Air pollution and climate change in the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region

The Territory Knowledge Service of the region has just devoted the thirteenth issue of the Focale to air pollution and climate change.Each Focale proposes an inventory of available knowledge.

This issue provides expertise on climate change and air pollution : challenges, health impacts and initial solutions, resulting from numerous studies carried out in collaboration with the Regional Group of Experts on Climate in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (GREC-SUD), the approved association for monitoring air quality (AtmoSud), the Regional Health Agency, the regional directorate of INSEE and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region. Indeed, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and more widely in the Mediterranean basin, global warming is faster than elsewhere, and its already noticeable effects will undoubtedly increase in the coming years.

In addition to an increase in very hot days, but also the loss of biodiversity and extreme climatic events (heat waves, drought, floods), climate change has a strong impact on health. Many epidemiological studies highlight the proven health consequences of prolonged exposure to atmospheric pollutants (transport, industry, heating, etc.). Finally, with the development of our territories (urbanisation, mobility, residential lifestyle, etc.), air pollution has become a major health issue.

If the degradation of air quality and its health impacts question our ways of thinking, living and planning our territories, how can we reconcile air quality and climate issues in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur? In this last focus, you will find a zoom on the nature For City LIFE project and the services provided by nature in the city in terms of adaptation to climate change.