California adopts new recycling and composting law

According to information printed on a mailed City of Fresno, California distribution I received on Jan. 6, 2022 pertaining to (as best I could tell) residential waste recycling, American households produce in excess of, on average, one quarter more waste (by weight, presumably), between Thanksgiving and New Years, than what is presumably generated per residential … Read more

What’s up? Methane, carbon dioxide. That’s what’s up!

I tuned into the Public Broadcasting Service’s hour-long “Earth Emergency” documentary that aired Dec. 29, 2021 at 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and then a second time in an encore presentation rebroadcast the following afternoon at 2 p.m. All in all, the program was informative, easy-to-understand, practically all of it having to do with the … Read more

The lowdown on fugitive dust

Only rarely does dust ever completely break down or go away. However – and like with nearly all types of air pollution – it can be controlled. Indoors we usually go to great lengths to try to corral dust, relying on everything from cloths, filters, vacuum cleaners and wipes to dust pans and brooms and … Read more

Crossroads: Dealing with America’s supply-chain woes

The question is: As to the supply-chain crisis, why did we not see this coming well beforehand? In one such on-air report, one person interviewed regarding the time it took to off-load a container sitting on any of the legion of container ships apparently that have dropped anchor in the waters off the southern California … Read more

Air Quality Matters blog turns 9

Nov. 5, 2021 marks nine years of posting at the Air Quality Matters blog. Take it from me, the run has been both remarkable and amazing! The very first post titled “Smog more than an eyesore – it’s a wake-up call,” ran on Nov. 5, 2012. Wow, it’s hard to believe that that much time … Read more

Calif. HSR: Fast track to nowhere or platform for quality travel, better air?

Whereas other northern-hemispheric-located countries have embarked on high-speed-train journeys beginning with Japan in 1964, the United States is only now starting to get on board. Here in America, construction of the country’s first true high-speed passenger rail system officially broke ground in Fresno, California on Jan. 6, 2015 with physical construction actually going on a … Read more

Natural variation and the greenhouse effect on air

The evidence clearly shows the global mean temperature at the Earth’s surface is hotter by 1.1 degrees Celsius (1.9 degrees Fahrenheit) than it was during the dawn of the Industrial Age in the mid-1700s. Remember: Mean means average and during that 270 or so-year span, there have been temperature variations (up and down). Overall, however, … Read more

Amplified by human impacts: Climate change

In an effort to effectively deal with a changing climate, there is no question humans are making progress. Yet, at the same time in this global fight, anthropogenic forces are facing some strong headwinds. Many argue it’s a race against the clock. Experts have warned and are warning us that if we don’t head off … Read more

Climate change and other potentially ambiguous ideas

Disambiguation: In uncomplicated, easy-to-understated wording, disambiguate means to make clear. Like most, I was once schooled on matters of how to write, form a sentence, parts of sentences, punctuation, grammar and the like. Without proper context or a proper frame of reference in this regard, things can get fairly confusing, fairly quickly as I discovered … Read more