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How would the air quality change if electric cars were the norm?

March 31, 2020

With the coronavirus spreading and stay-at-home orders becoming more prevalent we are seeing a drop in emissions resulting in better air quality. People around the US and the World are reporting being able to see further across cities and to hills or mountains. 

Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic earlier this month causing industries across the world to shutdown and workers to stay home to avoid further contamination and spreading of the virus. This emergency shutdown has lead to lower air pollution levels around the world. 

Experts are saying that this societal shutdown is creating one of the largest experiments in industrial emission reduction. NO2 levels over cities and industrial areas have decreased significantly in comparison to this same time in 2019. 

University of Leicester air pollution professor, Paul Monks, stated 

History of the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory

March 05, 2020

Air Quality Research Center Aerosol Scientist, Nicholas Spada, shares how the Center has used the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory over the years and what benefits it has been providing to society. Take a listen below. 

 

 

Map of U.S. Auto Emissions

January 28, 2020

More than 60% of transportation emissions come from passenger vehicles in the U.S. This makes personal transportation the largest source of greenhouse gases.  "Boston University’s emissions database, first published in 2015 and updated this month with an additional five years of data, reveals that much of the increase in driving-related CO2 has occurred in and around cities."

Take a look at your cities emissions and how they have changed over the years. 

"The bigger story is climate change"

December 12, 2019

Air Quality Research Center Director, Tony Wexler, spoke with Mark Kaufman of Mashable about the smoke and poor air quality in Sydney from the Australia fires. Sydney's pollution levels were more than 11 times the hazardous level. 

In his article, Sydney, engulfed in smoke, has a ghastly air quality problem, Kaufman shares:

Fast-Moving Wildfires Cause Concern

October 28, 2019

Californians are on high-alert due to fast moving winds and wildfires. The recent wind has caused several Californian fires to spread quickly leading to evacuations. PG&E has been cutting power in various locations to prevent possible fires due to these high winds. With various subsidies and insurance coverages, home builders do not worry about possible climate change issues related to where they are building.

UC Davis Researchers Working to Uncover Vaping Dangers

October 01, 2019

DAVIS -- As more reports come out about people being hospitalized with vaping-related illnesses, researchers across the country are trying to get to the bottom of why this is happening.

Inside a lab at the Center for Health and the Environment just off the University of California, Davis campus, work is being done that could save lives. There Professor Kent Pinkerton is leading the effort to find out what is in vaping products that has been making people so sick.

Understanding the health risks from the smoke and ash of Butte County's Camp Fire

August 12, 2019

In Paradise, many families are still combing through the wreckage of the 2018 Camp Fire that burned over 150,000 acres. Camille Von Kaenel of the Chico Enterprise-Record in her article "Residents still trying to understand Camp Fire contamination at standing homes" writes,

Parents Fear Kids at Risk From Dangerous Dust at Silicon Valley School

July 18, 2019

A new school next to a concrete plant in Silicon Valley poses a serious health risk to the children and adults there. 

The National Institutes of Health and several other federal agencies, including OSHA, CDC and the EPA have reported on the health hazards of dust from concrete manufacturing facilities. Ultra-fine particles in the dust can lodge into the lungs, ultimately traveling to the heart. As a result, exposure can cause respiratory problems and even lead to cardiac arrest.