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French Equivalent: Polluants atmosphériques

Air pollutants are substances in air that could, at high enough concentrations, harm human beings, animals, vegetation or material. Air pollutants may thus include forms of matter of almost any natural or artificial composition capable of being airborne. They may consist of solid particles, liquid droplets or gases, or combinations of these forms.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Air pollution
Hazardous air pollutants

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, November 8, 2001