Air, Climate, and Energy Research News July 2016
US EPA's Office of Research and Development provides monthly updates on ongoing research, publications, and upcoming events from its air, climate, and energy research. Below are updates released in July 2016.
EPA has updated its Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials that provides information on the health effects of wildfire smoke and populations potentially at greatest risk from wildfire smoke exposure. The guide provides recommendations for public health action to reduce risks. EPA researchers provided their expertise on health effects from air pollutants generated by wildfires.
EPA researchers Richard Baldauf and Jan Dye will present the latest science on the health impacts from near roadway exposures and discuss solutions and programs that states as well as community and transportation planners can consider to protect public health from the health impacts of near roadway exposures.
EPA is releasing an external peer review draft report that describes an assessment tool to help cities identify climate change risks to eight sectors managed by municipalities: water, energy, transportation, public health, economy, land use, natural environment and telecommunications. A Federal Register notice of the report titled Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach provides information for public comment.
Three new university-based Air, Climate and Energy Research Centers, funded by EPA with a $30 million grant, will tackle pressing air quality issues for many communities across the U.S. still overburdened by air pollution. The research will be conducted in the context of climate change and introduce social science perspectives since we live in a changing world with evolving communities interacting with the environment.