Health benefits from improved outdoor air quality and intervention in China

Shanshan Li, Gail Williams, Yuming Guo

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China is at its most critical stage of outdoor air quality management. In order to prevent further deterioration of air quality and to protect human health, the Chinese government has made a series of attempts to reduce ambient air pollution. Unlike previous literature reviews on the widespread hazards of air pollution on health, this review article firstly summarized the existing evidence of human health benefits from intermittently improved outdoor air quality and intervention in China. Contents of this paper provide concrete and direct clue that improvement in outdoor air quality generates various health benefits in China, and confirm from a new perspective that it is worthwhile for China to shift its development strategy from economic growth to environmental economic sustainability. Greater emphasis on sustainable environment design, consistently strict regulatory enforcement, and specific monitoring actions should be regarded in China to decrease the health risks and to avoid long-term environmental threats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Air pollution
  • China
  • Health benefit
  • Intervention
  • Outdoor

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