CMU researchers get federal grant to study air quality


Two Carnegie Mellon University researchers have been tapped by the federal government to study how climate change and international pollution affect air quality in the United States.

Peter Adams, a civil and environmental engineering professor, and Spyros Pandis, a chemical engineering research professor, got $900,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do the work, the university announced Monday.

The researchers will build on earlier work that used computer models to simulate global climate and atmospheric chemistry.

The researchers will track neurotoxins, such as atmospheric mercury, and attempt to see the effects that cars, trucks and coal-burning power plants have on particulate matter in the air.

“Our previous research showed that climate change will make photochemical smog pollution worse. This means we need to cut pollution emissions more than if there were no climate change,” Adams said. “In our future research, we will see if the same is true for particulate matter and mercury.”

– Associated Press

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