In 2013, Thomas Talhelm was living in Beijing doing research on a Fulbright scholarship in cultural psychology when the “airpocalypse” hit. He wanted to protect himself from the thick air pollution, but outfitting his home with commercial air purifiers would cost $1,000. He wondered: does clean air need to be that expensive? In his talk, Thomas explains how air purifiers work and how his Social Enterprise Smart Air has delivered affordable clean air to over 20,000 people all over China.

Cost: Free

Areas of Focus: Environment
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Environment
Producing and using energy damages people’s health and the environment. EPIC research is quantifying the social costs of energy choices and uncovering policies that help protect health while facilitating growth.
Air Pollution
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Air Pollution
Air pollution from fossil fuel combustion poses a grave threat to human health worldwide. EPIC research is using real-world data to calculate the effects of air pollution on human health...