Air quality in the United States has been worsening since 2016 and it’s killing people: What air pollution does to your body and brain

Air quality in the United States has been worsening since 2016 and it’s killing people. While air quality had been improving since 2009, the trend reversed in 2016. Nearly 10,000 premature deaths have been attributed to the mere increase alone, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. As of 2019, more than 141 million Americans live in places with …

Denver has the 4th worst air quality of large urban aras in the US

January 28, 2020, CBS Local, Denver https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/01/28/denver-brown-cloud-air-pollution/ Denver is ranking in the top five in the U.S. when it comes to poor air quality. That’s according to a new report from an auto insurance company that analyzed data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The report from buyautoinsurance.com found that the Denver metro area had an average of 274 days of moderate or …

Illegal Tampering by Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, E.P.A. Says

By Coral Davenport, Nov. 25, 2020 WASHINGTON — The owners and operators of more than half a million diesel pickup trucks have been illegally disabling their vehicles’ emissions control technology over the past decade, allowing excess emissions equivalent to 9 million extra trucks on the road, a new federal report has concluded. The practice, described in a report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s …

Electric School Bus Fleets Test the US V2G Proposition: Projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources

Coast-to-coast projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources. Electric school buses could be the “killer V2G app,” says Electric Highland Transportation CEO Duncan McIntyre. The idea is to replace the upfront and ongoing costs of EV buses and charging infrastructure with a fixed annual fee, equal to or less than a school district’s current budget for owning, fueling …

Population and car traffic are growing, oil and gas drillers set up more suburban operations, and summer wildfire smoke blows in from across the West. Sunlight cooks the emissions stew over the metro area and wedge the mix against the foothills.

The number of days where Colorado officials have called an “air quality action day,” meaning children and vulnerable populations are advised to avoid outdoor exertion, have risen from 18 in 2014 to 55 last year. ** Going along with fossil fuel dependent utilities and coal, oil and gas companies also mean shortened lives within Indigenous, Black, brown, and low-income communities, …

15% of global COVID-19 deaths could be linked to air pollution exposure

10-26-20 Fast Company, CORONAVIRUS: Air Pollution: This is the unseen factor pushing the COVID-19 death count even higher Even before the spread of COVID-19, scientists had declared we were in the midst of an air pollution pandemic, with bad air responsible for 8.8 million premature deaths every year. Now, researchers better understand how these two crises are converging. Across the world, …

Indoor air pollution with gas stoves

Gizmodo, Oct 2020 One recent report found that gas stoves spew out levels of air pollution inside that would be illegal under outdoor regulations. “It’s really a cocktail of emissions that they put out,” Brady Seals, senior associate of building electrification at the Rocky Mountain Institute who co-authored the study, said. “There’s the emissions from the gas itself, the main ones of which are …

Urban Noise Increases Risk of Alzheimers

Study finds that long-term exposure is linked to dementia By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, October 28, 2020 With the pandemic raging, many cities around the world have introduced “quiet streets” to reduce traffic and make safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists. However, there may be other benefits and other reasons to make them permanent; a recent study has found a correlation between long-term exposure …

2020 appointees to the Colorado AQCC

https://www.cpr.org/2020/08/18/colorado-air-quality-control-commission-climate-change-policy/ Over the next few months, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is scheduled to consider plans to meet ambitious goals to reduce Colorado’s contribution to climate change.  Only now the citizen panel will be missing some of its most vocal advocates for reducing emissions and improving air quality.  Last Friday evening, Gov. Jared Polis announced he had decided not to …