Climate change, air quality, and respiratory health: a focus on particle deposition in the lungs

Jer Hwa Chang, Yueh Lun Lee, Li Te Chang, Ta Yuan Chang, Ta Chih Hsiao, Kian Fan Chung, Kin Fai Ho, Han-Ping Kuo, Kang Yun Lee, Kai Jen Chuang, Hsiao Chi Chuang*

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Abstract

This review article delves into the multifaceted relationship between climate change, air quality, and respiratory health, placing a special focus on the process of particle deposition in the lungs. We discuss the capability of climate change to intensify air pollution and alter particulate matter physicochemical properties such as size, dispersion, and chemical composition. These alterations play a significant role in influencing the deposition of particles in the lungs, leading to consequential respiratory health effects. The review paper provides a broad exploration of climate change’s direct and indirect role in modifying particulate air pollution features and its interaction with other air pollutants, which may change the ability of particle deposition in the lungs. In conclusion, climate change may play an important role in regulating particle deposition in the lungs by changing physicochemistry of particulate air pollution, therefore, increasing the risk of respiratory disease development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2264881
Pages (from-to)2264881
JournalAnnals of Medicine
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • Air pollution
  • COPD
  • asthma
  • children
  • extreme weather
  • secondary organic aerosol
  • Air Pollutants/adverse effects
  • Climate Change
  • Humans
  • Lung
  • Air Pollution/adverse effects

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