Christopher Loughner Authors Paper Quantifying Health, Economic Impacts of Air Pollution Emissions Controls
ARL’s Dr. Christopher Loughner is the lead author of “The benefits of lower ozone due to air pollution emission reductions (2002-2011) in the Eastern US during extreme heat,” which appeared in this month’s issue of the Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association. In it, Dr. Loughner and his co-authors demonstrate that Americans are breathing cleaner air thanks to air pollution emissions controls put into place since 2002.
Air pollution regulations gave rise to historical air pollution emissions reductions from 2002 to 2011, resulting in improved air quality, improved human health and lives saved, and provided economic savings due to reductions in mortality and morbidity. The hottest month on record in Maryland, July 2011, was used to quantify these impacts. Research concluded that, for this singular month, emissions reductions:
For more about Loughner and this paper, please visit his NOAA Research Scientist Profile.