Understanding Relevant Emissions and Atmospheric Formation Processes for Toxic Air Pollutants

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Reducing air pollution is vital for the protection of public health. Short-term effects of polluted air include, interfering with being able to breathe deeply during exercising and impairing visibility from haze. Long-term effects for individuals may be a lifetime burden of reduced lung function because they don’t fully develop due to pollution exposure during childhood. Air pollution has also been linked to premature death from heath attacks.

Robert Harley, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkley, spoke about a model use to understand the emissions and atmospheric formation processes for formaldehyde pollutants at the SOCAAR Seminar on March 28th. Continue reading

Chronic Exposure to Atmospheric Secondary Organic Particulate Matter Enhances Airway Hyper – responsiveness to Methacholine

It’s well known that exposure to air pollution increases the likelihood and health problems linked to cardiorespiratory diseases. Air pollutants consist of a mixture of gases and particulate matter such as secondary organic aerosols (SOA). SOA are formed through the oxidation of natural sources like plants and trees, as well as from industry emissions like naphthalene. Continue reading