NC BREATHE Conference

Clean Air Carolina’s annual NC BREATHE Conference provides an interactive forum for North Carolinians to share the latest research related to the impacts air pollution has on human health, the environment, and the economy, and to discuss the critical role policy making plays.

 

Air Quality Policy Changes

How will recent changes to NC air quality policies and rules impact our health?

Air Pollution and Human Health

Find out about the latest research showing the growing health impacts of air pollution.

The Economic Value of Clean Air

Participate in discussions about making changes that will improve not only the health of North Carolinians, but also the local economic picture.

2019 NC BREATHE Conference

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN NORTH CAROLINA

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, NC

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN NORTH CAROLINA

The environmental justice movement was started in North Carolina and Naeema Muhammad has spent a large part of her career working to address environmental justice. Muhammad was appointed to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board that was created last year. During her opening talk, Muhammad discusses environmental justice in North Carolina, her experience and the new Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board.

Naeema Muhammad, Co-director, NC Environmental Justice Network

health and cost-of-living impacts of living near hog farms (cafos)

Air quality health and environmental justice impacts of hog farms on North Carolina communities are evident in Chris Heaney’s work. Heaney discusses his longtime work in North Carolina hog farms and his recent research on antimicrobial resistance and its impacts on workers.

Chris Heaney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

vulnerability of north carolina to climate change

Climate change will continue to cause increasing temperatures, extremes of precipitation, flooding events, catastrophic wildfires, ocean acidification and warming, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment released last November. Chris Weaver discuss these changes and how they impact communities and their health in North Carolina.

Chris Weaver, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

health impacts of emerging contaminants: a look at genx

While GenX is typically considered a water quality issue, the air emissions are a concern because of the deposition near private drinking water wells. Jane Hoppin speaks about her research and work with GenX, communities members, environmental justice and how air quality is connected to GenX.

Jane Hoppin, Sc.D., Deputy Director, Center for Human Health and the Environment, NC State University

2018 NC BREATHE Conference

Air, Climate, and Community Health

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

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NEW RESEARCH IN AIR QUALITY HEALTH

An update on the most recent research on the human health effects of air pollution, including recent work by H. Kim Lyerly and Julia Kravchenko.

H. KIM LYERLY, MD
George Barth Geller Professor of Research in Cancer, Professor of Surgery and Immunology, Associate Professor of Pathology, Director of Surgical Science and Applied Therapeutics Section
Duke University

JULIA KRAVCHENKO, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Duke University

ECONOMICS OF AIR QUALITY HEALTH EFFECTS

A brief history and rationale for the U.S. EPA’s approach to analyzing the economic value of the health burdens from air pollution, and to conducting economic benefit analyses for air pollution regulations. It will provide a brief introduction to EPA’s benefits analysis software, BenMAP-CE, and provide some recent examples of analyses of air pollution health costs and estimates of economic benefits of air pollution policies. Examples of challenges in developing economic benefits estimates for emerging health concerns such as neurodevelopmental and reproductive outcomes will also be discussed.

BRYAN HUBBELL, PhD
Senior Advisor on Social Science
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

WILDFIRES, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND HEALTH

Increasing incidence of wildfires in North Carolina is associated with climate change. The US EPA is working to study the associated health effects of wildfires and learning how to better inform the affected communities. This is being done through an app called Smoke Sense. The NC Division of Public Health has also been working on wildfire and vulnerable populations Hoke County.

WAYNE CASCIO, MD
Acting Director of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

LAUREN THIE, MSPH
Environmental Program Consultant, Climate and Health
NC Department of Health and Human Services

2017 NC BREATHE Conference

Bridging Research on Air Quality For the Health of Everyone

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC

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Perspectives on 21st Century Air Pollution Health Research Priorities

Science-based regulatory efforts over the past five decades led to tremendous progress in reducing air pollution levels and improving public health in the US. But, the emerging data from air pollution epidemiology studies suggest adverse health effects at air pollution levels below current national standards. This presentation brings to light the potential contributors and gaps in our knowledge from an historical perspective, and will focus on identifying research priorities to gain comprehensive understanding on air pollution health impacts on morbidity. How these priorities, based on integration of air pollution exposure and holistic health data (generated using diverse high throughput technologies) will aid in predicting risk and developing preventive strategies. Finally, this presentation touches upon recent efforts in addressing global air pollution health research.

Sri Nadadur, Ph.D.

Economic Consequences of Air Pollution from Electric Car Adoption

We discuss three implications of a change from gasoline to electric cars. First, electric cars may increase or decrease the damages from air pollution, depending on where they are charged. Second, electric cars tend to export pollution from one state to other nearby states. Third, households with higher incomes tend to obtain decreased damages from electric cars; this is reversed for households with lower incomes.

Dr. Andrew Yates

Energy and Our Environment: A Systems and Life Cycle Perspective

The production and use of energy touches on multiple aspects of our economy and our lives and has a diverse and complex set of impacts on our environment. There is also deep uncertainty regarding how our energy system will unfold over time. A long-range energy systems modeling approach can address some of this complexity, by modeling interactions among sectors (e.g., electric sector and transportation) and impacts across media (e.g., air versus water). Innovative approaches to modeling our energy system will be discussed, drawing from examples such as biofuel production, scenario planning, and the water-energy nexus.

Rebecca Dodder, Ph.D.

2016 NC BREATHE Conference

Bridging Research on Air Quality For the Health of Everyone

Thursday, April 8, 2016
University of North Carolina, Charlotte Center City
Charlotte, NC

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Air Pollution and Health: recent Findings and Next Steps

ANTONELLA ZANOBETTI, PHD

How Do we measure the benefit of improving air quality?

CHRIS TIMMINS, PHD

Connecting Air Pollution, Climate Change, Energy and Health

JASON WEST, PHD