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International Journal of Environment and Health
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International Journal of Environment and Health (3 papers in press)
From company town to 'reversed' company town: the firms' role in shaping the urban landscape. The case of Ivrea (Italy) by Cristina Simone, Antonio La Sala, Marcelo Enrique Conti Abstract: The paper focuses on the company towns phenomenon. Despite the deep impact that firms have on urban land, extant urban planning/managerial literature lacks in taking this issue into the right consideration. Filling this gap, the paper enlightens firms' role in shaping urban landscapes via categorical values, shaping a different model of the company town. The paper analyses the case of Ivrea (Italy) as an interesting example of 'reversed' company town, rooted in Olivetti's distinctive categorical values. Final remarks underline the often-hidden role of categorical values in shaping the urban landscape's tangible dimension. Keywords: company town; complexity; urban landscape; urban planning; categorical values; Ivrea.
Investigating of climate factors associated with the number of COVID-19 incidences in Saudi Arabia by Abdulaziz Alkabaa Abstract: This study aims to investigate the possible association between the climate variables of daily average temperature ( Keywords: COVID-19 spread in warm weather; COVID-19 and climate; negative binomial regression; data mining.
Air pollution exposure and health impacts in the Kathmandu valley by Srijan Lal Shrestha, Pierpaolo Mudu, Peter DeCarlo Abstract: Air pollution monitoring in Kathmandu valley during 2003-2007, 2014-15 and 2017 onwards shows that there has been substantial decrease in particulate air pollution with around 50% reduction in overall average PM10 from 123 g/m3 for the period 2003-2007 to 61 g/m3 during 2018-2020 equivalent to around 3.2% decrease per year from 2003 to 2020. Similarly, a reduction of 13.6% decrease in PM2.5 from 49 ?g/m3 during 2014/15 to 42.4 ?g/m3 for 2017-2020 with around 4.2% decrease per year from 2014/15 to 2020. However, the averages are still 3-4 times higher than WHO guideline values and pose serious threats to the valley inhabitants. Assessment of respiratory health burdens such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute respiratory infection, including pneumonia, showed 6-13% of the respiratory morbidities can be attributed to PM2.5 in Kathmandu valley. Under the 35% PM2.5 reduction scenario in 2030, the expected avoidable fractions are found to be 2.5-4.9%. Keywords: ambient air pollution; attributable burden; avoidable burden; ozone; particulate matter.