Learn about real-world air pollution problems and innovative solutions from three individuals who will be bestowed with California’s premier air quality award for their career contributions. The Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award is named for the late Dr. Arie Haagen-Smit – known as the “father of air pollution science and control.” Awards recognize those who continue Haagen-Smit’s work through perseverance, leadership, and innovation in the areas of research, environmental policy, science and technology, public education, and community service. Each of three award recipients will give an abbreviated, 20-minute, talk.
–Cooking Health & Climate: The Surprisingly Large Impacts of Humanity’s Oldest Daily Task – Donald Blake
Blake, a professor of chemistry at the University of California Irvine, has carried out internationally acclaimed measurements of atmospheric volatile organic compounds that have provided critical insights into their roles in air pollution and climate change. Learn about his research showing how elevated air pollution in some cities, such as Mexico City, can be attributed to propane use and cooking emissions rather than traffic pollution.
–Household Air Pollution & Impacts on Women and Children – Kirk R. Smith
Smith, a professor of global environmental health at the University of California Berkeley, holds visiting professorships in India and China, where he works to bring clean air to all people, particularly those who suffer from high exposures to smoke from traditional cookstoves using biomass and coal fuels. His research was critical to the development of the global burden of disease estimate that four million people die prematurely from household fuel combustion each year and in helping trigger the first recognition of the importance of air pollution within health ministries.
-Advances in Diesel Technologies & Worldwide Implementation – John Wall
Wall, vice president and chief technical officer for diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc., has played a leadership role in the development and implementation of all the major technology advancements ultimately leading to the near-zero levels of emissions of particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen from engines. He has consistently taken a proactive environmentally conscious position for the diesel industry throughout his career. Learn about the latest advancements in diesel emissions and what they mean for public health and the world.
2015/06/24 - 2015/06/24
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