Air pollution has become the world's greatest environmental health risk, and science is only beginning to reveal its wide-ranging effects. What happened to the air we breathe? Sustainability journalist Tim Smedley has travelled the world to try and find the answer, visiting cities at the forefront of the fight against air pollution, including Delhi, Beijing, London, and Paris.
Smedley is a problem solver, discussing hopeful stories of improving air quality before he has even finished his prologue ... In a news cycle that increasingly informs us that all hope is lost, it is uplifting to read that Smedley, an award-winning sustainability journalist, does not think so.
... a shocking litany of damaged lives, laid bare by Smedley in stark and vivid terms. [Smedley is] clearly motivated by concern for [his] own children and [he] rightly links the crisis we face from polluted air to the catastrophe that is already being triggered by global warming ... prescriptive and ends his book with a detailed blueprint for saving our cities.
... exceedingly readable ... supporters of diesel fuel are going to be hard pressed to defend their position in the face of this factual onslaught ... Smedley provides a way out of our international air-pollution nightmare, offering a handy 'Clean Air Blueprint.' This important work from a determined writer will inspire many.