air quality scientist Articles

  • Staff spotlight: atmospheric scientist tackles complex air quality issues

    George Schewe, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and Qualified Environmental Professional, joined Trinity’s Covington, Kentucky office in 2008. A veteran of EPA with nearly three decades of consulting experience, George is well-versGeorge Schewe_photoed in air quality regulatory requirements and a master in complex air dispersion modeling analyses. Here is George’s take on his role ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Air quality in America

    Although most Americans tell pollsters they believe air pollution in the United States is getting worse, the reality is quite different. In 'Air Quality in America: A Dose of Reality on Air Pollution Levels, Trends, and Health Risks' (AEI Press, January 2008) environmental scientist Joel Schwartz and political scientist Steve Hayward demonstrate why air pollution has been dropping steadily for ...


    By Blue Sky Consulting Group

  • AirQuis: A modern air quality management system

    AirQUIS represents the main tool for establishing and integrating the different components of the AQMS. AirQUIS is the air pollution module of an Environmental Surveillance and Information System (ENSIS), developed by NILU in co-operation with other institutions. The system has been established and operated in several cities and urban areas world-wide. It received the European IT prize in 1998, ...

  • Proactive Indoor Air Quality Surveys Save Budgets

    As facility budgets tighten, managers are realizing the many benefits that money spent for proactive indoor air quality is a smart investment. Here is a simple comparison to exemplify the point. Indoor air quality investigations conducted in response to employee complaint or illness clusters cost $3.00 to $10.00 per square foot of space investigated compared to 2 to 10 cents per square foot for a ...

  • Ambient Air Quality in India - An Alarming Report

    Are we mortgage India against air pollution? The answer may be “Yes”. The reason is India has witnessed a phenomenal increase in the number of industries and vehicles in the last decade, along with the mushrooming of cities. As a consequence, there has been a dramatic deterioration in the quality of urban air in most regions of the country particularly in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta ...


  • Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide and Indoor Air Quality

    Chances are that unless you are hot or cold – or if you smell something funny – you probably never think about indoor air quality. However, scientists know that gases in the air that you cannot see or smell can still affect your health. Carbon Monoxide The most dangerous gas most of us will ever face is carbon monoxide (CO). Not normally occurring in nature, this ...


    By Air Concern Limited (ACL)

  • Scientists call manmade chemicals like refrigerant gases a cause of climate change

    A major cause of climate change is the harm that is done to the Earth by man-made chemicals. Whilst chemicals, such as those used to produce day by day items, operate equipment and generally make life easier, are necessary, they present a threat to the environment. Governments around the world have set new regulations to limit the use of substances that contribute to global warming and deplete ...


    By Verisae

  • California Air Resources Board (CARB) places higher restrictions on air pollution

    As part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) the Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved an early action measure to reduce high-global warming potential (GWP) greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions by establishing new legislation and defining requirements related to improved monitoring of AC/HVAC systems, enforcement of regulations, reporting of refrigerant usage, and recovery, ...


    By Verisae

  • US Regulation of Wood-burning and Indoor Air Pollution

    Recently, the US EPA released their final proposal to update the new source performance standards (NSPS) for new woodstoves and heaters, and to add NSPS for the first time for pellet stoves, furnaces, hydronic heaters, and masonry heaters.   The measures, if approved, would take effect in 2015.  The report states, "Emissions from wood stoves occur near ground level in residential ...


    By Environics, Inc.

  • Effects of air pollution on European ecosystems - Past and future exposure of European freshwater and terrestrial habitats to acidifying and eutrophying air pollutants

    Poor air quality not only harms human health; it also impacts the structure and function of ecosystems, often far away from the emission sources. This report focuses on the deposition of airborne sulphur (S) and nitrogen (N) compounds and their negative effects on ecosystems. N- and S-containing air pollutants are released to the atmosphere by combustion processes such as the burning of coal or ...

  • How air pollution affects climate: short-lived climate forcers

    While long-lived greenhouse gases—particularly carbon dioxide (CO2)—continue to occupy center stage in international climate negotiations, another group of pollutants has been gaining attention among scientists and policy-makers: the so-called “short-lived climate forcers,” including black carbon and ozone. These pollutants have been regulated in the United States for ...

  • 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution

    New estimates released earlier this year by the World health Organization (WHO) suggest that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A Special Issue of the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association on Regional and Global Perspectives on Haze: Causes, Consequences, and Controversies

    This issue of the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association contains selected papers presented at the October 2004 A&WMA Visibility Specialty Conference in Asheville, NC. (A CD-ROM containing full manuscripts or extended abstracts of each paper is available from the A&WMA Online Library at http://www.awma. org; Order Code VIP-134-CD, ISBN 0–923904-72–5.) The title of the conference, ...

  • Legal Lookout: EPA Staff Urges Changes in PM Standards

    Earlier this year, EPA staff scientists urged agency management to revise the current particulate matter (PM) standards for fine particles and the inhalable portion of coarse particles, based on evidence that suggests to EPA scientists that more protection is needed than is provided under current air standards. Background The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires that EPA periodically review its ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Review of the requirements for models and model applications

    Requirements for models and model applications are reviewed on basis of the Dobris Assessment report and the practice in EU legislation and international organisations, and from the responses of a questionnaire sent to 38 European countries. Model applications are frequently used for regulatory and general assessment purposes by various users (scientists, air quality managers, policy-makers). ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Legal Lookout: EPA Staff Urges Changes in PM Standards

    Earlier this year, EPA staff scientists urged agency management to revise the current particulate matter (PM) standards for fine particles and the inhalable portion of coarse particles, based on evidence that suggests to EPA scientists that more protection is needed than is provided under current air standards. Background The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires that EPA periodically review its ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Blue skies, high anxiety

    Americans are driving more miles, using more energy, and producing more goods and services than ever. But at the same time, the air quality in America’s cities is better than it has been in more than a century—despite the fact that the U.S. population has almost quadrupled and real GDP has risen by a factor of nearly thirty.NYC Sky 1But Americans aren’t aware of this good news—or don’t believe ...


    By Blue Sky Consulting Group

  • The Geoengineering Dilemma: To Speak or not to Speak

    An intriguing dichotomy has developed within the field of atmospheric and climate research. On the one side, it has become common practice to examine pessimistic future scenarios of anthropogenic pollutant emissions and their environmental impacts.  Not surprisingly, compared to the alternative “best guess” or “maximum feasible reduction” emissions scenarios, the pessimistic scenario ...


    By Springer

  • Choosing Data Loggers for Your Green Building Project

    Environmental Construction and Energy Projects Require High-Accuracy Devices The green building industry is growing quickly, and successful projects benefit from assessment and evaluation from start to finish. From hospitals to industrial operations to single-family homes, measurements of conditions such as temperature, solar radiation, and energy consumption are essential to carrying out ...


    By CAS DATALOGGERS

  • Refrigerant Gas Tracking: The importance of AC/HVAC system maintenance

    Refrigerant gases are used in commercial facilities such as office buildings, hospitals and warehouses to maintain the climate and air quality. Refrigerant management includes maintaining the air conditioning (AC) or heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) units often used to maintain the environment in these buildings.Refrigerant gases have been around for many years. These gases are ...


    By Verisae

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