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You and the planet: air

Online event

Location

the Royal Society YouTube channel

Overview

Air pollution causes around 7 million premature deaths every year, according to the World Health Organisation. And, as well as the impact on human health, poor air quality and increasing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere have a serious impact on our planet’s health.

Aerial view of smoke billowing from a factory. Image credit: Evgeny555

From the cars we drive, fuels we burn and animals we farm to the garbage we landfill and beyond, human activity continues to be the main source of pollutants in our air. Without urgent action, we will continue to see increasing global temperatures, extreme weather, damage to biodiversity and loss of human life. But what can we do to tackle the problem we are currently facing? And how can we take clean, fresh steps forward? 

Join our panel of experts as they clear the air and explore the options and opportunities to improve air quality and, in turn, the quality of life on Earth.

The event is being hosted in partnership with Manchester Science Festival and will also be streamed as a part of NI Science Festival.

Attending this event

  • The event will be livestreamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel on Tuesday 16 February at 6pm GMT
  • This event is free to join and there is no registration required
  • If you would like to be reminded about the event, you can sign up here
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • For all enquiries, please contact events@royalsociety.org

Speakers

The event will be hosted by Helen Pidd, North of England editor of the Guardian and founding member of Walk Ride Greater Manchester. Helen will be joined by: 

  • Professor David Fowler CBE FRSE FRS, world leading expert on air pollution, formerly of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Dr Mark RichardsSenior Lecturer and Head of Outreach in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London
  • Dr Ther Wint Aung, National Geographic Explorer leading a project on energy poverty
  • Dr Suzanne Bartington, Clinical Research Fellow in Environmental Health in the Institute of Applied Health Research and Honorary Consultant in Public Health at Public Health England

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