Air pollution causes a wide variety of problems – from global warming to an increase in asthma and more. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tasked with researching the negative effects of air pollution and finding ways to mitigate these effects. The EPA is providing $32 million in funding to create four new Clean Air Research Centers to help gain a better understanding air pollution’s effects on human health.

The new research centers will be located at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Harvard University in Boston; Michigan State University in East Lansing; and the University of Washington in Seattle.

Research conducted at these four centers will focus on the health effects of air pollution on children, the elderly and populations that are more sensitive to air pollution including those with asthma and other health conditions.

"These centers are critical to understanding how to improve air quality and protect Americans’ health from complex mixtures of air pollutants," said Dr. Paul Anastas, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development. “The centers will focus on important scientific questions remaining in air research.” Source: EPA

Each of the projects will run for approximately five years with end dates falling between September and December 2015.