Lung association reports 4-in-10 Americans live in counties with unhealthy air

Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population resides in counties with polluted air. This is one of the messages in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) “‘State of the Air’ Report Finds Continued Improvement in Air Quality, Yet Increase in Life-threatening Spikes of Particle Pollution: American Lung Association report finds 4 in 10 Americans live in counties … Read more

Earth Day: Time to take good care and at the same time, perhaps go without

There is something to be said for this idea of doing/going without. This is what this Earth Day (Apr. 22nd) message is about. I look around, take an inventory of my personal space and, lo and behold, I find there are things in my life that could be done differently. Inner space Starting with the kitchen … Read more

In 2017, do as California is: Make air cleanup, job one – Part 3 (mobile sources 2/2)

Background California’s transportation system, which consists of highways and roads totaling more than 175,000 miles, is valued at around $1.5 trillion. The Golden State, moreover, has north of 500 transit agencies, 12 major ports and an 800-mile total high-speed rail system now under construction. There is more to the state transportation network, so much more. … Read more

EPA request asking newest smog standards be postponed, granted by court

California’s San Joaquin Valley in 2016 exceeded the 2008 national 8-hour ozone health standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) 88 times – a jump of six over 2015’s total. Regarding the more stringent 70 ppb standard, one that would have been more protective of public health, and incidentally, the one approved by the U.S. … Read more

Spring is for the birds … and for bees, flowers and trees. And, yes, spring: It’s in the air too!

There is something about spring. Of course there’s the “April-showers-bringing-May-flowers” bit. Then, of course, there’s the other part: renewal. For many, there’s the “spring-cleaning” ritual. Bite my tongue, right? Spring is, well, when you get right down to it, my favorite time of the year. Cool temperatures, windy days, bloomin’ flora – plants punctuated by … Read more

Revisited: A changed climate: Can we at least agree on that?

From what I have learned, Scott Pruitt, the newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, publicly acknowledged that the Earth is getting or has gotten hotter; if not in those exact words, then something along these lines. What Pruitt at this point is not completely sure of, apparently, is how much of an influence on … Read more

Report looks at participant volunteering as basis for evaluating pollution’s effects

The information printed below is provided by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carries out experiments in which volunteer participants agree to be intentionally exposed by inhalation to specific pollutants at restricted concentrations over short periods to obtain important information about the effects of outdoor air pollution … Read more

California fast-train building progress one-and-three-fourths years in

June 16, 2017 will mark two years since construction on California’s planned total 800-mile high-speed rail system got underway. It could be year 2033 when the entire project is completed or 18 years from start to finish. Progress-wise, in getting to where the program is now, wasn’t easy. High-speed rail finally made it as a … Read more

The moral imperative should dictate all for Earth Day and all the rest

I know, I know, Earth Day is a month away. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start thinking about making preparations for when it arrives. So, what is this about, really? Day to day I both learn about and see – both with and without the aid of vision correction (read: “eyeglasses”) – struggle, strife, … Read more

President’s auto-jobs-over-environment move a no-win for air

Based on a request to review current domestic vehicle-emissions standards – a change that, if advanced, would likely soon take effect – apparently, for motor vehicles traversing America’s roadways in the not-so-far-off future, air, as well as vehicle fuel economy could suffer. Puzzling it is why most of the motoring public is not standing tall … Read more