Fine particulate matter in the air: Health-impacting at any concentration?

I discovered a really interesting article about the Air Quality Index (AQI) titled: “Air Quality Index – time for a rethink?” written by Clive Stott in the Dec. 2017 issue of the Woodsmoke Climate Change News newsletter on pages 14 and 15. In it, Stott, in effect, asserts PM 2.5 is unsafe regardless of air … Read more

On cleaning the air, a very cautionary tale

There isn’t a person following the air-pollution story (situation) closely who shouldn’t also be aware that millions worldwide annually are dying early from its effects. A truly sad state of affairs if ever there were one! It’s not as if we humans aren’t aware of the problem, in this case such being pollution – quite … Read more

‘SoCal-based air district sued. Violations of NOx RECLAIM program alleged’ post revisited, update

Back on March 10, 2016, on the Air Quality Matters blog this article: “SoCal-based air district sued. Violations of NOx RECLAIM program alleged,” was posted. Now, an important update to this story. Story update The Earthjustice organization on Nov. 8, 2017 issued the “Southern California Court Rules Against Air Board’s Decision to Adopt Weak Amendments … Read more

Bad-air tales: It is my experience …

Actor, comedian, pianist and singer Jimmy Durante once said: “I got a million of ’em.” He was no doubt referring to “experiences.” I make reference to the above for the simple reason that experience is invaluable. A lot of experience is gained through direct observation via the eyes. More of it is acquired through sound … Read more

As to what ‘smog’ is, really, record should be set straight

“Random House Webster’s College Dictionary” defines “smog”1 as follows: “smoke or other atmospheric pollutant combined with fog in an unhealthy or irritating mixture.” As originally conceived? I’ll accept that. Oh, and as for ozone? Webster defines “ozone”2 as (are you ready for this?): “1. a form of oxygen, O3, produced when an electric spark or … Read more

Asserting deadly air as non-deadly is to, flat out, be ignorant of the facts

Incidents: According to the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board, in Belgium’s, Meuse Valley in 1930, pollution emitted into the air from industrial sources left 60 people dead with thousands sickened due to exposure to such. Also via the same source, in 1948, in the United States in Donora, Pennsylvania an uncontrolled industrial release … Read more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan dead or are better days ahead?

On Jun. 5, 2014 I penned the “EPA has plan to lower emissions, raise energy efficiency, save money” post. In this I wrote: “In its news release, titled: ‘EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants/Clean Power Plan is flexible proposal to ensure a healthier environment, spur innovation and strengthen the economy,’ the … Read more

436,000 Europeans yearly dying early from particulate matter alone: Air audit underway

In “America’s air: In a state of unhealthy repair?” posted on the Air Quality Matters blog on Aug. 31, 2013, the assertion, “… one finding of a more recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is that there is a total American air-pollution-related premature death rate of approximately 200,000 annually, …” was made. To repeat: that’s … Read more

More on why what mode, route chosen for commuting matters

Every now and then, the air-quality value of bicycle versus car commuting is called into question. Such is the case in today’s thread. In fact, the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) in its “Study: Commuters’ exposures to air pollution greatly depends on mode of travel: Sacramento area study shows light rail commuters … Read more