The fight to clean up our air.
While many of us take for granted access to clean air, the World Health Organization estimates that there are at least 4.2 million premature deaths each year due to air pollution around the globe. And the Front Range of Colorado is repeatedly failing to meet the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards, putting policymakers and regulators under pressure to fix the air pollution affecting us all.
To say that the impacts of air pollution are complicated is an understatement. We all have the right to clean air, no matter where we live. But safeguarding our air is about making hard decisions. It’s about changing our thinking and our behaviors. And it’s about looking at the issues from multiple angles. The Institute for Science & Policy was created to take on these complex issues and to have thoughtful dialogue where people can disagree. There are no simple answers. These are hard conversations and hard problems.
Whether it's increased traffic from a growing population, wildfire smoke descending on the Front Range, or industrial emissions crossing a fence line – our air is a complex stew of ingredients. This new podcast series examines the science and sources behind air pollution, why the effects are not felt equally, and how historical and current policies are - or aren't - addressing the issue.
Our air is often invisible, so it’s easy to ignore something we don’t always see. That’s our human nature. But as we gain knowledge, it just might be harder to look away.