Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

Atmospheric Pollutants and Public Health

Gregory Wellenius

Greg Wellenius and his team are seeking better public health in light of pollution and climate.

In densely populated areas, such as Beijing, pollutants such as vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions combine with heat and light to create molecules of ozone. The hotter and sunnier the weather, the more of these compounds that are produced, and the greater the risk for poor air quality. Gregory Wellenius is studying the likely health impacts of such toxic atmospheric particulates, especially in light of climate change, to determine the likely health impacts on the elderly and those who already suffer from heart or lung conditions. 

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