Air report finds 137 million Americans lived in counties impacted by harmful smog, soot levels

(The below Apr. 21, 2022 press release is from the American Lung Association). A news report from the American Lung Association reveals that nearly 9 million more people were impacted by particle pollution, which can be deadly, than in last year’s report. The Lung Association’s 23rd annual “State of the Air” report, released today, also … Read more

Globally, 99% of people now impacted by bad air, WHO declares

(The below Apr. 4, 2022 news release is from the World Health Organization). Almost the entire population (99%) breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality limits, and threatens their health. A record number of over 6000 cities in 117 countries are now monitoring air quality, but the people living in them are still breathing unhealthy … Read more

An up-close look at Fresno’s dirty-air condition as Air Quality Awareness Week approaches

With Air Quality Awareness Week fast approaching, the focus of discussion today centers on Fresno, a central California city that year after year sees some of the country’s worst air pollution. Having said that, what better time than this to bring attention to the air-quality deficit that Fresno has long been hamstrung by, done in … Read more

California adopts new recycling and composting law

According to information printed on a mailed City of Fresno, California distribution I received on Jan. 6, 2022 pertaining to (as best I could tell) residential waste recycling, American households produce in excess of, on average, one quarter more waste (by weight, presumably), between Thanksgiving and New Years, than what is presumably generated per residential … Read more

What’s up? Methane, carbon dioxide. That’s what’s up!

I tuned into the Public Broadcasting Service’s hour-long “Earth Emergency” documentary that aired Dec. 29, 2021 at 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and then a second time in an encore presentation rebroadcast the following afternoon at 2 p.m. All in all, the program was informative, easy-to-understand, practically all of it having to do with the … Read more

The lowdown on fugitive dust

Only rarely does dust ever completely break down or go away. However – and like with nearly all types of air pollution – it can be controlled. Indoors we usually go to great lengths to try to corral dust, relying on everything from cloths, filters, vacuum cleaners and wipes to dust pans and brooms and … Read more

Calif. HSR: Fast track to nowhere or platform for quality travel, better air?

Whereas other northern-hemispheric-located countries have embarked on high-speed-train journeys beginning with Japan in 1964, the United States is only now starting to get on board. Here in America, construction of the country’s first true high-speed passenger rail system officially broke ground in Fresno, California on Jan. 6, 2015 with physical construction actually going on a … Read more