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OnAir@AAAR: Kicking off Air Science 40

2010 March 24

Dan Costa, national program director of EPA’s Clean Air Research Program, presented Air Science 40 at Tuesday’s AAAR conference lunchtime lecture.

The presentation marked the beginning of a yearlong celebration of 40 years’ worth of air pollution research at EPA.

Over the course of 2010, a five-part Air Science 40 seminar series will take place on Capitol Hill and at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The series will include lectures on the hottest topics in air science by some of the most prominent researchers in the field.

Recognizing the importance of communicating this research to policymakers and the public, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) have joined the celebration as sponsors of selected seminars. The AHA will use Air Science 40 as a platform to release an important statement from the cardiology community that contains new information on the impacts of air pollution on cardiovascular health.

In another Air Science 40 milestone, the new Clean Air Research Centers—each funded by a multimillion dollar EPA grant—will be revealed in 2010. The Centers will provide the fundamental scientific research EPA needs to develop multi-pollutant policies and manage air quality sustainably. They will also expand the scope of previously funded EPA PM Research Centers, which gave critical new insights into the sources and health effects of outdoor particles.

Another goal of Air Science 40 is to promote an informed public. Americans are directly impacted by regulatory decisions based on air research; they need and deserve to understand the science behind these important decisions.

Air Science 40

Throughout 2010, the public will have new opportunities to learn about air science and how it has directly impacted their lives. A 10-minute documentary film on the history of air pollution research and its major contributions to environmental and human health will be presented at regional meetings and on the web. Print literature and web features will also be widely distributed to increase awareness about timely air quality issues.

Since 1970, EPA has provided the research to support the development and implementation of national air quality standards. The scientific information, tools and technology to reduce and control air pollution are products of air science research. It deserves to be celebrated.

More information about the Clean Air Research Program

About the Author: Becky Fried is a science writer with EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research. Her OnAir posts are a regular “Science Wednesday” feature.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    March 24, 2010

    Air Science 40 are conducting to the people what EPA’s to promise faithfully and consistent for their conviction, along 40 years……….. Good luck !!!!!

  2. Dr. Mr. Wuv-Shyong Chang permalink
    March 25, 2010

    TOP SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL
    Dan Costa,

    2010 IS A NEW GOOD YEAR FOR MTW (MAGIC TECH WORLDWIDE).

    I HAVE BEEN U.S.A. TVA AIR RESOURCES PROGRAM MANAGER. I HAVE STARTED AIR QUALITY PROGRAM WITH DUTCH VROM AND MILIEUDEFENSIE, EUROVENTURE, AND TAIWAN R.O.C. EPA. I HAVE LECTURED TAIWAN R.O.C. EPA ALL PERSONNEL, VROM PERSONNEL, AND MILIEUDEFENSIE PERSONNEL.

    I HAVE ALSO LECTURED IN MANY U.S.A. UNIVERSITIES. DAN COSTA IS THE LAST ONE I LECTURED.

    MTW (MAGIC TECH WORLDWIDE)
    http://www.magictech.org
    E-MAIL: posatdoc.chang689@gmail.com
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    03/25/2010
    NEW EPA WORLD

  3. Dr. Mr. Wuv-Shyong Chang permalink
    March 25, 2010

    YOUR SPEED IS NOT TO MY SPEED.

  4. Dr. Mr. Wuv-Shyong Chang permalink
    March 25, 2010

    GIVE ME THE NAME LIST OF YOUR MODERATORS.

  5. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    March 26, 2010

    This is critical research. It will show that braking systems need to be improved for vehicles. And will show the increased urgency of moving away from diesel and gasoline to all-electric powered and hydrogen powered vehicles with the fuel manufactured by solar power. The kinds of fuels used to power commercial power plants also needs to be looked at so we move away from coal and nuclear to cleaner, safer fuels. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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