Estimates of health effects are often based on very uncertain assumptions: both population exposure patterns and the shape and magnitude of the exposure/response relationships. The estimates of population exposure must be improved by more reliable and relevant modelling and monitoring of air quality. Assessment of population exposure might be improved significantly by making existing air quality data more readily accessible. This must be done not only for the purpose of carrying out a Europe-wide assessment but also to optimize national and local strategies for reducing pollution. Better exchange of information is also important in assessing the effectiveness of local and regional measures to improve air quality. Assessing population exposure to hazards in indoor air requires a different approach, including household surveys.
The Environment Protection Authority of New South Wales has the best emissions inventory for any Australian region, covering the emission sources and their relative contribution to air pollution. The monitoring network reports air pollution indices three times a day for the Sydney region.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.