This Week in EPA Science

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This week people all around the world came together to celebrate Earth Day, but it was business-as-usual here at EPA. Our researchers work year-round to protect human health and the environment and make Earth Day every day.

Dr. Tom Burke, Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development, highlighted some examples of this important work in the blog Linking Up: Making Every Day Earth Day.

And here is some more research we’ve highlighted this week.

  • Surrounded by Science
    This week was National Environmental Education Week, the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education. Environmental education helps increase students’ awareness and knowledge about environmental issues or problems. This year’s Environmental Education Week theme is looking at how science can help us better understand the natural world.
    Read more about how to get involved in the blog National Environmental Education Week.
  • Measuring Local Air Quality
    The Village Green Project explores new ways of measuring air pollution using next generation air quality technology that has been built into a park bench. After testing the first Village Green station in Durham, N.C., we are now in the process of building and installing new stations with some design improvements and modifications.
    Read more about the project in the blog Expanding the Village Green Project to Measure Local Air Quality.
  • Next week is Air Quality Awareness Week!
    EPA supported research at the Clean Air Research Center at Harvard University explores the health effects of air pollution mixtures across organ systems and during various stages of human life. Recently, the center published a study in the journal Stroke that looked at what may happen to the brain of older adults after long-term exposure to fine particle pollution.
    Read more about the study in the blog Air Pollution and Your Brain.

Our blog will be offline next week while we update and reorganize. Check back in May 4th!

If you have any comments or questions about what I share or about the week’s events, please submit them below in the comments section!

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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