SAPS: In/from farming, effective crop nutrient, water delivery can mean better growing, better air

Number 8 in the Sustainable Agricultural Practices Series. When it comes to crop growing in general, by paying particularly close attention to detail to things like what soil nutrients to use and how to, how often and when to apply, this plus determining the best way to deliver nutrients and water, can make all the … Read more

Stronger together: On increased air-pollution awareness and improved quality of life

The good news is: not all news is bad. To help lend credence, the quality of air here at home, has, in recent times in many a situation, markedly improved. The case of acid rain To put the matter in context, poor air quality in our major commerce centers didn’t just crop up on its … Read more

Electrified modes yield bigger air-quality benefit bang for buck

It would seem that the most efficient transport systems are the most expensive to build. So, there is an obvious trade-off. Operationally, the most efficient are also the most cost-effective or cost-efficient. That said, at the end of the day, from an operational standpoint, monetarily, the worth of the most cost-effective or efficient should be … Read more

Passive magnetic levitation: The future of land-based transport?

Oh how far we’ve come! So, what’s passive magnetic levitation or passive maglev, for short? First, some are referring to passive maglev as the fifth (or next) generation of land- or ground-based travel and transport. What makes this the fifth generation is the principle element of levitation. Be this as it may, more tweaking, refining … Read more

Researchers find extreme weather-events risk higher with unmet Paris Accord goals

Editor’s Note: The below comes from a Stanford University Feb. 14, 2018 press release. The individual commitments made by parties of the United Nations Paris Agreement are not enough to fulfill the agreement’s overall goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The difference between the U.N. goal … Read more

With growing transportation emissions should be ever more growing concern

Since the days when smog first made its presence felt and known, to a good many, air pollution awareness has done nothing but evolve; it’s been growing in the public’s consciousness, in other words. Moreover, in 1943, a year when major episodes of smog plagued the city of Los Angeles, there was no way for residents to … Read more

California appellate court issues split decision on proposed L.A.-port-based rail yard – now what?!

Back on Aug. 6, 2013 I composed the “Legal challenge to proposed southern California-based rail yard project launched” Air Quality Matters blog post in which I reported: “In southern California … I understand that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is proposing to build an expansive intermodal rail terminal that, if built, would sit on Port … Read more

Non-car commuting options winning over downtown Seattle workers in droves

So, what’s it like for a city’s downtown workers to forego the car and utilize other means in terms of satisfying or fulfilling duties? Just ask Seattle, Washington, the Pacific Northwest-located city. Commute Seattle in a 2014 “Downtown Seattle Commuter Trends” press release reported, “[m]ore people are commuting to Downtown Seattle than ever, but the … Read more

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 7: As to infrastructure – the shape we’re in

Editor’s note: The “Terms and conditions” series today continues with a discussion on Infrastructure. Environment, mobility, land use, economy, agriculture, health/healthcare, energy, waste and climate have all been covered so far. So, let’s get to it. Infrastructure: Infrastructure talk on the Air Quality Matters blog always has to do with the quality or condition of … Read more