Cities in developing countries are expanding rapidly due to unprecedented rates of urbanisation. Whilst there are clear and numerous economic benefits from urbanisation, there are also downsides.

Increased air pollution has an adverse effect on public health and food security, with air quality compromised in cities and crop yields reduced due to ozone damage, reducing the ability to feed growing populations effectively.

This unprecedented growth inevitably leads to a surge in unregulated emissions. The majority of these sources are associated with energy production in residential, commercial, industrial, and transport sectors. Many rapidly developing cities lack the resources to maintain an extensive air quality monitoring network, so little is known of the sources, evolution, and chemical fate of these pollutants, limiting the ability to develop effective environmental policy to mitigate air pollution. 

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