Air quality in Manchester: holding our breath?

What does the city need to do to tackle air pollution?

Event starts at 12.00 - 13.30 on 5 March 2020 at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

Join us for an in-depth look at air pollution in Manchester.

Toxic air is now the biggest environmental risk of early death in the UK. Long and short-term exposure to emissions caused by transport, industrial activity, energy production or domestic heating increase risks of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Cities Outlook 2020 found that at least one in 23 deaths in the city were attributable to long-term exposure to just one pollutant – PM2.5 – and that nearly a fifth of monitored roads would breach World Health Organization guidelines for PM2.5 if they were adopted into UK law. Modelling for the five worst pollutants, the Met Office’s Daily Air Quality Index rose to levels where people with health conditions such as asthma would be affected on a total of 31 days in 2018.

In this panel debate, Centre for Cities and the University of Manchester will present their unique research and insight, looking at both existing policy and potential new initiatives for Manchester to combat air pollution. A speakers panel will give their responses to the research presentations and there will be an audience Q&A.

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Sheena Cruickshank – Professor in Biomedical Sciences and Public Engagement, University of Manchester¬†
  • Professor Hugh Coe – Professor of Atmospheric Composition, University of Manchester
  • Cllr Angeliki Stogia – Executive Member for Environment, Planning & Transport at Manchester City Council

The event will be chaired by Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities. The discussion will be followed by a networking lunch.

This event is free but places are limited so please use the link below to book your place.

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