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Deforestation, Air Quality and Human Health

Wednesday 10 February 2016
Seminar Rm 2 (8.11), Garstang Building, School of Geography

Dr Carly Reddington from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS), in the School of Earth and Environment, will discuss the links between land-use change, fires, and air quality across the tropics.

In Brazil, recent reductions in the rate of deforestation have led to an improvement in regional air quality, saving up to 1,700 lives per year.

In contrast, rates of forest loss are still rising in Southeast Asia. Smoke emitted by forest fires here leads to 'very unhealthy' (as classified according to the Air Quality Index) air quality, in the region's cities.

Carly will take us through two case studies that use atmospheric observations and global modelling to explore the relationship between fires and air quality, and the implications for human health.

The seminar will be at 4pm - all welcome!