Attention all global-warming deniers: When in doubt, remember Murphy

For Newton, his thing was gravity. Oh, and Einstein, relativity. Well, Murphy, he has a law too and it goes something like this: “Whatever can go wrong, will.” Back to this in a moment. But first. If you’re interested in/concerned about air quality matters, then you’ve probably also been closely following anything and everything global … Read more

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

Earthmoving: Balto.-to-D.C. Hyperloop tunnel would be world’s longest

Yes, it’s true: Tunneling for a future Hyperloop between the City of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to commence. Or, so it would seem. It would be the world’s longest (tunnel) at around 45 miles. Indeed, earthmoving. Relatedly, after reading Michael Laris’ Oct. 19th Washington Post article “Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop will launch digging in … 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

Fresno’s Fulton Corridor: A street named ‘Inspire’?

If main drag Blackstone Avenue is variously known as Fresno, California’s “boulevard of dreams,” once the Fulton Corridor for six blocks between Tuolumne and Inyo streets reopens as Fulton Street, will it become variously known as the street named “Inspire”? For you see, on Oct. 21, 2017, on this section of the road for more … 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