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Particles in Our Air

Particles in Our Air

Exposures and Health Effects

Edited by John Daniel Spengler and Richard Wilson

ISBN 9780674240773

Publication date: 04/15/1996

It is no secret that the burning of fossil fuels causes air pollution and adversely affects the health of the human population. Over the last 10 years, research has been providing new insight about the health consequences of particulate air pollution. Generated by the use of fossil energy, respirable-sized particles pose a major threat to our environment and health. In this book the hypothesis that fossil fuels are the primary culprit is examined in detail, including the nature, generation, and transport of particulate air pollution. The authors cite studies on animals and epidemiological studies—those showing acute effects soon after exposure and those exhibiting chronic effects decades later—and include models describing mechanisms by which the effects of fine particulates can be induced. Through its probing inquiry, this book makes clear that present levels of air pollution, even in countries with aggressive environmental controls, are a health hazard that must be contended with.


  • This edited volume on the health effects of air contaminants reflects the combined wisdom of twelve prominent academics...For those involved in air quality research or management, or for those teaching air quality measurement in the classroom, this is an essential book...It is a good high-level textbook, inexpensive and well-presented.

    —Dona Schneider, The Environmentalist [UK]


  • John Spengler is Professor of Environmental Health at Harvard University.
  • Richard Wilson was Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 265 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard School of Public Health