Ed Avol Interviewed: Is it better to cycle or drive a car in polluted air?

SCEHSC professor and pollution exposure expert Ed Avol was recently interviewed on KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. Avol and other researchers in the Environmental Health Centers based at USC are often called upon to answer questions regarding health and exercise. In this interview with Avol, KPCC was able to capture some of the major questions that people ask when they are concerned about cycling near sources of air pollution.

Click through to the article where Avol details ways to reduce the impacts of air pollution when cycling such as:

  • stay off busy streets
  • consider the wind
  • watch the clock
  • avoid the heat
  • don’t overdo it

KPCC article/interview: Is it better to cycle or drive a car in polluted air? by Susan Carpenter

Earth Day 2016

The faculty and staff at the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, are glad this is a day to bring attention to our earth and the ways that we can take action to help sustain it in the present and especially the future.

Today, over 170 at the United Nations are signing a historic climate agreement. You can watch their live and recorded coverage below. Continue reading “Earth Day 2016”

KPCC documents community monitoring work on “invisible problem” of traffic pollution

A KPCC story today documents the work of health advocates and collaborations to implement community air monitoring of traffic pollution.  Center faculty and staff provided information for this ongoing series by Deepa Fernandes, which raises awareness about the health effects of going to school near busy roads and freeways.  The Community Outreach program partners with organizations who are interested in knowing what they are breathing at the neighborhood level.  The monitors are a valuable tool to understand more about air pollution and research.  Working with youth is also a strategy to encourage interest in science, health, and environmental issues. Continue reading “KPCC documents community monitoring work on “invisible problem” of traffic pollution”

SCEHSC Center members involved in KPCC Story: More than 150 LA child care centers dangerously close to freeways

Local KPCC reporter, Deepa Fernandez (Early Childhood Development Correspondent) approached SCEHSC staff and researchers last year to inquire about air pollution monitoring and health effects of near roadway air pollution on children. Today her feature story about childcare centers in Los Angeles in close proximity to freeways was published.We are proud to not only have our center members quoted in the story, but community partners as well.

Deepa Fernandez, KPCC

Culver City writer Tracey Moore loved everything about her daughter’s daycare. It was close to her family’s house, included some Spanish immersion, and her young child was smitten with the staff.

So when the owner informed parents she was moving, there was unanimous consensus among families that they would all follow her.

But when Moore saw the new daycare location, she was devastated: “It’s a side street that dead ends right at the freeway,” she recalled, “and the preschool is about a stone’s throw [away].”

Every day, more than 300,000 cars and trucks rumble through that section of the 405, according to CalTrans data for 2014 – making it one of the most highly-trafficked spots in Los Angeles. Moore didn’t know that specific statistic, but she could see the traffic and was concerned about what she called the “invisible ribbon of particles” drifting off the freeway from cars and trucks directly into the yard of the day care. Read more here

Map: Where child care facilities are next to highways

New Infographic on the Health Effects of Diesel

The Community Outreach team at USC Environmental Health Centers has developed this infographic to provide an overview of the research on health risks from diesel exhaust.

The infographic includes interactive links that lead to useful information. For example, in the HOW section, the health effects are linked to specific research articles. Links to websites and social media are also interactive. Please share widely!

Click on the images below to go to the full version of the infographic in both English and Spanish.



Community Outreach recognized for involvement in change: Diesel emissions and health

NIEHS features our Center’s outreach program, under the long-time direction of Andrea Hricko, along with THE Impact Project and the Moving Forward Network. The article highlights community-driven nationwide efforts to clean the air and building healthier communities near ports, railyards and goods movement operations.

Click here to read more.