2012 EPA Research Progress Report
- Protecting Cardiovascular Health from Air Pollution
- New Technology to Improve Local Air Quality Monitoring, Reduce Costs
- Sparking Innovation for Clean Air
- Leading the Way to Cleaner Cookstoves
- Health Effects of Biodiesel
- Exploring Climate Change and Air Quality Scenarios
- Reducing Hazardous Air Pollutants from Industrial Boilers
Air, Climate, and Energy
American communities face health and environmental challenges from air pollution and the growing effects of climate change, both of which are intricately linked to the choices we make about energy production and use.
Improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and developing strategies to help communities and individuals address climate change are central to EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.
EPA’s Air, Climate, and Energy research program examines the interplay among air pollution, climate change, and energy use and production to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for improving air quality and addressing global climate change. EPA research efforts in that regard support policies with far-reaching health benefits across the nation.
This section highlights a few of the research results EPA researchers and their partners have achieved in 2012 in the areas of air, climate, and energy.
EPA scientists and grantees are making important new discoveries about the links between air pollution and cardiovascular health—part of the Agency's commitment to protecting human health.
In 2012, EPA scientists and engineers continued to advance the use and development of innovative technologies for researching, monitoring, and managing air pollution.
In addition to advancing its own innovative use of air monitoring technologies, EPA is mining the collective efforts of inventors, software and application ("app") developers, independent engineers, and other innovators to spark the development of the next generation of air pollution monitoring devices and technologies.
For roughly half the world's population, the source for both cooking and keeping warm is a simple fire pit surrounded by three large stones arranged to keep a pot, grill, or cooking surface above the flames.
The use of biodiesel fuels can both lower the nation's dependence on imported fossil fuels and convert waste streams, such as used cooking grease, into a marketable commodity sold to power vehicles or heat homes and businesses.
Predicting the potential impact that future climate change will have on air quality, the environment, and ecosystems is critical so that potentially damaging effects can be reduced.
New studies conducted by EPA researchers in 2012 are playing a critical role in Agency efforts to reduce hazardous air pollution while also making it easier and less costly for industries and boiler operators to comply with new National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rules under the Clean Air Act.
- For more information about the scope and impact of EPA Air, Climate, and Energy research, please visit: www.epa.gov/research/airscience/.
- 2012 Air Research issue of EPA's Science Matters Newsletter
- EPA's Air, Climate, and Energy Strategic Research Action Plan, 2012-2016 (PDF) (45 pp, 632K)