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

Terms and conditions: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 2: In excess – Sprawl

Suburbanization: One of the most successful growth and development schemes going; that is, until it wasn’t anymore. It has overstepped its bounds – literally! Greg Dierkers, Erin Silsbe, Shayna Stott, Steve Winkelman and Mac Wubben of the Center for Clean Air Policy in “CCAP Transportation Emissions Guidebook – Part One: Land Use, Transit & Travel … Read more

The quintessential air quality public engagement apparatus – the PSA

Well, it’s 2018, a new year and I’m looking at the newest edition of the American Lung Association’s “Breathtaking Views 2017-2018 Clean Air Calendar.” A highlight (and I would expect nothing less): not a single photo throughout showing polluted air. Moreover, in the photo accompanying the month of April, which, incidentally, is of Holmdel Park, … Read more

The ridiculously resilient ridge is back

Have you heard? The ridiculously resilient ridge of high pressure is back. We’re talking over the U.S. west. It’s been parked here for quite a while. It’s a familiar refrain. Regarding the characteristic dry spell and unseasonably warm temperatures, as is usual, tied to this high-pressure center is stagnant air in California’s Central Valley and, … Read more

Conventional roadwork can’t hold a candle to constructing Cal. high-speed rail

With reference to California high-speed-rail- versus typical road-work, there really is no comparison. The difference, to put it succinctly, is like night and day. So, what makes the former so different? What makes California-high-speed-rail-construction stand alone is the cleanliness or should I say “air-friendliness” of related operations. The building of the California high-speed rail system … Read more

Lowering emissions from transportation now more important than ever

For almost 40 years U.S. transportation held the No. 2 spot. In 2016, this sector moved to the top in emissions output, outstripping energy for the first time since 1978. There are two reasons and two reasons only for the reversal: 1) transportation emissions increased; and 2) energy emissions fell. It’s that simple. The good … Read more

Merced, California air quality: Getting better, worse or staying the same?

So check out this headline: “Air quality in Merced County is getting worse. Officials say it might be your fault.” The headline with accompanying article was published in the Dec. 12, 2017, edition of the Merced Sun Star newspaper. Wow. This one sure caught my eye! So, what was meant, exactly, by Merced County air … Read more

2017: A doozy of a year. One for the record books. Unprecedented. Yeah, that.

It is the middle of December, already. 2018 is just around the corner. Can you believe it?! For some of what transpired this year really the roots can be traced back to last. It began in earnest in August, on Aug. 16, 2016 to be exact, with the announcement made by the U.S. Environmental Protection … Read more