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Poor air quality gained its place at lunch talk

#over40fashion mature business casual work outfit
Burberry blazer worn over black Anne Klein cashmere cable knit sweater, Halogen leather skirt, accessorized with GNW black tights, H-buckle, Kieselstein Cord belt, pearls, Harley Davidson booties, and Kate Moss for Longchamp bag (all own)

Business casual outfit for lunch talk presentation

I was invited to give a presentation on my air quality research as a 20 minutes lunch talk at the Rotary Club. This photo shows the outfit I wore to give my presentation. In the room, it was quite warm so I took my Burberry blazer off and gave the talk in the classic cashmere sweater with skirt and pearls outfit. On my way to the club’s meeting place, I wore my Cole Han shearling motorcycle coat as it was pretty cold outside.

#fashionover40 mature classic work look
Anne Klein sweater, Halogen leather skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt with Hermes H-buckle, GNW tights, and Harley Davidson booties (all own)

The lunch topic was Fairbanks poor winter air quality

So, curious what I presented? Probably you have heard in the national news that Fairbanks has an air quality problem because of its frequent inversions. I explained first that an inversion condition means that temperature – instead of decreasing with height – increases with height. Consequently, the vertical mixing is shut down as now the warm air is above the cold air. Recall warm air rises above cold air. Under inversion conditions, all gases and particles emitted into the inversion remain there and accumulate over time.

#over40style Classic mature office outfit
Side view of Halogen skirt with Anne Klein sweater, GNW tights, and Harley Davidson booties to show the A-line cut of the skirt (all own)

Fairbanks has a history on air quality problems

The air pollution problem is not new to Fairbanks. Since onset of the measurements in 1999, the PM2.5 concentrations frequently exceeded 35 microgram per meter cube. PM2.5 is particular matter of less than 2.5 micrometer in diameter that is emitted from any combustion. In former times, it was not news worthy as the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) was 65 not 35 microgram per meter cube. In former times, Fairbanks also had an air quality problem regarding carbon monoxide (CO). CO is emitted by cars. This air quality problem was solved over time due to tremendous technical improvement on the engines and mandatory emission tests.

#fashionover50 Mature women winter look
Cole Haan motorcycle shearling coat worn over Halogen leather skirt accessorized with GNW tights, Harley Davidson booties, silk cashmere paisley print scarf, gloves and Kate Moss for Longchamp bag (all own)

Do you go to lunch talks? What do you wear? Let me know by email, I am curious.

You can learn more about Fairbanks air quality right here on High Latitude Style.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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