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Climate Speaker Series: Dr. Jason West
The 2022 season is generously sponsored by Don & Jennifer Holzworth. The Climate Speaker Series brings in leading experts from a variety of backgrounds to explore the ecological and societal impacts of climate change and the creative solutions needed to address humanity’s most pressing problem.
How can we end the global plague of human-caused air pollution?
New findings connecting air pollution, climate change, wildfires, energy & health
Air pollution plagued humanity through the 20th Century and continues to worsen in many world regions today. Over 90% of the global population breathes air exceeding new World Health Organization guidelines. Here I show how the problems of air pollution and climate change are connected, and how these interconnections affect human health. I will address the impacts of air pollution and climate change on health, the roles of climate change in wildfire smoke, and the benefits of climate change actions for air pollution and health. The world has an opportunity to solve the plague of air pollution and slow climate change simultaneously, by sharply reducing fossil fuel use.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Jason West Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Jason West is a Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He leads interdisciplinary research connecting climate change, air pollution, energy and human health, and speaks and writes publicly on these topics. He is an engineer and computer modeler (PhD, Carnegie Mellon U.) and has worked previously at Princeton, MIT, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institute of Ecology in Mexico City. He is currently lead author of a chapter in the next US National Climate Assessment, and co-chairs an expert working group on global air pollution exposure for the World Health Organization