Growing Air Quality Awareness

Take a deep breath – dive into our new site.

We’re long term advocates of air quality issues with a new orientation. Although our focus started with beach bonfires, there’s a lot more to talk about, hence this new site.

As we’ve advocated for local issues we’ve become aware of the growing international efforts, in some cases grassroots like ourselves, that work to influence public opinion on the quality of the air we breathe. We’ve made friends with like-minded folks in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Canada and in cities and towns across the U.S. – in the process we’ve learned to be better communicators. At the same time we’ve learned the subtleties of different advocacy groups’ emphasis. As we begin anew here we plan to share this bigger story on the issues that stand in the way of breathing clean air.

 

New Studies

One thing air quality advocates have going in their favor – there’s a constant drumbeat of new stories and studies entering the spotlight. Hardly a week goes by without news of a research conclusion. Sharing these details with a wide audience helps us all as we work to influence public opinion.

Clean air, but at what cost? This week as the Supreme Court heard arguments that will either curtail or unleash the EPA’s ability to regulate mercury in coal emissions.

The LA Times reports on a new study, “Air pollution takes a double toll on babies’ brains.”

… physical changes in the brain’s internal wiring also were correlated with slower cognitive processing and with symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity

OkotoksWho wouldn’t like this new proposal? Okotoks, Alberta is considering idle-free zones:

It’s obviously a huge concern especially at schools, children are the most impacted by particulate matter out of vehicle exhaust and because they’re smaller they’re a lot closer to tail pipes and when you’re getting large amounts of vehicles idling in one location it has a compounded effect.

Prius can do it – shutting off the car engine when stopped – Porsche, too, so as we wait for other manufacturers to catch up this bylaw sounds like a great way to increase awareness.

 

Tourism Will Suffer

Paris is looking like Beijing as it suffers through a bad month of air pollution, “Paris chokes on pollution“.

On Wednesday, when the air was at its worst, a toxic, choking haze masked the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower. Along the city’s grand boulevards, the Champs Elysées and the famous squares — Bastille, Opera, Republique, Nation — pedestrians could smell and taste the smog.