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KUER News and RadioWest are bringing you a series of stories and conversations on Utah's air. It's easy to look at the haze on a red air quality day and say that something needs to be done about it. But what? We'll be talking about the roles that individuals, industry and government can play in cleaning up Utah's air quality. We'll also look at what the costs may to be to our economy and our health if we don't.

The Global Air Pollution Problem

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Well, it’s back. Again. Bad air is choking northern Utah, and it could be around for a while. But we’re not the only ones who have to deal with toxic air pollution. These days it’s a global problem, and people everywhere are looking for solutions.


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It’s no secret that northern Utah suffers from chronic air pollution in the winter months. But when the smog gets so thick you can’t see the mountains, it’s easy to forget that other places around the world deal with toxic air, too. That’s what we’re talking about Tuesday, the global air pollution problem. It’s an issue in London, in New Delhi, and Accra. In China, Mexico, even the French Alps. They all have their own unique air pollution problems, and ideas of how to fix them.


  • Emily Kasriel is head of editorial partnerships and special projects at the BBC World Service Group. Earlier this year she served as editor of the So I Can Breathe series of stories about efforts around the world to deal with air pollution.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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