August 3, 2017
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier is interviewed by The Republican in a feature story about his work developing air pollution sensors. He also talks about the differences between working in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. Peltier says air quality in the developing world can be hard to measure and the health effects are equally difficult to track.
"My interest in air pollution research in the developing world is two fold - the people living in these places suffer through incredible and oppressive pollution - and likely suffer from lots of health effects, but they are also the least empowered people to fix this issue because they usually don't have adequate money," he says. "My lab is active in building low cost, do-it-yourself pollution sensors as a way to strengthen communities that don't have a lot of financial resources. Breathing is not optional for anyone, yet there are likely billions of people who have no choice but to breath filthy air, and there is simply no data to show them where and when pollution is worst. A colleague coined this as an air inequality, a term I think is pretty accurate, and this is our attempt to reduce this inequality."
"Air Sensors Everywhere" is a project that is attempting to create a clear path for do-it-yourself, low-cost air quality measurements, with a specific focus on the low-resource, high pollution areas of the world.