Two new books on urban pollution published by Prof. Peter Brimblecombe

Urban Pollution and Changes to Materials and  Building Surfaces

Urban Pollution and Changes to Materials and Building Surfaces

Pollution damages materials, but it has changed dramatically in the past century, with a reduction in the concentration of corrosive primary pollutants in urban atmospheres. At the same time, architectural styles and types of materials have changed, as we have moved to more organically rich, photochemically active atmospheres. Contemporary pollutants have a greater potential to degrade organic coatings and polymers, which are of great importance to modern structures.

Urban Pollution and Changes to Materials and Building Surfaces examines a range of materials, discussing the ways in which they are likely to be damaged by contemporary urban pollutants, with an emphasis on the effects of air pollution. A chapter on graffiti is also included.

The wide scope covered means that this volume is suitable for readers from a broad background. It should be of interest to scientists and policymakers dealing with the effects of urban pollution, as well as undergraduate and graduate students working in this area.

 

 

 

大霧霾:中世紀以來的倫敦空氣污染史

 

《大霧霾:中世紀以來的倫敦空氣污染史》

自中世紀以來,倫敦城的空氣就一直飽受煤煙污染。 《大霧霾:中世紀以來的倫敦空氣污染史》便討論了中世紀以來倫敦的空氣污染歷史、公眾對污染認識的變化以及污染治理的艱難歷程。在17世紀初,倫敦便有了“霧都”的聲譽。到了19世紀,霧甚至成了造訪倫敦的遊客們必看的“特色”景觀。在1952年著名的大霧霾爆發之前,英國人已經認識到了煙霧對人的健康影響。而對污染的治理,卻經歷了一個漫長的過程。甚至直到現在,空氣污染,嚴重的霧霾天氣,仍然是現代社會亟待解決的問題。

書中不僅有對倫敦空氣污染、煤煙對環境影響的專業分析,還考察了霧霾對建築、家居、藝術創作和時尚生活等的影響。作者彼得•布林布爾科姆是國際權威的能源與環境專家、大氣化學教授,對倫敦空氣污染有多年​​研究,他認為污染的治理不僅是化學問題,更涉及到政治和法律監管。同時,他還是偵探小說的愛好者,這讓《大霧霾》這本書兼具學術性和趣味性,讀來如驚悚小說般酣暢淋漓。