I Can Breathe Clearly Now

I Can Breathe Clearly Now

by Thomas A. Cahill

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Overview

Author Thomas A. Cahill, an internationally recognized physicist and atmospheric scientist from the University of California, Davis, applies the best current science in exploring serious, even lethal, health threats ignored by air pollution agencies. Written for non-scientists and spiced with humor and previously untold stories, this book also exposes other widely exaggerated threats that in fact are not serious. Cahill gives readers the tools enabling them to reduce their risk of exposure to contaminants. No one but Cahill could have written this book, because he has been pivotal in environmental pollution for five decades. His groundbreaking research findings have influenced landmark health-protection policies -- as well as rankled inflexible bureaucrats, corporate executives and even two U.S. presidents. Through meticulous measurements and analysis, Cahill and his students played a key role in mandating automotive catalytic converters in California, helped prevent a coal-fired power plant from polluting the Grand Canyon, and forced unwilling federal agencies to adopt measures to protect workers at the site of the collapsed World Trade Center. Cahill now is tracking Greenland ice cap aerosols and climate for the National Science Foundation, and the California Department of Justice has commissioned him as a consulting expert for a massive toxic cleanup in Los Angeles.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158733703
Publisher: EditPros LLC
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Thomas A. Cahill, Ph.D., is a professor of physics at the University of California, Davis. His early work at UCLA, in France, and in Davis, California, was in nuclear physics and astrophysics, but he soon began adapting physical techniques to applied problems, especially air pollution. His data in 1973 on the impacts of airborne lead was instrumental in mandating the use of the automotive catalytic converter in California in 1976. He proposed and supported the law to lower sulfur in gasoline in 1977. He spent the following 20 years designing, building, and running the aerosol network to protect atmospheric visibility at U.S. national parks and monuments – now the national IMPROVE program. In 1994, he founded the UC Davis DELTA Group to work in two areas – aerosols and global climate change – for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Additionally his group analyzed aerosols and human health impacts for the California Air Resources Board, American Lung Association, and the Health Effects Task Force for Breathe California of Sacramento Emigrant Trails. Because of this health-related work, a U.S. Department of Energy colleague asked Cahill and his team to evaluate air at the excavation project following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in the autumn of 2001. Cahill was one of the first to warn that workers at the site were at risk of serious health threats from the toxic metals in the air they were breathing at the site.
Cahill is the author of five science fiction novels: Annals of the Omega Project – A Trilogy, Ark: Asteroid Impact, Ark: Diaspora, Ark: Post-Asteroid Eden, and Greenhouse Redemption of the Planet Kraal.

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