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Future Earth discussed “Air Pollution and Human Health in Asia” at the 17th Conference of the Science Council of Asia

See the list of speakers and presentation slides for the Future Earth Session at the Conference. 

Air pollution has emerged as a major environmental problem in Asia and extraordinary smog and haze events regularly come to the top of the international news. While the scale of the problem is obvious, both the specific mechanisms underlying the problem and possible solutions are still under investigation. Future Earth has prioritized health as one of its key challenges and is in the process of establishing a Knowledge-Action Network on this issue. Regional Future Earth meetings in Asia also have identified air pollution as an urgent topic for regional research collaboration. The Session built on such earlier discussions and had as objectives to:

  • Assess the impact of air pollution on health in Asia;
  • Identify knowledge gaps and potential areas where co-design and co-production of research can contribute to solving the problems;
  • Explore possible research collaborations in the region.


Roberto F. RaƱola, University of the Philippines at Los Banos and Regional Advisory Committee for Future Earth in Asia

Hein Mallee, Regional Center for Future Earth in Asia

Speakers   Click the presenation title to access the slides.

Nordin Hasan, Institute for Environment and Development of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Regional Advisory Committee for Future Earth in Asia

“Air Pollution and Human Health in Asia: Experience in adopting and promoting the systems approach for transdisciplinary research on air pollution and health in Asia”

Fumiko Kasuga, Future Earth Global Hub, Tokyo

“Future Earth and Air Pollution”

S.K. Satheesh, Indian Institute of Science and Regional Office for Future Earth in South Asia

“Air Quality and Health: Indian Perspective”

Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Academia Sinica, Taipei and Regional Advisory Committee for Future Earth in Asia

“Asian Culture-related Air Pollution Sources and Health Implications”

Soon-chang Yoon, Vice President for External Relations,  the Korean Academy of Science and Technology and Regional Advisory Committee for Future Earth in Asia

“A 7-year National Strategic Research Project on PM2.5 Studies (2017-2024) in Korea”

Tanimoto Hiroshi, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

“Research challenges for air pollution in Asia: Perspectives from International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Project”


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