The Air We Breathe: Connecting Pollution, Climate, and Health

Temperatures, winds, and precipitation patterns all influence the severity of air pollution, which is estimated to cause millions of premature deaths each year. Meanwhile, pollutants from diesel engines, power plants, wildfires, and dust storms can change air temperatures and clouds, nudging weather patterns and altering where precipitation forms.

In Winter 2016, JISAO postdocs Adriana Bailey and Sam Potter, along with colleague Pam Roqué of UW’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, designed and taught an undergraduate course called The Air We Breathe: Connecting Pollution, Climate, and Health as part of the UW STEP program. Below are a sample of the final projects written by students in the class*.

Feature articles written by UW Bothell undergraduate students

Ozone from China - Sydney Johnson
Sydney's article
Ozone Harms All - Jasmyne Bryant
Jasmyne's article
Particulate Matter - Kelsey Miyashita
Kelsey's article
Up in Smoke - Keenon Hunsaker
Keenon's article
Smoke in the Sound - Jordan Muhs
Jordan's article
Suffocating Seattle - Jackie Stowe
Jackie's article

*Articles have not been edited for grammar or factual accuracy by JISAO. Interested readers are encouraged to follow the hyperlinks to learn more about air pollutants and their climate and health interactions.