Going the distance: As to pollution’s ‘hitching a ride’ on locomotive air, implications

Air pollution isn’t motionless – it moves. And, currents of air (wind), is what enables its movement. The occurrence can alternatively be called air pollution locomotion, the word “locomotion” meaning place-to-place moving. Depending on conditions present, pollution in the air can travel thousands of miles from where it is sourced. There is conclusive evidence that … Read more

Bad-air tales: It is my experience …

Actor, comedian, pianist and singer Jimmy Durante once said: “I got a million of ’em.” He was no doubt referring to “experiences.” I make reference to the above for the simple reason that experience is invaluable. A lot of experience is gained through direct observation via the eyes. More of it is acquired through sound … Read more

As to what ‘smog’ is, really, record should be set straight

“Random House Webster’s College Dictionary” defines “smog”1 as follows: “smoke or other atmospheric pollutant combined with fog in an unhealthy or irritating mixture.” As originally conceived? I’ll accept that. Oh, and as for ozone? Webster defines “ozone”2 as (are you ready for this?): “1. a form of oxygen, O3, produced when an electric spark or … Read more

Asserting deadly air as non-deadly is to, flat out, be ignorant of the facts

Incidents: According to the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board, in Belgium’s, Meuse Valley in 1930, pollution emitted into the air from industrial sources left 60 people dead with thousands sickened due to exposure to such. Also via the same source, in 1948, in the United States in Donora, Pennsylvania an uncontrolled industrial release … Read more

On air-cleanup matters, the North has thing or two to offer South, Central Valley

When I read in the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s “Valley Air District Helps Fund Development and Demonstration of Zero-Emissions Transport Refrigeration Unit” Oct. 11, 2017 news release the statement “[The] TAP [Technology Advancement Program] supports technology development in critical areas which will assist the San Joaquin Valley in meeting stringent air quality … Read more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan dead or are better days ahead?

On Jun. 5, 2014 I penned the “EPA has plan to lower emissions, raise energy efficiency, save money” post. In this I wrote: “In its news release, titled: ‘EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants/Clean Power Plan is flexible proposal to ensure a healthier environment, spur innovation and strengthen the economy,’ the … Read more

How so simply solvable air-pollution elimination is … Yeah, but we must want to solve first

What we know from “436,000 Europeans yearly dying early from particulate matter alone: Air audit underway” that long-term exposure to fine particulate matter pollution kills roughly 436,000 Europeans a year sooner than what would have occurred had these people not succumbed from fine particulate matter’s effects. What I don’t understand is why in the European … Read more

436,000 Europeans yearly dying early from particulate matter alone: Air audit underway

In “America’s air: In a state of unhealthy repair?” posted on the Air Quality Matters blog on Aug. 31, 2013, the assertion, “… one finding of a more recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is that there is a total American air-pollution-related premature death rate of approximately 200,000 annually, …” was made. To repeat: that’s … Read more

Review: ‘Outside with Greg Aiello’: In 2 near/far places filmed, show crew can’t ditch smog

There is a new, locally-produced show in the Fresno area and it airs on the local Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliate. The show’s name is: Outside with Greg Aiello. Aiello hosted another television program called Motion and this one aired on one of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) networks. Through the magic of television, the … Read more