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  • Climate change may worsen the situation for asthma sufferers, whose symptoms can be triggered by air pollution and allergies. Joel Kaufman, who coauthored a new study showing the positive effects of cleaner diesel fuels on buses--is quoted. In the News
    Scientific American | April 30, 2015
  • Use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in the school buses 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a study by the University of Michigan and the University of Washington. In the News
    ASPPH Friday Letter | April 30, 2015
  • Research led by Sara Adar found improved health and less absenteeism, especially among asthmatic children, after Washington switched to cleaner diesel fuel and adopted clean air technologies on school buses. In the News
    Environmental Protection Online | April 24, 2015