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Global CitiesUrban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China$
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Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035910

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035910.001.0001

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Breathing Air

Breathing Air

(p.61) 3 Breathing Air
Global Cities

Robert Gottlieb

Simon Ng

The MIT Press

This chapter analyzes the history and current state of air pollution in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China. It describes the health and environmental impacts from various pollution sources, and includes a particular focus on diesel and particulates. It identifies the research and action that has been undertaken in all three places, how they differ and how they overlap, and the policy agendas and initiatives to eliminate, reduce or control air pollution that have been developed. It also explores cross-border pollution issues, particularly between the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, and how policy changes in one place (e.g., Los Angeles) have influenced the other places (e.g., Hong Kong and China). It also identifies where policy changes have been successful and where they remain incomplete or poorly implemented.

Keywords:   Air pollution, Public health, Diesel, PM2.5, Selling Air, Clean Air Plan, Cross-border pollution, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Leaded Gasoline, Air Quality Objectives

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