The Impact of Airborne Particulate Matter on Human Health

April 26, 2013
10:00 am

Engineering Lab (E-Lab) II

Room: Auditorium 119

UMass Amherst Campus

Free admission
Kathy Colon

Michelle Bell, professor of environmental health at Yale University, will present this in-person seminar and webinar, titled “The Impact of Airborne Particulate Matter on Human Health: Current Scientific Evidence and Remaining Challenges.”

Particulate matter (PM) is estimated to cause more than 3.7 million deaths a year worldwide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that benefits of the Clean Air Act were more than 30 times higher than costs, with a large portion of those benefits from averted mortalities due to decreased PM levels. Still, more than 74 million people in the U.S. live in areas exceeding health-based PM regulations. While there is strong and consistent evidence that PM affects health, many questions remain, such as which types of particles and sources of particles are most harmful; which populations are most susceptible or vulnerable; and how these health impacts will be affected by climate change.

This seminar will present recent scientific evidence on how particles impact human health from epidemiological studies using national datasets on weather, air pollution, and health. Implications for decision makers and remaining challenges will be discussed.

To participate in the webinar, click here (you may join 15 prior to the event start time). Meeting Number: 664 490 046. This meeting does not require a password or registration. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.

This event is co-sponsored by the Northeastern Climate Science Consortium; the Environmental Working Group; and the Center for Public Policy and Administration.