Air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk, causing more preventable diseases than any other environmental pollution and killing 7 million people every year. Exposure to air pollution is a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as heart diseases, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, lung cancer and respiratory infections such as childhood pneumonia. With 9 out of 10 people breathing polluted air, the burden on public health is substantial. Reducing air pollution requires us to address the main sources, including the inefficient production, use and distribution of energy, the low energy efficiency in houses, buildings and manufacturing, and unsuitable solid waste management systems.
– Randeep Guleria, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Pulmonologist & Critical Care Specialist, Director & CEO of AIIMS
– Dan Greenbaum, Health Effects Institute, President
– Nour El-Gendy, EPRI – MSA – Cairo University, Egypt, Professor
– Vartika Mathur, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, Head, Animal-Plant Interactions lab and Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Sri Venkateswara College University of Delhi
– Vishal Verma, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering