Air Pollution Impacts on Crops & Forests by Lisa Emberson, Frank Murray, M. R. Ashmore, Mike Ashmore

By Lisa Emberson, Frank Murray, M. R. Ashmore, Mike Ashmore

Pollution is an issue affecting the whole lot of our planet even though, its worldwide results are poorly understood. This booklet presents the 1st actually international evaluate of the dimensions of affects of pollution on plants and forests. The center of the publication contains tests of the matter via specialists from 12 varied international locations on each continent -- describing the proof of pollution results on crop yields and wooded area energy with reference to environmental rules. those analyses are put within the context of an international overview of the dimensions of present and destiny pollution degrees, in addition to within the socio-economic context of neighborhood creation structures.

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Emberson species and cultivars need to be clearly understood and reliable dose-response relationships defined for local varieties of important species. Secondly, monitoring networks must be established to record pollutant concentrations in rural agricultural/forested areas as well as urban/industrial locations. Thirdly, reliable air pollution transport models need to be developed to estimate current and future regional pollution levels. Finally, suitable methodologies must be developed to relate pollution to impacts, for use in risk assessment by policy-makers.

1993) used statistical techniques to compare a m b i e n t air versus non-filtered O T C t r e a t m e n t response a n d remove studies with a c h a m b e r effect. With the r e d u c e d data set, they r e p o r t e d a crop growth threshold as low as 35 p p b O3. Best fit was achieved between air quality a n d impacts on crop yield using cumulative frequency of mid-range concentrations between 5 0 - 8 7 p p b O3 (Krupa et al, 1994; Legge et al, 1995). While OTC's remain in use for certain applications such as relating foliar injury to local 0 3 exposure (Skelly et al, 1999), significant differences in micro-meteorology created within the chambers has seen their use decline.

In Canada, time series analysis (Dann a n d Summers, 1997) identified a significant declining trend in daily m a x i m u m O3 concentrations ranging from - 0 . 0 5 % to - 0 . 0 8 % yr _ 1 . Average days p e r year ( 1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 3 ) e x c e e d i n g t h e pre-2000 o n e - h o u r National Ambient Air Quality Objective (NAAQO) ranged from 18 in s o u t h e r n Ontario to 3 in the S o u t h e r n Adantic Region a n d 2 in the Lower Fraser Valley, British Columbia. , particulate matter less than 1 0 | i m diameter (PM 10 ) trends were published for the first time in 1997.

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