Reports & Publications

To win any battle, we need to know our enemy. The United Nations Environment Programme and its partners, such as the World Health Organization, are constantly updating the science on air pollution and researching new solutions. Read the reports linked below to find out everything you need to know so you can act appropriately. 

The State of Global Air Quality Funding 2020

The State of Global Air Quality Funding 2020 provides an analysis of global Official Development Finance and foundation funding flows towards outdoor air quality initiatives between 2015 and 2019. Its aim is to identify gaps in funding and opportunities for strategic investment and collaboration to…

Towards a pollution-free planet: background report

Pollution today is pervasive and persistent. While the world has achieved significant economic growth over the past few decades, it has been accompanied by large amounts of pollution, with significant impacts on human health and ecosystems and the ways in which some of the major Earth systems…

A Review of Air Pollution Control in Beijing: 1998-2013

Since 1998, Beijing has prioritized air pollution control and moved aggressively to control emissions from all sources. The city’s efforts in this endeavour over the past 15 years is comprised of several elements — scientific research (emission inventories, monitoring and modelling), coordination (…

A review of 20 Years’ Air Pollution Control in Beijing

In 1998, Beijing began an intensified air pollution control programme, and over the last 20 years the city has implemented a series of measures including energy infrastructure optimization, coal-fired pollution control and vehicle emission controls. These efforts successfully reduced air pollution…

Integrated Assessment of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Latin America and the Caribbean: Summary for Decision Makers

Summary for Decision Makers from the first regional assessment of short-lived climate pollutants in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. Through this assessment, policy makers and implementers will be able to better quantify and understand the relevant emissions in the region; identify…

Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based solutions

This report identifies 25 clean air measures that can positively impact human health, crop yields, climate change and socio-economic development, as well as contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Implementing these measures could help 1 billion people breathe cleaner air by 2030…

GEO-6 Chapter 12: Air Policy

Institutional capacity to manage air pollution, climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and persistent bioaccumulative toxic substances varies significantly across the world (well established). In some regions and countries (e.g. North America, Western Europe, East Asia), there are well-…

GEO-6 Chapter 5: Air

Concentrations of CO2 and other long-lived greenhouse gases (GHGs) continue to increase, driven mainly by people consuming fossil fuels to satisfy ever-increasing demands for energy (well established). Given the current concentrations of GHGs and their lifetime in the atmosphere, significant…

Actions on Air Quality

In 2012, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that poor air quality causes between 7 and 8 million premature deaths every year. This makes air pollution the leading environmental cause of premature deaths. Exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution is closely linked to increased…