It is estimated that more than 1 billion people are exposed to outdoor air pollution annually. Urban air pollution is linked to approximately 1 million premature deaths and 1 million prenatal deaths each year. Many cities in the world, including some expected to be among the most polluted, do not collect information or report on its outdoor air quality. Rapid urbanization has resulted in increasing urban air pollution in major cities, especially in developing countries. Over 90 percent of air pollution in cities is attributed to vehicle emissions which settle near to the ground and where people and animals breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the air toxics emitted from cars and trucks account for half of all cancers caused by air pollution. There are more than 500 million cars in the world and by 2030 the number will rise to 1 billion. This means pollution levels will more than double.
The winning team will create a technology or system that captures TBD amount of particulate matter in the air specifically sourced from vehicular emissions within a TBD time period. Solutions must be capable of capturing harmful emissions from all commercial fuels, including diesel.
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