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VII. Scientific Investigation

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Scientific debate on both the cause and impacts of air pollution in the 1970s was a heated debate both within and between countries. The international scientific network was enhanced following the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, from which it was recommended that the WHO, assist governments in monitoring air pollution in terms of risk to health. Much of the scientific knowledge for the Long Range Transboundary Air pollution (LRTAP) and its subsequent Protocols comes from the Programme for the Evaluation and Monitoring of Long Range Pollutants in Europe (EMEP). The obligations of EMEP are to provide agreed upon tables and calculations showing annual trans-boundary transmissions of pollutants. The importance of international co-operation in the scientific study of climatic change was reiterated by the EEC and a number of American Science reports including the National Research Council and the National Academy of Science reports.

Keywords: 1972 Stockholm Conference; air pollution; EMEP; international scientific network; Long Range Transboundary Air pollution (LRTAP)



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