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Speakers in Charlotte to discuss making air pollution visible

Clean Air Carolina sponsored a presentation at UNCC Center City this year that measured real-time air pollution that was projected as a light animation.
Clean Air Carolina sponsored a presentation at UNCC Center City this year that measured real-time air pollution that was projected as a light animation. Mark Hames

Charlotte-based Clean Air Carolina will host two national speakers who will discuss their partnership to “make air visible” at a Dec. 6 event focused on street-level air pollution.

The speakers are Melissa Lunden, chief scientist at Aclima, a company that designs sensor networks, and Dan Costa, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air, Climate and Energy Research Program.

The two have partnered on using air sensor technology in Denver, Colo., and San Francisco. Portable sensors that detect pollutants help researchers identify pollution hotspots, such as traffic intersections.

Clean Air Carolina has underway a project to monitor fine-particle air pollution in neighborhoods and around schools in northwest Charlotte. It will partner with EPA to train community groups to test portable ozone air sensors next spring.

The Dec. 6 event will be at the main campus of Central Piedmont Community College and start with a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. program. It’s free to the public. Visit www.cleanaircarolina.org for more information.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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