Air Quality

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COVID-19, Aerosols, and Ventilation

Q&A with Aurora Le

As the weather gets colder and we find ourselves inside for longer periods of time, how can we avoid aerosolized droplets becoming a problem for disease transmission in our public buildings? Dr. Aurora Le walks us through some basic steps any building occupant or manager can take to mitigate risk of COVID-19 spread. Read more

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IN THE NEWS: As the Forest Moves Back in, Pollen Is on the Rise in Detroit

New Research from Daniel Katz

Pollen allergies afflict millions of Americans each year. In the industrialized world, pollen allergy rates are on the rise, and with climate change likely driving an increase in airborne pollen loads, experts predict the situation stands to only get worse. Read more

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A Dangerous Future: Climate Change, Michiganders' Health

New Research from Carina Gronlund, MPH '08, PhD '13

As the world grows warmer and the region grows wetter, extreme heat and rain will cause more people to die or become ill—a costly burden in terms of lives lost and health care costs to the state of Michigan, a new report says. Read more

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IN THE NEWS: EPA's Science Advisory Board to Scrutinize Clean Car Rollback

Trish Komen Quoted in Scientific American

An independent panel of experts is poised to scrutinize one of the Trump administration’s most consequential environmental rollbacks. Critics of the Trump EPA say the review stands to highlight errors in that analysis that could inform future lawsuits against the administration. Read more