Interview: Dr. Gary Lovett on air pollution

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With hot summer weather come warnings about air pollution. In Vermont, we get fewer air pollution warnings than our neighbors in Western New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

But that doesn’t mean air pollution isn’t a problem here. A new study between the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies and the Nature Conservancy found that no ecosystem type in the northeast is free from the affects of pollution, including Lake Champlain, the Connecticut River and the Adirondacks. Dr. Gary Lovett of the Cary Institute was a co-author of that study.

Lovett says the study concentrated on sulfur, nitrogen, mercury and ozone in several major ecosystems.

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