Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine

Wu quoted in National Geographic article

Wed, 05/26/2021

AirUCI faculty Jun Wu is quoted in a May 25th article in National Geopgraphic that discusses the combined effects of air pollution and extreme heat on health, particularly respiratory health.  Bad heat and bad air work in tandem to increase the stress on people’s bodies and increase their risk of hospitalization.  “Some of the associations [of extreme heat and ozone pollution] are hidden unless you look at the very local scale,” says Jun, pointing to historical influences like decisions to route freeways through communities of color which contribute to the extra burden of heat and pollution for some heavily affected areas. The risks will persist and perhaps expand in the future due to climate change.  Read the article