WIT Press


Air Pollution And Road Traffic In Kuwait

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT040721

Volume

75

Pages

10

Published

2004

Size

363 kb

Author(s)

E. Al-Bassam & A. Khan

Abstract

Kuwait having one of the highest GDP and the least fuel price provides an ideal opportunity for ownership of motorized vehicles. Weather has also a major role in this issue where in long summer (lasting about nine months), temperature sores to nearly 50 ºC very often and in short winter, and it drops to single digit value in early mornings and nights. The road transport is vital for the local inhabitants as the sole means of transport (commuting and transporting goods). In the last decade, the motorized road vehicle fleet has grown significantly bringing unprecedented mobility to the burgeoning population. With the growth of vehicles, the fuel consumption has also increased. Motor vehicles are a critical source of urban air pollution (PM10, CO, CO2, NOx, O3, SO2 and VOC's). Air pollution is a serious health problem and accounts for hundred

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