Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 – Update: ‘Air Quality Around the World’

Well, here it is May 3, 2019, day number five, the final day of the five-day Air Quality Awareness Week of 2019 and what I want to convey is this: All of the ground that was covered in this “Air Quality Awareness Week 2019” series could be expanded to more broadly apply to what is … Read more

Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 – Update: ‘Air Pollution & Your Community’

The Great Recession demonstrated just what cities were made of, i.e., what kind of mettle each of our communities had. From what I remember, it was pretty much a case of every community for itself. In terms of their coming through the ordeal, they either got it right, full recovery being a foregone conclusion or … Read more

Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 – Update: ‘Air Quality Index & Sensors’

Air is either healthy to breathe or it isn’t. Within the “isn’t” designation, based on U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI) information, there is the “Moderate” category (AQI of between 51 and 100), the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” reading (101-150), the “Unhealthy” classification (151-200), the “Very Unhealthy” declaration (201-300) and the “Hazardous” level (301 and above). … Read more

Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 – Update: ‘Your Heart & Lungs’ and ‘Wildfires & Smoke’

For Air Quality Awareness Week 2019, besides the theme itself, which is, “Check the Air Quality Index & Get Outside,” each day, Monday through Friday, has a particular focus. Yesterday’s (Apr. 29, 2019) focus was Your Heart & Lungs while today’s (Apr. 30, 2019) is Wildfires & Smoke. These are two very important topics. Starting … Read more

More than 4-in-10 Americans live with unhealthy air; 8 cities suffered most polluted air ever recorded

The below Apr. 24, 2019 press release is from the American Lung Association. The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report finds that an increasing number of Americans—more than 4 in 10—lived with unhealthy air quality, placing their health and lives at risk. The 20th annual air quality “report card” found that 141.1 … Read more

Falling levels of air pollution drove decline in California’s tule fog

The below Apr. 10, 2019 press release is from University of California at Berkeley. The Central Valley’s heavy wintertime tule fog – known for snarling traffic and closing schools — has been on the decline over the past 30 years, and falling levels of air pollution are the cause, says a new study by scientists … Read more

San Joaquin Valley air quality explained – by the numbers

According to information in an Apr. 11, 2019 press release, the American Lung Association is soon to publicly release its much anticipated 2019 State of the Air report that, presumably, will once again confirm what many already know: that California’s San Joaquin Valley has America’s worst air quality where fine particulate matter pollution is concerned … Read more

Making more than a dent market penetration-wise: Electric buses

Buses are on the move … again. Though driving the revolution this time is electricity, not diesel fuel. That’s the difference. In Shenzen in China, as a matter of fact, the bus fleet is wholly electric, according to Clean Energy Canada in a press release issued on Mar. 21, 2019. And, just how many electric … Read more

Carbon-capture technology: An effective means to control climate?

Giant fans put in position, the flow of air through which would allow for the separating out of carbon from it. That carbon, in turn, through a number of intermediate processes, steps, to be converted into fuel for use in aircraft, automobiles, ocean-going vessels and trucks. An absurd notion? Apparently not. In a New York … Read more

A missed opportunity light rail and/or streetcar transit need not be

I think it’s silly: There are people who get all worked up over the mention of light rail and/or streetcar transit. What appears to get their gooses more than anything else is the thought of unsightly overhead catenary wire (the electrical distribution system for powering such networks – hint: there are some that operate catenary-free … Read more