Definition of Policies and Standards
The effects of air pollution on health, crops and forest harvests, ecosystems and the climate impact on market expenditures. The market costs of air pollution include reduced labour productivity, additional health outlay, and crop and forest yield losses. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicts that these costs will increase to reach about 2% of European gross domestic product (GDP) in 2060, leading to a reduction in capital accumulation and a slowdown in economic growth.
It should be our priority to protect our health and wellbeing on earth. One of the first steps is to develop and implement local, national, and international policies and standards.
Technological development and structural and behavioural changes must be bound together in new holistic solutions. These will be necessary to achieve human wellbeing and social development, to protect natural capital and to support economic prosperity.
There are several actions which we can take to make air quality better, not only for us but for our future generations. If not addressed in a timely manner, worsening air quality can cause severe harm to the entire planetary ecosystem.