Clemson, UNC, GT Get Research Grants for Climate Impacts

Three universities in the southeast, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Clemson University, are among 25 universities to receive Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“EPA is engaging the academic research community, through these grants, to enable solutions that will both adapt to and mitigate the impact of climate change,” said Paul T. Anastas, Ph.D., assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development.

The agency awarded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $300,000 and Georgia Institute of Technology $599,963 to research climate change as it relates to air quality. Each university’s research will ultimately help to determine how weather variability, land use decisions, and industrial technology could impact ozone and fine particle pollution over the next 40 years. Findings will support the formation of new air quality management systems that effectively account for climate change and mitigation strategies for air quality.

EPA granted Clemson University $891,342 for climate change and carbon sequestration research. Researchers will investigate safe and effective ways to store and sequester carbon. This research will help determine if injecting carbon dioxide deep into the ground threatens the environment and underground water resources.

EPA brings leading-edge science to assess the consequences of climate change on human health, ecosystems, and social well being. One of the agency’s goals is to develop information and tools to make assessments on the overall impact of climate change.

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