On the Radio: Helping the World to Breathe

Listen to this week’s radio segment – a tid bit about an especially cool CGRER research project in Delhi, India:

Thanks to a group of Iowa researchers, thousands of athletes in India were able to breathe a bit easier.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

That’s because a team at the University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research provided official air quality forecasts for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi – one of the most polluted cities in the world.

Air pollution can lead to serious health risks, including asthma and heart and lung disease.

But researchers, led by Greg Carmichael, designed an automated system that maps pollution and warns athletes and visitors about air quality problems a full day in advance.

And the system isn’t just important for the Games, says Carmichael. It’s one of the most important tools for understanding how huge cities affect air quality and climate.

The technology can be used around the globe, and even right here in Iowa.

It’s this type of ingenuity that can keep our state healthy.

I’m Joe Bolkcom from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.