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The Mother Who Wants to Put Air Pollution on Her Daughter’s Death Certificate

February 13, 2019

Dirty air kills millions of people around the world every year, but it can be hard to put a face on a danger so vast. Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah is fighting to do just that. The face she has in mind is her daughter’s.

Ella Kissi-Debrah was 9 when she died in 2013, after three years of asthma attacks so bad, they sometimes triggered seizures. In photos, her smile is broad and bright, her hair braided. She loved music and swimming, and dreamed of becoming a pilot.

Decreasing Vanadium Footprint of Bunker Fuel Emissions

January 10, 2019

The Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) network measures the chemical composition of atmospheric particulate matter at over 160 locations throughout the United States. As part of the routine quality control process, we noted decreases in the network-wide vanadium (V) and nickel (Ni) concentrations in 2015 relative to the previous years. Enriched V and Ni with respect to soil are indicative of heavy fuel oil burning and are often used as tracers for emissions from marine vessels.

California Wildfires: The New Normal

December 13, 2018

In the pilot episode of ABC10’s new series, The New Normal, California’s leaders tell us we’ve entered a “new normal” of more intense wildfires. ABC10 explores the recent California wildfires, what experts are doing to prevent deadly mega-fires, and the struggles between letting fires burn and air pollution.

Anthony Wexler shows ABC10 the mobile air monitoring stations used to measure wildfire smoke and how the pollution is a big obstacle to the burning plan.

Watch the entire episode this Friday at 11pm on ABC10 or on YouTube below

19 From UC Davis in Global List of Most-Cited Researchers

December 04, 2018

Nineteen researchers from the University of California, Davis, have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list released by Clarivate Analytics. The list identifies exceptional scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence by publishing multiple papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations in a particular field and year, over a 10-year period. 

Scientists Study What Wildfire Smoke Could Do to our Bodies Long-term

December 04, 2018

With the immediate dangers of the Northern California wildfires under control, scientists from UC Davis begin to explore the long-term effects and impact of the smoke on our health. The Center for Health and Environment looked at filters that collected particulates during the wildfires.

What is normally collected over four weeks in a filter accumulated in just six hours. That's what our lungs filtered as well.

What the Air Quality Rating Means for You

November 26, 2018

Although California’s worst wildfire ever is now 100% contained, Bustle explores the lingering effects on the air quality and what it means for residences. Experts Anthony Wexler and Laura Kate Bender explain how to use the Air Quality Index (AQI) to check for dangers and keep yourself safe.

 

California Wildfire Smoke

November 14, 2018

National Public Radio shares an update on the California Wildfires and how the smoke is affecting people far and wide.  "This is a whole new game" said Dr. Tony Wexler.  Raquel Maria Dillon of KQED said Dr. Wexler emphasized that people exposed to heavy smoke over days, weeks, and even months could have adverse health implications, which is a concrete effect of climate change.