• Introduction

Atmospheric Pollution keeps the momentum of a hot topic of research from the beginning of industrial revolution. The WHO reports point out that air pollution claims 6.5 million deaths every year. The Increased level of fine particulate matter is associated with mortality and precursor of non-communicable disease epidemic makes the research more diverse and inevitable. The detrimental effect of air pollution poses a threat to babies lives and future. The diverse types of pollutants in the air across different environments make it difficult to determine the extent of air pollution. The use of rapidly disintegrating synthetic materials, fossil fuels, and pesticides coupled with the sealing of buildings for prevention of heat / cold loss resulting in indoor air pollution. Urbanization driven by increasing population results in air quality depletion in regional level, reduced visibility and discoloration to heritage monuments. 88 % of urban population lives in areas exceeding air quality standards. Particulate pollutions are resulted by increased vehicular traffic, industrial activities, energy production, waste incineration, etc. Atmospheric heavy metals, though present in small quantities can exert toxic effects, posing human health risks and long-term burden on the biogeochemical cycling in the environment.

The Emissions from industries of developing nations are high due to inadequate pollution control measures. Several cities in India exceeded the national air quality standards for PM10 and PM2.5. Increasing Population, higher vehicular population, depraved public transportation systems, land use pattern, rapid industrialization, etc. are contributing to air pollution in India. The reduction in air pollution has identified as a key component to achieve sustainable development and reducing adverse health impacts along with climate change effect.

The conference organizes by School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University focuses on the developmental research works on air pollution, its chemical transformation in different environment and toxicity. The conference will provide a platform for interaction among air quality researchers, climate and health research, policy makers, and NGO’s and will address issues related to latest research advancement in air pollution, new applications, the integrated methods to monitor, reduce and control air pollution in the environment. The seminar will contribute to the knowledge enhancement in the field of indoor air pollution and atmospheric heavy metal pollution research and brings awareness among students, teachers and public.