World Environment Day 2019


Chosen by this year’s host, China, the theme of World Environment Day 2019 invites us all to consider how we can change our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce. Air pollution is a global emergency affecting everyone. Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. 

At Springer Nature, we are pleased to support World Environment Day by presenting you, the researcher, a special interview with Professor Junji Cao and a selection of our top content made freely available. Including both highly cited and accessed book chapters and journal articles; we hope you find them of interest.

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Professor Junji Cao

Director of Key Lab of Aerosol Chemistry & Physics and Vice President of Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof. Cao is a highly influential scholar particularly in the areas of air pollution control, publishing nearly 500 papers with a total citation of ~18,000 in various academic journals. He was the first Asian scholar to win the "2013 Frank A. Chambers Excellence in Air Pollution Control Award".

Read our exclusive interview with Professor Junji Cao

He shares with us...

  • His overall evaluation of the Clean Air Action Plan 2013-2017 and prospect for the Three-year Action Plan for Winning the Blue Sky War 2018-2020. 
  • His view on the increasing ozone pollution in China.
  • The first anti-pollution key project, HSALSCS (Hybrid Solar Assisted Large Scale Cleaning System) in China, led by Prof. Cao.   

Enjoy Reading a Selection of Top Pollution Research

Free access is available for the featured articles and chapters until 5th July 2019. Open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis.

A review of AirQ Models and their applications for forecasting the air pollution health outcomes

from Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Acute diesel exhaust exposure and postural stability: a controlled crossover experiment

from Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology

Acute effects of ambient air pollution on outpatient children with respiratory diseases in Shijiazhuang, China

from BMC Pulmonary Medicine

Aging by pollutants: introducing the aging dose (AD)50

from Environmental Sciences Europe

Air Quality and Atmospheric Particulate Matter Control

from Environmental Management in Mega Construction Projects (book)

Ambient air pollution and thrombosis

from Particle and Fibre Toxicology

Ambient air quality and spatio-temporal patterns of cardiovascular emergency department visits

from International Journal of Health Geographics

Association of childhood pulmonary tuberculosis with exposure to indoor air pollution: a case control study

from BMC Public Health

Associations between environmental quality and infant mortality in the United States, 2000–2005

from Archives of Public Health

Atmospheric circulation and dynamic mechanism for persistent haze events in the Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei region

from Advances in Atmospheric Sciences

Climate Change and Air Quality in Southeastern China: Hong Kong Study

from Climate Change and Air Pollution (book)

Comparison of chemical compositions in air particulate matter during summer and winter in Beijing, China

from Environmental Geochemistry and Health

Decadal Land-Cover Changes in China and Their Impacts on the Atmospheric Environment

from Land-Atmospheric Research Applications in South and Southeast Asia (book)

Deep eutectic solvents as green absorbents of volatile organic pollutants

from Environmental Chemistry Letters

Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on Asian Crops and Garden Plants

from Air Pollution Impacts on Plants in East Asia (book)

Environmental health surveillance in a future European health information system

from Archives of Public Health

Environmental Policy Under President Xi Jinping Leadership: The Changing Environmental Norms

from Environmental Policy and Governance in China (book)

Estimating urban above ground biomass with multi-scale LiDAR

from Carbon Balance and Management

Everyone Is Exposed Every Day

from Particles in the Air (book)

Evolution of atmospheric boundary layer structure and its relationship with air quality in Wuhan, China

from Arabian Journal of Geosciences

Evolution of CO2 emissions and driving factors in the Tongzhou District in Beijing

from Natural Hazards

Exploring motivations behind pollution-mask use in a sample of young adults in urban China

from Globalization and Health

FTIR analysis of molecular composition changes in hazel pollen from unpolluted and urbanized areas

from Aerobiologia

Geographic and socio-economic variation in markers of indoor air pollution in Nepal: evidence from nationally-representative data

from BMC Public Health

Global commitments and China’s endeavors to promote health and achieve sustainable development goals

from Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition

Health status and air pollution related socioeconomic concerns in urban China

from International Journal for Equity in Health

Local Arctic air pollution: Sources and impacts

from Ambio

Overview of Persistent Haze Events in China

from Air Pollution in Eastern Asia: An Integrated Perspective (book)

Relative contributions of boundary-layer meteorological factors to the explosive growth of PM2.5 during the red-alert heavy pollution episodes in Beijing in December 2016

from Journal of Meteorological Research

Science-based approach for credible accounting of mitigation in managed forests

from Carbon Balance and Management

Short-term effects of ambient fine particulate matter pollution on hospital visits for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Beijing, China

from Environmental Health

Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Air Pollution in Chinese Cities

from Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

The green soul of the concrete jungle: the urban century, the urban psychological penalty, and the role of nature

from Sustainable Earth

The impact of outdoor air pollutants on outpatient visits for respiratory diseases during 2012–2016 in Jinan, China

from Respiratory Research

The influences of industrial gross domestic product, urbanization rate, environmental investment, and coal consumption on industrial air pollutant emission in China

from Environmental and Ecological Statistics

The phytoremediation of indoor air pollution: a review on the technology development from the potted plant through to functional green wall biofilters

from Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology

The Planetary Accounting Framework: a novel, quota-based approach to understanding the impacts of any scale of human activity in the context of the Planetary Boundaries

from Sustainable Earth

The relation between air pollution and respiratory deaths in Tehran, Iran- using generalized additive models

from BMC Pulmonary Medicine

The short-term effects of air pollutants on hospitalizations for respiratory disease in Hefei, China

from International Journal of Biometeorology

Urban environment as an independent predictor of insulin resistance in a South Asian population

from International Journal of Health Geographics

Urbanization and air quality as major drivers of altered spatiotemporal patterns of heavy rainfall in China

from Landscape Ecology

Variations in the structure of airborne bacterial communities in Tsogt-Ovoo of Gobi desert area during dust events

from Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health


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