Climate Change and Health – Chapter 6 – Air Pollution

The film clip above is a section from the video you saw on the first page; watch this segment to remind you of the main issues related to this topic.


  1. Does climate change increase air pollution levels? Why or why not?
  2. Which illnesses are caused or exacerbated by air pollution?
  3. Which methods of power generation are most and least harmful to health?
  4. Why have healthier methods not been adopted across Europe?


Multiple authors. 2014. Europe’s Dirty 30: How the EU’s Coal fired power plants are undermining its climate efforts. → Access here

Multiple authors. 2016. Europe’s Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick. → Access here

De Sario M, Katsouyanni K, Michelozzi P. 2013. Climate change, extreme weather events, air pollution and respiratory health in Europe. Eur Respir J. 42(3):826-43. → Access here

The Guardian. 2013. European coal pollution causes 22300 premature deaths a year study shows → Access here