Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO
Air Quality in St. Louis and Beyond
Jay R. Turner, D.Sc.
Associate Professor of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.
Attainment of air quality standards often seems like the greyhound that never quite catches the mechanical rabbit—as we get close, the lure pulls farther away. While by most measures air quality in the United States has significantly improved over the past few decades, the tools to understand how air pollution impacts human health and our environment have also been significantly sharpened and often provide a weight of evidence for adverse effects at ever-lower levels of exposure. I will provide a few snapshots of air quality conditions at contrasting locations around the globe, and focus on air quality in St. Louis. I will also preemptively address common questions such as: If people die from air pollution, why does this cause never appear on their death certificate? and Which neighborhoods in our region have the cleanest air?
Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.
Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. No reservations accepted.
Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
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