The health effects of air pollution include asthma, strokes and cancers. These diseases can be caused by breathing in pollutants such as particulate matter, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide over a period of time.
We use specialist facilities to look at the exact chemical make-up of different pollution particles, finding the identity and quantity of different elements within any given chemical compound. Our research feeds into emerging medical studies that focus on how air pollutants react inside our bodies, and how pollution particles can trigger disease.
By finding out which pollutants cause the most damage to our health, we can focus government regulations on limiting the most damaging pollutants.