Past Event

Clearing the Air: Understanding NYC's Air Quality and Climate

April 17, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monell Building, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 Auditorium

Lamont Public Lecture Series 

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Monell Auditorium 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 
61 Route 9W 
Palisades, NY 10964

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Reception 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Discussion 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted by 
Steven L. Goldstein 
Interim Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Higgins Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Presented by
Róisín Commane
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University 

Air pollution is a significant global problem, leading to 9 million premature deaths each year worldwide, and cities bear the brunt of its devastating impact. Most toxic pollutants are emitted alongside carbon dioxide (CO2) when we burn carbon-based fuels. This raises the crucial question: How can we reduce CO2 emissions to stop climate warming while simultaneously improving air quality to safeguard millions of lives?

Examining the evolving air quality and greenhouse gas landscape in New York City is imperative to addressing this question. Air pollution laws have been in place for many decades but we are only now beginning to see the implementation of climate legislation such as the NY Climate Leadership and Community Protection Plan (CLCPA). How do these laws impact urban air quality and greenhouse gases? Róisín Commane will describe some of the surprising results from our observations of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in the New York City metro area over the past few years. This data offers invaluable insights into the intersection of climate-related laws and their impact on air quality.

We invite you to join us for this special Earth Month lecture as we embark on a journey to unravel potential pathways toward a cleaner, healthier future for our cities and inhabitants alike.

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory