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October 31, 2019

K-State professors publish book on greenhouse gas emissions and air quality issues

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Kansas State University faculty members Larry Erickson, professor in the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering, and Gary Brase, professor in the department of psychological sciences, have announced a Nov. 13 publication date of their book, "Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improving Air Quality: Two Interrelated Global Challenges."

"The world's atmosphere is a common resource," Erickson said. "Air quality, along with energy, transportation and climate change have significant impacts on our lives and this book helps readers understand the changes happening at the connecting point of these areas as they relate to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality."

The book is accessibly written for a wide audience and discusses the transition to electric vehicles, solar and wind energy for electricity generation, battery developments, smart grids and electric power management, and progress in the electrification of agricultural technology. It also provides the latest information in the context of the United Nations' sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Specific topics in the book include how to improve urban air quality in large cities and urban environments; effectively addressing the nexus of energy, transportation, air quality, climate change and health; and a discussion on innovative concepts at the intersections of renewable energy, the smart grid, electric vehicles and electric power management.

More details about the book are available online.

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