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NATURE Lab Workshop with Maria Michails: Air Quality CANCELED/COVID
March 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT
Air pollution is one of the more pervasive and invisible environmental health hazards of cities and has been in the public consciousness for several decades. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 3.4 million people globally die prematurely as a result of outdoor air pollution each year. In the US a 2019 study, contradicting previous EPA reports, found that “more than 100,000 Americans each year die of heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses caused by air pollution spewed from factories, motor vehicles and even bucolic-seeming farmland.” Air pollution is not just an urban problem. Contributing to poor air quality in rural regions are activities such as fossil fuel extraction, mining, and large-scale commercial farming operations, affecting small towns and farming communities. When government air monitoring doesn’t lead to regulatory enforcement of polluters, how can the public protect themselves? In this workshop we will learn about the different types of air pollutants that may be in the air at any given time in our immediate area, from particulates to gases. Maria Michails will also demonstrate several do-it-yourself approaches and devices that can monitor one’s immediate air quality and monitoring spikes and patterns over time….