What future cities could look like: A 21st century perspective

Many large cities today are bloated. Many smaller ones are too. Before forging ahead farther, it is important at this juncture to be clear on what delineates cities. One way cities are categorized is according to population size. Large cities: metros with population densities of from 500 thousand-plus to 10 million. Medium cities: metros with … Read more

Food for thought: Re polluted air: To 86 is to fix. Get my drift? We can do this!

You’re familiar with the idiom “fish out of water” right? I sometimes wonder if that’s what we’re becoming like. The World Health Organization tells us that 92 percent of the world’s people are breathing polluted air. That’s profound! It’d be so much better if only eight percent did, but even that’s not good. No one … Read more

San Joaquin Valley Air Basin 2016 vs. ’15 ozone update

Ozone exceedances in the San Joaquin Valley in California’s interior, preliminarily speaking, in 2016 numbered 88. This is six exceedances more than the year before. 2015’s numbers are preliminary also. The ozone season in the Valley roughly lasts from March through October. So, why the increase? Keep in mind that a big part of the … Read more

An air cleaner: Amtrak’s ‘Capitol Corridor’ service celebrates 25 years

In six days, Amtrak California’s Auburn to San Jose Capitol Corridor service marks 25 years of operation Amtrak Capitol Corridor trains hit the rails running, as it were, on Dec. 12, 1991. Such marked the first time since 1974 in California that a “new” regional Amtrak passenger-rail service was established – the regional San Joaquin … Read more

Potpourri: A valley ‘view’ on weather, temperature, air-quality reporting and one other thought

This is in no way a reflection on others’ ability to report on air-quality condition. But, if I want the latest on the status of local or regional or local and regional air quality, all bets are on that I will access one online resource in particular, thank you very much: the San Joaquin Valley … Read more

In and around the home, hitting a ‘home run’ on air quality matters

We all know the old saw: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m not sure I would completely concur, because it all depends on what our definition is of “ain’t broke.” The same sort of reasoning behind the expression: If it isn’t broken or damaged, then don’t repair or replace it. Exemplifying the latter … Read more

Power shuffle: The ‘switch’ from fossil to renewable fuels made easy

Watts up The world’s power requirement is enormous. Natural resources like oil, coal and natural gas, the chief fossil fuels relied upon as drivers to facilitate the generation of electricity and heat, is in finite supply; they won’t last forever. And, there are negative environmental effects from their use. Yet they are being relied upon … Read more

How ‘bout some serious air-care, for once – please?

Every year in the world as many as six-and-a-half-million people are losing their lives too soon from the effects of polluted air – 3 million related to outdoor air pollution and three-and-a-half million from polluted air which is indoors, according to World Health Organization estimates. It was four years ago that I penned the “Cutting transportation … Read more

ACCLAIM: Seven factors to help in improving air condition

Advocacy – One factor in the air-health-improvement equation is a strong backing of proponent support. But it goes beyond this, obviously. Air-pollution cleanup, for it to work, there first has to be the recognition that there is a dirty air problem. There also must be the understanding that there are both short- and long-term health … Read more

Air Quality Matters blog on the cusp: The start of year five

When the Air Quality Matters blog first was started – Nov. 5, 2012, President Barack Obama had just completed his very first term in office and was ready to embark on his second. Meanwhile, the country at this juncture had emerged – and I would add glowingly and stalwartly – from what has since become … Read more