Oct 4, 2017
Saint Louis Zoo, Anheuser-Busch Theater
Registration is not required. Clearing the Air is a Science Seminar Series partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo.
Jay Turner, Vice Dean for Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Associate Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis will present: "Clearing the Air: Science on the Health Risks of and Solutions to Poor Air Quality."
Research shows exposure to air pollution can affect both respiratory and cardiovascular health. More recent research also points to even broader adverse impacts such as neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative effects. Join Turner for an informative and scientific look at what the science says about the health effects of airborne pollution, and learn about efforts across the globe to improve urban air quality.
Turner shares how the effectiveness of air quality management programs—which can have multiple objectives—are sometimes impacted by human behavior. Pollutant reductions, for example, from vehicle emission controls depend on how well a vehicle is maintained. Presenting a case study of a large-scale residential heating stove replacement program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, one of the world’s most polluted cities; he notes that while substantial air quality benefits were realized, anticipated co-benefits of reduced fuel consumption were moderated by human behavior.