CARB seeks nominations for premier clean air, climate award

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When it comes to air pollution, there's no one more deserving Thanrie Haagen-Smit.

The California Air Resources Board's annual Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award is "our way of honoring individuals who have public health with exceptional and transformative achievements toward improving air quality or climate change," CARB Research Division Chief Elizabeth Schehle tells the Los Angeles Times.

The award, named for the late Dr. Haagen-Smit, a biochemistry professor at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena who first showed 16 years ago that exhaust reactions react with sunlight to create ground-level ozone, is given to scientists, policymakers, community leaders, and educators who have made "outstanding contributions to the advancement of clean air through science, advocacy, or policy," according to the CARB's website.

But it's not just scientists who are making a difference.

"Climate change and air pollution are linked," Schehle tells the Times.

"There's a growing body of evidence that climate change is having an impact on air quality."

A recent study found that more than half of all premature deaths in the US can be blamed on air pollution, with heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer the most common causes.

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