In downtowns, a wealth of solutions in reducing pollution

So, let’s begin this journey with something as basic as one-way streets. With one-way streets, the entire roadway width, besides eliminating opposite-direction travel on part of the street, same-direction (or current-of-traffic) vehicle movement enables same-direction parking on both sides of the street. Such a provision can make locating a parking space somewhat less encumbered and … Read more

Earth, the Mothership, in distress and in desperation, sends an SOS

I have heard at least once if not more times that July 2018 is California’s hottest month ever recorded. 124 years ago, it should be noted, is when such temperature-data recordkeeping first began. On Saturday, a friend in Bakersfield texted that the Air Quality Index there had reached an unhealthy (for everyone) 151. Ozone was … Read more

Yes, some (but not all) Bay Area air pollution translocates to the Valley

I have heard that the windiest spot in California, maybe up and down America’s entire west coast, is at Point Reyes, located north of the City by the Bay – San Francisco. Been there, seen that. Altamont Pass is another windswept Golden State fixture, and, yet another, the Palm Desert region of the south state. … Read more

The finite and precious resource – air

Stepping outside the other evening I bore witness to an anomaly. Never before in my life had I seen anything like it: A red-colored ball on the western horizon. It was a celestial scene, the kind seen both in silver screen productions and television programs and presentations from the likes of your Gene Roddenbury’s and … Read more

What wildfire smoke and ozone have in common: NOx

The heat is on in many parts of the northern hemisphere. And, that, in places, means ozone buildup in air. California’s San Joaquin Valley being one such place. With the many wildfires burning in the western U.S., what if any affect could this be having on localized ground-level ozone? Soot from the fires, you should … Read more

New report stresses need to further limit soot, smog, climate pollution in America’s air

Right around this time last year, I put up the “Need to further reduce smog, soot, world-warming pollution in new report emphasized” post. Not good was the air-quality picture in the U.S. then. So, some of what I had conveyed in writing supporting that premise at that time was: “According to Environment America, people in … Read more

75 years of L.A. smog. That’s more than enough, you would think

Imagine a city, any city, having to contend with smog for three-quarters of a century. Seventy-five years; that’s a lifetime! Recognizing Los Angeles’ 75-year battle with smog is what this thread is about. How it happened On July 8, 1943, Los Angeles smog was born. The smog was so thick, in fact, that area visibility … Read more

Public transit in the bigger mobility context: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

One of the reasons I so enjoy watching travel-type shows is because on the preferred ones watched, water, rail and roadway travel all get equal billing. Imagine if that was the norm, I mean, regarding everyday travel. That would be great! Now, the method relied on most heavily, of course, is the last – roadway … Read more

What turning 1 California into 3, could, (and most likely) would mean for air

What would happen to California air, should state voters in November – that is, after which, if backed by the state legislature, federal government and possibly the court(s) if need be – decide that it is okay to split the state in three? If this happens, not only what would emerge would be three new … Read more