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1 UB Citizens: Let’s get addicted to air quality data A Project funded by: PEER Christa https://www.facebook.com/UBAirQuality Photo Credit: Lauren Knapp A December 2011 morning in UB

2 What is PM? Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve Research Camp, April 2005 Dust Volcanoes Mt. St. Helens, 1980 Combustion Sources Bacteria Bioaerosol

3 Fine Human Hair PM comes in a range of sizes PM10 (Diameter ≤ 10μm) PM2.5 (Diameter ≤ 2.5μm) ~ 50 μm

4 PM and Health Effects Very large > PM10 Coarse PM: PM2.5 < PM ≤ PM10 Fine PM: ≤ PM2.5 WHO estimates the total number of PM-related deaths to be approximately 3.3 million/year world-wide. More than malaria + AIDS, combined.

5 UB air pollution From 2011 WHO Outdoor Air Pollution Database and Dec 2011 WB report: Air Quality Analysis of Ulaanbaatar

6 UB air pollution From 2011 WHO Outdoor Air Pollution Database and Dec 2011 WB report: Air Quality Analysis of Ulaanbaatar According to 2011 WHO Outdoor PM10 survey, Ulaanbaatar is 2 nd most PM10- polluted city in the world.

7 UB air pollution From 2011 WHO Outdoor Air Pollution Database and Dec 2011 WB report: Air Quality Analysis of Ulaanbaatar

8 UB air pollution From 2011 WHO Outdoor Air Pollution Database and Dec 2011 WB report: Air Quality Analysis of Ulaanbaatar

9 Annual average skewed by wintertime levels Nishikawa et al. (2011) DAILY WHO Recommended level On average, EVERY day in EVERY month except for 4 violate WHO Recommended PM levels.

10 Est. range of annual deaths in UB caused by PM (Allen et al., 2011 and World Bank 2011 ). Human Impacts By the Numbers 10-25% $ 500 million Est. annual amount (in USD) lost from UB economy due to PM - 20% of UB’s 2008 GDP (World Bank 2011).

11 My Research Questions: What is UB PM made of? What are the major sources of UB PM? How does black carbon change with time? How does UB PM affect regional climate?

12 PEER UB Air Pollution Team: Dr. Dagva Shagjjamba Ms. Gerelmaa Gunchin Ms. Bulgansaikhan Baldorj Mr. Amanjol Ms. Delgerzul Lodoisamba Kindergarten #69 Staff Enkhiin Sanaa Family Hospital Staff ** However, the project I am about to describe is NOT FUNDED by NSF, USAID, or Fulbright. It is a public outreach initiative. It and has been done on free time because we feel it is IMPORTANT.**

13 Sharing Air Quality Data (and basics) through Social Media Public awareness MATTERS! (1) ACCESS to timely AQ data can help the public make informed health decisions. (2) ACCESS to the available AQ data and basics EMPOWERS UB’ers to focus more effort on air quality monitoring.

14 Mitigation measures are just half of the equation…. New Stoves Ger  Apts Alt. Fuels Electric Stoves Modifying Ignition

15 Long-term, successful pollution reduction is feedback cycle: Mitigation Measures Air quality monitoring And the public can influence strengthening this cycle in UB!

16 Ulaanbaatar Air Quality on Facebook on twitter UB Air Quality in Social Media

17 Tweet and Facebook post BREAKDOWN: Posts at 9 am, 2pm, and 7pm

18 Tweet and Facebook post BREAKDOWN: Posts at 9 am, 2pm, and 7pm

19 Have more questions? check out UBAirPollution.org, or post a question on the Facebook Page: “Ulaanbaatar Air Quality!” Tweet and Facebook post BREAKDOWN: Posts at 9 am, 2pm, and 7pm

20 Simple Infographics

21 Interact with the public on air pollution issues People ask questions We share people getting involved in air pollution activities (like UBASC) People share information

22 How the public access to data shapes air quality monitoring PM10 PM2.5 = just 0.12% of Beijing’s population. More transparent data

23 How the public access to data shapes UB air quality monitoring Within 3 weeks of having these sites running and because of the show of public support: - Received international and local media attention - Learned of possible funding avenues for independent instrument - Met with community leaders to discuss air quality

24 The PUBLIC has influenced this cycle! Mitigation Measures Air quality monitoring But this needs to just be the beginning…

25 What can YOU do? Tell your friends TODAY to get informed and involved. “Like” ‘https://www.facebook.com/UBAirQuality’ on FB and on twitter.

26 Want to get more involved with LET ME KNOW! THANKS!


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