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ADVISORY: Expert Available to Comment on Effects of Social Distancing and Quarantine Measures on Air Quality

March 20, 2020
CONTACT:
Chanapa Tantibanchachai
Office: 443-997-5056 / Cell: 928-458-9656
chanapa@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

A silver lining of social distancing and quarantine? Better air quality. As more and more cities across the U.S. clamp down on travel, there have been fewer cars on the road and early reports of improved air quality in cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia and more. Just last night, California governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order to ‘stay at home,’ affecting nearly 40 million people. What effect will such an order have on the state’s air pollution? What could similar measures mean nationally and globally?

Peter DeCarlo, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University, can discuss how and to what extent social distancing and quarantine measures affect air pollution.

DeCarlo’s research focuses on atmospheric air pollution with applications to ambient air quality, including atmospheric aerosols and emissions from anthropogenic activities including natural gas development. He has published extensively in the areas of atmospheric aerosols (particulate matter), air quality, and climate and performed air quality measurements all over the world, and visited with many Congressional offices to discuss climate change and air quality issues.

DeCarlo is available for interviews and can be reached by emailing chanapa@jhu.edu.

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