air quality

Air Pollution 101 (infographic)

Did you know that a literally breathtaking 90% of all cancer risks associated with air pollution originate from human transportation? Or that bumper-to-bumper traffic makes the air inside your car 10 times as polluted as ordinary city air? To illustrate the health effects of indoor and outdoor air quality degredation, has come up with

National Climate Assessment Pulls No Punches About US Options

(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian

Breathe Deep

Not. Thanks to blogger for this wonderful piece of smog humor! Breathe deep….

Runaway Oil Train Causes Deadly Explosion In Eastern Quebec

At about 1:15 Saturday morning, a 72-freightcar train carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale development, bound for Irving Oil’s plant in Saint John, New Brunswick, slipped its brakes in the eastern Quebec town of Nantes. The train’s only human passenger — the engineer — had checked into a nearby hotel. Driverless and continually

OzoneMap Delivers Real-Time Air Quality Information on your Smart Phone

Monitoring our health is becoming easier and easier as the days go by and the smart-phone apps multiply. Some are probably to our detriment, convincing us we’ve all of a sudden contracted lupus, but there are those that are genuinely beneficial. One such might be ‘OzoneMap‘ which has recently been released to “Houstonians” and is

Need Some Paint, Flooring, or Countertops? Go Green (for Your Health)

Earth Day may be over for some people, but Earth Day is everyday here on Planetsave (of course). This article is focused on a few products that were pitched to me for an Earth Day post — I ended up going a different route for Earth Day, reflecting on Earth Day and green living rather than writing about green products, as I think that’s more what Earth Day is about. But these are some good-looking products that I think deserve a little attention.

EPA to Reconsider Monitoring Requirements for Airborne Lead

Lead is a metal found in the earth’s crust. However, due to human activity such as mining, burning fossil fuels and manufacturing, it has become more widespread. Lead is also toxic. Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body over time. At very high levels lead can be fatal; but even in small amounts it can cause serious health problems, particularly in children under the age of 6 who can develop mental and physical impairments.

Funding for Virginia's Air Inspector Force Evaporates

Virginia will cut its air pollution inspectors by more than 20% due to a budget shortfall. The Department of  Environmental Quality reported that 14 of the 54 inspector positions had been eliminated as part of Governor Timothy Kaine’s proposed $12 million in cuts to the state secretary of natural resources. “If [polluters] are out of

New York City Rolls Out Comprehensive Air Quality Monitoring Program

Thanks to a new program, New Yorkers will now have yet another way to compare the relative prestige of where they live within the city: air quality. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recently initiated what will be the city’s most comprehensive air quality monitoring effort to date. Rather than monitor air quality

Canadian Court: OK to Sue Smelly (Yet Legal) Polluters

The Quebec Supreme Court decided Thursday to allow for lawsuits against companies emitting particularly odorous pollution can be sued even if the emissions are under the legal limit. The ruling stemmed from a 1994 class action lawsuit covering 2,000 people near Quebec City who complained about the dust and smell of a local cement plant

Palin Tells Schwarzenegger to Veto Bill Aimed at Port Pollution

Just a day before being picked as the GOP vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote a letter to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urging him to shoot down a groundbreaking pollution-reduction effort aimed at cargo containers: she asked the Governator not to sign a bill that would impose heavy fees on ships entering the ports

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