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March 11, 2020 Wednesday 02:13:02 PM IST

Birmingham experts join forces in global fight for clean air

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Experts at the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Global Innovation (IGI) have launched a new multi-disciplinary research theme around clean air that could help to save millions of lives around the world. Air pollution is the largest environmental cause of non-communicable diseases. Poor air quality leads to some 8 million premature deaths around the world every year - more than malaria and HIV-AIDS combined.

Working closely with the University’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), the new Clean Air theme unites world-leading atmospheric scientists, clinicians, economic geographers, transport specialists and social scientists to develop holistic solutions to air pollution.

Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to UNESCO Matthew Lodge launched the new research theme at a special event at the IGI-IAS centre on campus, ahead of delivering a keynote speech at the University Annual Meeting.

The IGI research team will focus on indoor and outdoor air quality with its studies providing insights relevant to both the UK and Low- and Middle-income Countries (LMIC).

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