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Join us for the evening to learn about the variety of air pollutants that we’re exposed to, the global nature of it and how it affects our day to day lives, from our health to economic productivity.
The hazy shade of palm oil
Dr. Thomas Smith (Assistant Professor in Environmental Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science)
What has a bowl of Kellogg’s cornflakes to do with deadly air quality in Borneo? How is Avon lipstick linked with the disappearance of the Sumatran tiger? And how is a Ginster’s pasty associated with the ‘haze’ that blights Kuala Lumpur and Singapore? Thomas will discuss wildfire driven haze pollution in Southeast Asia—an anthropogenic environmental disaster that receives little attention from the Western press. The talk will explore his experience tracking down fires across Malaysia and Indonesia, and investigate links between pollution and intensified unsustainable agriculture in the region.
The Commuters Conundrum: How you can take control of your air pollution exposure
Andrew Grieve (Senior Air Quality Analyst, King's College London)
How do you get about town? Bike? Tube? Bus? Join Andrew Grieve, Senior Air Quality Analysist from King’s College London, to discover how the way you travel around London affects your exposure to air pollution. Come along and learn how the decisions you make contribute to how much air pollution you encounter day to day.
Air pollution and public health: emerging hazards and improved understanding of risk
Professor Frank Kelly (Professor of Environmental Health, King's College London)
Globally, it has been estimated that over 7 million people die each year prematurely due to air pollution. Ongoing rapid urbanisation is exposing us to higher concentrations and a greater variety of pollutants than ever before. Frank is going to tell us the different kinds of pollutants we are exposed to, and how current research is improving our understanding of the subsequent health risks, pressure on the health care system and how we could minimise them.