EPA Issues Awards To Reseach Climate Change

April 13, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

wildfire-on-sky-1531539Upon witnessing snow falling in the D.C. region this past weekend, it can make sense that there are numerous factors leading to climate change. Snow in January is expected; not in mid-April. Now, breathing in an April snowfall may not necessarily be dangerous to one’s health, but other factors out there that affect climate change will. To address these concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $8.5 million in research funding to 12 universities to protect air quality from the current and future challenges associated with the impacts of climate change.

“The research funded by these grants will improve our understanding of how climate change is impacting our air and our health,” said Thomas A. Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “By examining the relationship between air quality and climate change this research will help better protect human health and the environment.”

Researchers will use the funding to investigate:

  • health impacts from smoke due to a rise in wildfires that are increasing as a result of climate change;
  • atmospheric changes in air pollution chemistry that are occurring due to climate change;
  • potential consequences of increased levels of dust from particle pollution on human health and visibility;
  • drought and land-use changes in the western U.S. that may impact the incidence of dust storms; and
  • impacts to air quality from increased nitrogen-based fertilizer use.

The grants, funded through the agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, were awarded to these institutions: University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of Colorado; Colorado State University; Columbia University; Emory University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Harvard University; University of Maryland; University of New Mexico; Washington State University; and University of Wyoming.

Let us know what you think about these grants and how they may improve climate change.


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