Better Air Quality Means Fewer Early Deaths

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A national team of researchers including MSI PI Julian Marshall (Fellow, Institute on the Environment; Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering) recently published a study in which they showed that improving air quality in both “clean” and “dirty” areas could result in 2.1 million fewer air pollution-related deaths per year. The paper appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology in June. The researchers developed a model that shows how changes in air quality can result in changes in the rates of health problems.

Professor Marshall uses MSI to study the impact of alternative fuels on air quality and public health. Publications about this work were featured in Research Spotlights in February 2015 and September 2014.

The paper can be read on the Environmental Science & Technology website. An article about the research also appears on the U’s Discover blog.