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February 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!
Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today’s science issues with experts, and best of all… you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.
If You Can’t See It, It Doesn’t Exist: Connections of Air and Climate Pollution with Policy Decisions
The effects of climate change, air pollution, and efforts by leaders to address these effects are pressing issues that pervade recent news-cycles – from climate talks in Paris to the increase in “red alert” days in Beijing. Dr. Neil Donahue will discuss “If You Can’t See It, It Doesn’t Exist: Connections of Air and Climate Pollution with Policy Decisions.”
Donahue is a Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering; Director of the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies at Carnegie Mellon University; and a Science & Engineering Ambassador with the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. He directs the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research.
Climate pollution is mostly invisible and diffuse. More traditional air pollution — haze and smog — is visible and localized. However, both cause a world of hurt, and addressing them together may be a key to making progress on both. The “social costs” of pollution can be very high, with the costs of climate pollution distributed over the globe and over generations, while the social costs of air pollution bourn locally and immediately, including contribution to millions of deaths every year.