air pollution

U scientists on the 2021 IPCC climate report

Learn what the findings mean for the future of research and our planet.


Green lit dark auditorium with students on the left, and a chemistry on the right.

Be the light in your community

Scientist and inventor Alice Min Soo Chun demonstrated how she used STEM to change communities and encouraged Indigenous graduates to do the same.


Heat, air pollution and your health

Everyone is vulnerable to complications during times of high pollution, ozone and wildfire smoke.


A view overlooking salt lake valley from the University of Utah campus at sunset. On the horizon, you can see faint mountains that are obscured by hazy air, showing an example of air pollution that builds up in the valley.

Air pollution spikes reduce test scores

More frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County.


Air pollution costs Utahns billions annually and shortens life expectancy by two years

New study reveals the cost of air pollution for Utahns’ health and pocketbooks


Air pollution’s effects on homeless populations

Whether or not they reside in shelters, people without housing are impacted by Utah’s air quality.


Atmospheric dust levels are rising in the Great Plains

If the Great Plains becomes drier, the pieces are in place for a repeat of the 1930s Dust Bowl.


School absences correlate to impaired air quality

Even mildly elevated air pollution is associated with increase in absences in Salt Lake City.


How U alumni helped invent the catalytic converter

The catalytic converter, which removes toxic gases from car exhaust, owes its invention partly to U alumni working at Corning Incorporated in the 1970s.


Persistent inequitable exposure to air pollution in Salt Lake County schools

A new study utilized a community-university partnership of nearly 200 PM 2.5 sensors through the Air Quality and U network. U researchers revealed persistent social inequalities in Salt Lake County schools.