Asia’s local air pollution and impacts on global climate change

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Asia has become one of the global economic centers responsible for nearly 30 % of global GDP as of 2011. This may not be too surprising when we consider the fact that 55 % of global population is concentrated in this area. However, considering the fact that Asia accounted for only 15 % of the global economy in 1973, it can be said that the change over the past 40 years has been quite considerable. At the same time, energy consumption increased along with economic growth. Furthermore, now Asia has a huge share of air pollution and greenhouse gases emission. The purpose of this chapter is to organize the data of the current situation where energy consumption is increasing along with economic growth in Asia and to have an overview of local air pollution and global environmental problems brought about as a result of energy consumption. We will analyze the energy structure in Asia which has low energy efficiency and large environmental impacts. However, as for local air pollution, the indications are showing that it has been on a course of improvement in recent years. Finally, the future outlook is examined based on that given by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Studies in Environmental Knowledge, Technology, Evaluation, and Strategy
Subtitle of host publicationIntroduction to East Asia Environmental Studies
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9784431558194
ISBN (Print)9784431558170
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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