Earth Day 2018: Air, airways, lungs, etc. no places for pollution

It’s a known fact the pollution continually being poured into our atmosphere is detrimental to health and wellbeing when breathed in. The fact of the matter is, as reported in The Guardian newspaper recently, in the world, greater than 9.5 in 10 people are exposed to unhealthy air, a thorough air-pollution study has found. Put … Read more

When is it ever okay for cars, industries, etc. to pollute air (as they do)?

It is impossible to not air-pollute. Think about it. How would it be possible to have even some of the things that life offers without the polluting of our air? It wouldn’t be. But, the key is, if pollution cannot be completely avoided, then there should be as little pollution as possible. And, hence the reason … Read more

U-turn: Our driving profile, on taking the eco-smart road and what that will take

Americans are driving more than ever before. And, in the United States, because of all the “stop-and-go” or “stopped-in-traffic” driving, drivers are delayed an average of 44 hours annually. Non-eco-friendly driving in addition to any delay associated with such, contribute both to poor air quality and human health degradation. Yes, it’s true that driving has … Read more

Motor vehicle development could see radical change – how air’s likely to change, too

By now, you’ve seen the ubiquitous, yes, ubiquitous images, scenes, photos of smoke billowing from industrial stacks; strings, lines, queues of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles so concentrated, freeways and surface streets appearing parking-lot like; and smog so thick, at first glance, what’s in the air actually looks like fog. As to the point in the middle … Read more

Should fine-particle filters required on some near-freeway homes become standard?

More than seven months ago, I posted: “New L.A. freeway-adjacent homes getting air filtration as way to reduce indoor particles.” The post dealt with homes along Los Angeles, California-located freeways getting home particulate filters installed to filter out fine particulate matter from indoor air. Though, this applies only to new homes situated within 1,000 feet … Read more

Stronger together: On increased air-pollution awareness and improved quality of life

The good news is: not all news is bad. To help lend credence, the quality of air here at home, has, in recent times in many a situation, markedly improved. The case of acid rain To put the matter in context, poor air quality in our major commerce centers didn’t just crop up on its … Read more

With growing transportation emissions should be ever more growing concern

Since the days when smog first made its presence felt and known, to a good many, air pollution awareness has done nothing but evolve; it’s been growing in the public’s consciousness, in other words. Moreover, in 1943, a year when major episodes of smog plagued the city of Los Angeles, there was no way for residents to … Read more

T & C: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 8: Education the common denominator

Breath of life: Air. Contemplative point 6: On our being aware, the common denominator education is what gets us there. Education: A must! Fact: Today, 50 percent of the world’s human inhabitants live in cities. By the mid-century mark, the figure is expected to grow to two-thirds or 67 percent. Living in the world today … Read more

T & C: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 5: Re air/personal health, WHO cares and we should too

In “Smog more than an eyesore – it’s a wake-up call,” a Nov. 5, 2012 post on the Air Quality Matters blog, in citing a letter writer in The Fresno Bee, I wrote: “Nancy Ellis in her May 30, 2009 ‘Make a choice to help clean our air by cycling’ Fresno Bee letter couldn’t have … Read more

‘Caustic air with a dab of gray’

You’ve all heard the expression: “Everything in moderation.” Actually, no. If we’re talking consumption, exercise, spending, then yes. As for air pollution I don’t think so! Zip, zilch, zero. No pollutant, regardless of size. In my book, just one person exposed to unhealthful airborne filth is one too many. Air pollution: It’s a problem and it’s … Read more