Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, Oxford Martin School (PHN! has featured the Economic Council before) on the importance of pollution in urban health matters -- with an eye toward the impact of pollution on health and emissions mitigation.
As urban air quality declines, the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, increases for the people who live in them. That’s the bad news. The good news is that with better urban planning – that includes energy-efficient buildings, improved public transit, green and open spaces – cities can aspire to much better air quality and dramatically improved human health.