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

T & C: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 4: Housing, business and the economy

City planner Jeff Speck in his book Walkable Cities: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time makes clear the point that in the United States the air pollution dynamic has shifted. Rather than the bulk of America’s smog-forming pollution coming from industry, it is now sourced mainly from vehicle exhaust.1 How this … 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

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

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

So, what if heavy-duty diesel-truck-emissions standards are relaxed after all? – 2

So, what if emissions- and fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty diesel trucks are circumvented and more and more high-polluting glider trucks are allowed on America’s roads? First, to recap, from the “Why EPA proposal to put high-polluting diesel trucks back on American roadways is a bad move” post (Part 1), a “glider” truck is: “one where … Read more

Why EPA proposal to put high-polluting diesel trucks back on American roadways is a bad move

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again in the spotlight, this time by its proposing to allow high-polluting diesel “glider” trucks to operate on America’s roads. A glider truck is one where an older, high-polluting engine is attached to a new chassis and the entire package is then sold as new. There are … Read more

Lawn, related equipment-emissions output could outstrip light-duty vehicles’ in So Cal if …

In California, the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) refers to lawn mowers, garden and other outdoor power equipment equipped with spark-ignition engines as “small off-road engines,” the acronym being SORE. For the record, the power rating of such is limited to 25 horsepower max. Now, add to this that in the Golden … Read more