Air Pollution is #1 Health Risk. Also, the Surprising Benefits of Taking Cars off Our City Streets

 World Economic ForumOct. 29, 2019 By Marcela Guerrero Casas A future in which everyone travels in driverless flying cars may still dominate the popular imagination, particularly when it comes to media and marketing hype. But if we are to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on sustainable cities and communities, a more revolutionary (albeit more low-tech) picture will unfold, in which …

Mapping and measuring hyperlocal air pollution to drive clean air action: A roadmap to cleaner air and healthier communities

Guide published October 2019 Communities around the world continue to struggle with the health impacts of local air pollution. But because pollution is hard to see, it’s often hard for local leaders to target sources and develop effective solutions. Environmental Defense Fund released Making the Invisible Visible: A guide for mapping hyperlocal air pollution to drive clean air action that provides advice …

Exposure to air pollution increases violent crime rates, study finds

2 Oct, 2019 By Anne Manning Breathing dirty air can make you sick. But according to new research, it can also make you more aggressive. That’s the conclusion from a set of studies recently authored by Colorado State University researchers in economics, atmospheric science and statistics. Together, the team found strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behavior, …

Surprise! AAA Survey Finds Large Vehicles Cost More To Own Than Small Vehicles. Also, how to visualize your emissions.

Front Range Cars Release 15 Million Tons of Carbon per Year. Here’s How to Visualize All of It — and Yours. Picture a cube measuring 27 feet on each side according to the United Nations. That’s roughly three stories high. In 2009, artists created the first “climate cube,” a life-size sculpture displayed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (video). The …

30% more local businesses than previously and a significant increase in the numbers of people making journeys on foot or cycling with Barcelona superblocks + lives saved

By Stephen Burgen in The Guardian 10 Sept 2019 Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its radical superblocks scheme to reduce traffic, a new report claims. A study carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 …

The Future of Public Health

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Article, Figures/Media, Metrics 50 References, 53 Citing Articles The field of public health aims to improve the health of as many people as possible as rapidly as possible. Since 1900, the average life span in the United States has increased by more than 30 years; 25 years of this gain have been attributed to public health advances.1,2 Globally, …

An Increasingly Urbanized Latin America Turns to Electric Buses

From Colombia to Argentina, major cities in Latin America are starting to adopt electric bus fleets. In a region with the highest use of buses per person globally, officials believe the transition will help meet climate targets, cut fuel costs, and improve air quality. BY MARIA GALLUCCI • SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 In Medellín, Colombia, passengers cram aboard a battery-powered bus during the morning commute. Inside, the …

Serious nonattainment in Denver

If you’ve ever gone hiking on the Front Range or driven from the mountains towards the plains, you’ve seen the brown haze that hangs over Denver, Golden, Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland and everywhere in between.  This area is in violation of national air quality standards for ozone air pollution. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, the …

Living Near Busy Roads or Traffic Pollution Impacts Kids, Developing Babies, Pregnant Women, and all who breathe: USC references

USC Environmental Health Centers, Youth from across Los Angeles gather for LA Youth for Environmental Justice Forum References: Living Near Busy Roads or Traffic Pollution Please note: in the following citations, authors whose names are shown in red are/were scientists with, or are/were otherwise affiliated with, our Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center or Children’s Environmental Health Center at USC at the time of …