Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 13 | ARTICLE

Title: AIR POLLUTION AND EFFECTS ON HUMAN HEALTH

Author: Inês Lisboa (ines_cpsl@hotmail.com)*, Pedro Rodrigues (prodrigues@ipg.pt)**
* Licenciada em Engenharia do Ambiente. Mestranda em Sistemas Integrados de Gestão [AQS&RS] na ESTG/IPG. Formadora na área de Ambiente, Higiene e Segurança no Trabalho. | ** Doutorado em Química. Professor Adjunto na Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão do Instituto Politécnico da Guarda
Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 13

Abstract:
Over the years, air pollution has been seen differently. Initially only the chemicals were considered polluting agents, now a days, biological pollutants are subject to monitoring and studies. The most common air pollutants come mainly from industries, traffic and the pollination of plants and trees. Allergies have had a very significant increase and are now considered a public health problem. The paper presents several comparative studies carried out in Portugal and in Europe about the influence of air pollutants on public health. Big cities generally have higher concentration of pollutants than smaller cities, this is due not only to the excessive amount of car traffic, but also to large industrial areas surrounding. Each person, depending on age and health status have different responses to exposure to air pollutants. Respiratory, cardiovascular and allergic diseases are the most often related to air pollution.


Keywords: Air Pollution, Allergic Diseases, Pollens





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