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Analyzing the effects of traffic on urban air quality


Urban areas worldwide grapple with a silent but significant menace: air pollution. Among the various contributors to this environmental challenge, vehicular traffic stands out as a primary culprit, exerting a profound influence on the quality of the air we breathe in densely populated cities. The combustion of fossil fuels in vehicles releases a cocktail of pollutants into the atmosphere. These pollutants not only pose immediate health risks but also contribute to long-term environmental degradation. Exposure to traffic-related air pollutants has severe health consequences. Respiratory issues, aggravated asthma, cardiovascular problems, and even premature death are linked to long-term exposure to polluted urban air. Particulate matter, consisting of tiny particles suspended in the air, poses a significant threat to human health.. The impact of traffic on air quality varies across cities and even within different areas of the same city. Congested urban centers and traffic-clogged roads tend to have higher pollution levels, but factors such as meteorological conditions, traffic density, and urban design play crucial roles in determining local air quality.

The correlation between traffic and urban air quality is undeniable, presenting a pressing challenge for policymakers, urban planners, and citizens alike. Addressing this issue requires a concerted effort involving technological innovation, policy interventions, and individual responsibility. By prioritizing sustainable transportation solutions and embracing cleaner, more efficient modes of mobility, cities can pave the way toward a healthier, more breathable future. Understanding the intricate relationship between traffic and urban air quality is pivotal in shaping policies and practices that prioritize public health and environmental sustainability in our rapidly urbanizing world.


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Dr. Akshit Lamba

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering




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