Workshop on Clean Air and Policy with China and California

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The recently published Global Burden of Disease 2010 project found the ambient PM2.5 was among the leading risks for mortality and lost years of healthy life in China, contributing to 1.7 million premature deaths in 2010. The recent record level of air pollution in China is likely due to its fast economic development and lack of appropriate regulations.

In contrast, in California, as a result of unprecedented and aggressive long-term air pollution control programs for both mobile and stationary sources, we can look back on forty years of dramatically improved air quality and claim for itself one of the most remarkable environmental success stories anywhere in the world.

Despite enormous growth—a near tripling in population and more than a tripling in vehicle miles traveled—the Southern California region now meets the federal air quality standards for four of the six criteria pollutants regulated under the original Clean Air Act and reduced peak ozone levels by more than two-thirds.

There are many lessons learned in California that worth sharing with China. This workshop will focus on how good science can be used to inform policy to produce sustainable solutions for air pollution at the local, state, regional, and global level.

Topics will include:

  • Air pollution challenge in today’s China
  • California’s air quality management system
  • Implementing research results into public policy

A Tale of Two Cities

​Collaborative pollution research featured in UCLA Today.

Yifang Zhu, an associate professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and her colleagues are drawing on lessons from Los Angeles and teaming with Peking University scientists to guide policy makers as Beijing grapples with record levels of air pollution. Continue Reading

Who should attend:

Environmental policy makers, academic institutions, governmental agencies, and anyone interested in air pollution issues in China and California.


May 15-16, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Clean Air and Policy workshop is open to the public and free of charge. A full agenda will be available soon. 

How to Register:

To register, please email and provide your name, affiliation and email address. For more information contact Prof. Yifang Zhu at


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