AOSC Seminar by Dr. Susan Anenberg, 9/23/2021
Dr. Susan Anenberg
George Washington University
Title: Climate change, air pollution, and public health: From science to policy
While air quality has improved in the U.S. as a result of the 1970 Clean Air Act and its 1990 Amendments, several challenges remain: remaining health impacts even in areas meeting air quality standards, persistent inequities in air pollution exposure, and climate change. This talk will address how the composition of the Earth's air has changed since preindustrial times, impacts of climate change on air pollution, and approaches for improving public health through greenhouse gas and air pollution mitigation. Climate mitigation actions taken in cities in particular can have multiple benefits for air quality and public health, in addition to lowering greenhouse gases. We will discuss how the current state of the science indicates that a change is needed to transition from managing air quality through technological controls towards burning less fuel in the first place.
Susan Anenberg is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and of Global Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is the Founding Director of the GW Climate and Health Institute. Dr. Anenberg studies the health implications of air pollution and climate change, from local to global scales. Dr. Anenberg has been a Co-Founder and Partner at Environmental Health Analytics, LLC, the Deputy Managing Director for Recommendations at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a senior advisor for clean cookstove initiatives at the U.S. State Department. Her research has been published in top academic journals such as Science, Nature, and Lancet Planetary Health. She has also led or contributed to many science-policy reports on air quality and climate change published by the U.S. EPA, World Bank, World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, and others.
Contact: Ken Pickering
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Pre-seminar refreshment: N/A
Seminar: 3:30-4:30pm, Location TBD
Meet-the-Speaker: 4:30-5:00pm, Location TBD [For AOSC Students only]