Extreme Sept. heat tests grid, degrades air in San Joaquin Valley

For those who don’t know, California’s approximately 300-mile-long by roughly 80-mile-wide San Joaquin Valley has some of America’s worst air quality. For the past 20 years or so, such Valley cities as Bakersfield, Fresno, Hanford, Madera and Visalia, for example, have consistently ranked among those places in the United States with the highest amounts of … Read more

The thing about fuel economy: More to it than you may think

The three most talked about topics in the current news cycle are: weather; public health and/or public safety; and the economy. These topics can be further divided into sub-categories: Floods, droughts and heat for weather; reproductive rights, and COVID-19 and the monkey pox viruses related to public health and/or public safety; and where the economy … Read more

Suit filed against EPA over plans aimed at reducing smog in three key areas prove ineffective

(Below is a Jun. 7, 2022 press release from the Center for Biological Diversity). Environmental and public health groups filed a lawsuit today against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that Los Angeles, Sacramento and New Hampshire have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution. ”The EPA is simply not doing its job … Read more

More attention, intervention needed to tame crisis air pollution

Part of the challenge to clean the supply of air is to recognize that the world has an air pollution problem. The problem, in fact, is so extensive, the situation has reached crisis proportions. The World Health Organization, besides concluding that 7 million people each year in the world lose a personal fight to hold … Read more

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

In a post-pandemic world, will positive progress continue?

SARS CoV-2 (commonly known as COVID-19) is going to be a part of life for the foreseeable future. That’s the overarching sentiment, at least for the time being. Though its effects seem to be waning, in no small part due to control measures having been put in place with mitigating responses like masking, vaxxing, distancing, … Read more