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

CATS: In-the-cab, approach-lit light, lighting systems. Techniques that save bucks, energy, Earth

Number 36 in the Clean Air Technologies Series. Yesterday In “CATS: For environmental sustainability, security and even safety, solar ‘lights’ the way,” in the first few paragraphs, I described what I had observed on a part of the then return leg of what had at the time been a vacation taken to the California coastal … Read more

FWDS: Impact on landfill-produced methane from reduced food waste

Number 3 in the Food Waste Disposal Series. “Today, there is a renewed interest in the issues related to food loss, both domestically and internationally. For example, USDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge on June 4, 2013, and the United Nations’ Environment Programme’s (UNEP) World Environment Day’s … Read more

Three helpful sustainability-related resources: How each may relate where air quality is concerned

The message: Don’t pollute. Easier said than done, right? It is here, exactly, where three books can be of immense help. And, these are three of my absolute all-time favorites. They are: 30 Simple Energy Things You Can Do To Save The Earth by EarthWorks Press, Inc. and distributed by Pacific Gas & Electric Company … Read more

Nine-in-ten breathe polluted air, so says WHO

When it comes to air-pollution-related analysis, the World Health Organization (WHO), regarding its most recent, has determined that the world over, 92 percent – or better than nine-in-ten – breathe polluted air. Details “A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits,” … Read more

FWDS: Researchers hot on trail of heat from food; tho, capturing it, the tricky part

Number 2 in the Food Waste Disposal Series. So much food gets eaten, but so much gets wasted too. Last time in the FWDS, looked at were statistics related to municipal solid waste (MSW) and more, including the amount of food in the U.S. annually discarded and the percentage recovered. So what are the related … Read more

More money to fight warming, polluted air in California issued

High atop a parking garage in downtown Fresno, California Governor Jerry Brown on Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 affixed his signature to several bills thereby enacting legislation that allocates monies to fight warming and polluted air in the state. In the governor’s presence and bearing witness to the bills’ signature signings that day were (in no … Read more

SAPS: Stanford scientists use novel approach to get ‘green’ plastics from CO2, ag-waste mix

Number 6 in the Sustainable Agricultural Practices Series. Researchers at Stanford University are working their magic: For example, turning inedible plant waste in conjunction with carbon dioxide into usable, sustainable plastic. Typically needed in the production of plastics and other products is petroleum. What makes this development so special and promising is that, by utilizing … Read more

SAPS: Using LED lighting for growing puts crops in best possible light

Number 5 in the Sustainable Agricultural Practices Series. Food: It’s what makes the world go ‘round. This, and air and water, you know, the essentials or fundamentals. Efficiency, meanwhile, is responsible for practices, such as growing foods, to be improved; streamlined in some cases. And, innovation is what allows efficiency to take place. One innovation … Read more

Food-waste-disposal-series kickoff: Introduction, background

Americans have quite the appetite. And why wouldn’t we?! After all, we are 320 million strong and growing and in order to meet our own solid (and liquid) fuel consumption needs, our bodies require being nourished on a regular and sustained basis. That’s but the half of it. The other 50 percent has to do … Read more