EGU WEBINARS – Air Pollution

Air pollution is a major cause of premature death across the globe, with millions dying every year due to health problems resulting from exposure to atmospheric pollutants. Despite its threat to human welfare and economic productivity more people are expected to be living in heavily polluted cities in the future. In this Webinar, EGU will be sitting to talk interview-style with Dr. Craig Poku, atmospheric scientist at the University of York. We’ll be asking our expert how air pollution is impacting humans and who is bearing the greater burden of its ill effects? Will climate change impact the future of air pollution? And what even is smog anyway?

The webinar will conclude with an audience Q&A, so come prepped with your own questions!

Craig Poku is a queer postdoctoral researcher who grew up in South London and is of Jamaican and Ghanaian descent. Following his A Levels, he went onto completing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from King’s College London, where he obtained a 1st Class Honours. After working in Adult Social Care for a year, he moved to Leeds where he went onto complete a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, which specialised in fog microphysics. Once completing his PhD, he continued to research fog microphysical representation across Northern India, before moving to the University of York to specialise in UK Urban Air Quality.

Over the past few years, Craig has developed an interest in understanding the intersection between race and environmental sciences. He’s grown his expertise in the area, which has led him to be invited to panels and publications discussing barriers faced by Black scientists. He’s passionate to discuss how representation in Climate Sciences could be improved, leading him to co-lead projects such as Black in Geoscience Week.

00:00 – Introduction
00:11 – Meet Craig Poku
02:38 – What is a pollutant?
04:49 – How is human health impacted by pollution?
09:30 – Why does particle size matter?
13:57 – Who is impacted by air pollution?
21:56 – Why do solutions need an interdisciplinary approach?
27:37 – Does climate change interact with air pollution?
32:23 – What solutions exist?
35:22 – How has the COVID19 pandemic informed science-policy solutions?
38:58 – How can scientists engage non-experts?
42:13 – What’s the take-home message?
43:23 – Audience Q&A

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