Effects of air pollution and meteorological parameters on human health in the city of Athens, Greece


Mentzakis, Emmanouil and Delfino, Doriana (2010) Effects of air pollution and meteorological parameters on human health in the city of Athens, Greece. International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 40, (1), 210-225. (doi:10.1504/IJEP.2010.030894).

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Description/Abstract

The impact of air pollution (CO, NO, NO2, SO2, O3) and meteorological parameters (air temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure) on three indicators of human morbidity (circulatory, respiratory and skin diseases) is quantified, while the sensitivity of the results to different model specifications is tested. Findings indicate that higher SO2 and CO levels significantly increase circulatory and skin diseases, respectively, while higher NO and O3 concentrations increase respiratory diseases. Air temperature is significantly associated with all human health indicators. This work highlights the need for lower air pollution standards for the city of Athens and a wider climate change policy.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0957-4352 (print)
1741-5101 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 345208
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2012 15:43
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:27
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/345208

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