Luftverschmutzung - Air Pollution

11
Mrz
2005

Victory on the Environment

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works gave a great victory to those of us concerned with cleaner air and water. A coalition of Democratic, Independent and Republican Senators said no to the proposed "Clear Skies Initiative," a deceptively named bill that would have weakened the Clean Air Act.

The Clean Air Act has helped the U.S. enjoy healthier, more breathable air for over 30 years. Nonetheless, the power industry, and its allies in the Bush administration and in the Senate, wanted more. They wanted changes in the law that would delay crucial clean air regulations from coming into effect. Among the changes in law requested by industry were delays in lowering levels of mercury from our water, allowances for certain industries to "opt out" of pollution laws, and weakening regulations requiring power plant modernization.

But, fortunately for America, concern for the environment is not a partisan issue. Mercury has no party affiliation, and smog pollutes both "red" and "blue" states. Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) was pressured by every party official the Bush administration could muster, but he was willing to fight his own party in order to protect the environment. Committee chair James Inhofe (R-OK) offered Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) a variance that would benefit Montana coal over coal coming from neighboring Wyoming, but Sen. Baucus understood the importance of clean air for all Americans. Independent, and former Republican, James Jeffords (I-VT) ensured that the coalition could not be fractured.

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those Senators who stood with us. But, more than anything else, we should take this moment to pat ourselves on the back. 20/20 Vision members with Senators on the committee contacted their Senators to remind them that we care about the environment. We reached out to our legislators with every tool of activism at our disposal. From personal phone calls to letters to the editors of our local newspapers to e-mail to demonstrations, we ensured that our message was heard.

And we will continue to do it. At 20/20 Vision, we understand that partisan noise and bickering don't lead to results. Results come from working with everyone, on every side of the political fences to find common ground in common sense. That commitment will be crucially important as we work to promote our agenda of peace and environmental awareness.

So let's take a few moments to bask in our success. Then, let's get ready for more victories as we continue to work for a cleaner, safer world. Working together, we can ensure that this will be the first of many victories this year!

4
Feb
2005

Global Extinction?

Currently the oxygen content in the atmosphere on world average is 20.9%. This is a pet inquiry of mine and a friend who is an environmental technician in the tropics. What we are finding out the oxygen levels are not being published. We will always see the CO2 content but never the oxygen content. Indications from ice boring and is depending on which research; the oxygen content either 100 years ago or 400 years ago was 38%. The percent level where animals begin to degrade is 13% and under 6% we can not live. Oxygen content for many regions vary between 12% to 18%. Certain cities the content levels can be dangerously low. From a very reliable resource two days ago stated, areas in Japan the oxygen level was 6%.

It's difficult to imagine but we're running out of air to breathe. The areas in the world where the oxygen contents are under 13% must be having a severe effect on peoples health and child development.

I believe the hazard guess is probably accurate. But the oceans are dying..... we are seeing more and more dead zones and fish dying off in schools, especially in the tropics.


cobra

17
Jan
2005

3
Jan
2005

Ambient Air Pollution : Health Hazards to Children

With thanks to Teresa Binstock

Ambient Air Pollution: Health Hazards to Children

PEDIATRICS Vol. 114 No. 6 December 2004, pp. 1699-1707 (doi:10.1542/peds.2004-2166)

Ambient (outdoor) air pollution is now recognized as an important problem, both nationally and worldwide. Our scientific understanding of the spectrum of health effects of air pollution has increased, and numerous studies are finding important health effects from air pollution at levels once considered safe. Children and infants are among the most susceptible to many of the air pollutants. In addition to associations between air pollution and respiratory symptoms, asthma exacerbations, and asthma hospitalizations, recent studies have found links between air pollution and preterm birth, infant mortality, deficits in lung growth, and possibly, development of asthma. This policy statement summarizes the recent literature linking ambient air pollution to adverse health outcomes in children and includes a perspective on the current regulatory process. The statement provides advice to pediatricians on how to integrate issues regarding air quality and health into patient education and children's environmental health advocacy and concludes with recommendations to the government on promotion of effective air-pollution policies to ensure protection of children's health.

Full article as html:
//pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/114/6/1699

Full article as PDF:
//pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/114/6/1699pdf

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Ab sofort Klagen gegen zu dreckige Luft möglich

EU-Grenzwerte verbindlich: Ab sofort Klagen gegen zu dreckige Luft möglich (03.01.05)

Der Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) und die Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) bereiten Klagen gegen verschiedene Städte und Gemeinden wegen zu dreckiger Luft vor. Mit dem Überschreiten der seit Jahresbeginn verbindlichen EU-Grenzwerte für feine Staubpartikel in vielen Kommunen werde sich der BUND nicht abfinden. In verschiedenen Städten, darunter in Berlin, würden derzeit Musterklagen von Anwohnern stark befahrener Straßen auf Einhaltung der Grenzwerte vorbereitet, die der BUND unterstützen wolle. Die Umweltschützer forderten mehr Anstrengungen zur Luftreinhaltung.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

//www.jpberlin.de/www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=10073

22
Nov
2004

Top Air Polluters in United States

'Misfortune 100' Identifies Top Air Polluters in United States
//www.truthout.org/docs_04/112204L.shtml

17
Nov
2004

Todesfälle in den Städten steigen mit den Ozonwerten

US-Agency überprüft zur Zeit Standards: Todesfälle in den Städten steigen mit den Ozonwerten (17.11.04)

Kurzfristige Anstiege in der Ozonimmission führen in Städten zu höheren Sterberaten. Zu diesem Ergebnis ist die größte je zu diesem Thema durchgeführte Studie der Yale University gekommen. Diese Untersuchung könnte einen wichtigen Einfluss auf zukünftige Entscheidungen in Hinblick auf die Ozonstandards haben. Die US Environmental Protection Agency überprüft derzeit ihre Standards für die maximalen täglichen Ozonwerte. Bodennahes Ozon wird zum Großteil durch den Menschen verursacht. Die Ozon-Gesamtmenge hat sich seit 1900 verdoppelt.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:
//www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php4?Nr=9761

28
Okt
2004

Pollution causing havoc in New Delhi

//www.terradaily.com/2004/041025114342.t6gp34nz.html


From: Greenpeace News-headlines Digest, Vol 18, Issue 22

7
Aug
2004

1
Jul
2004

Nearly 100 million in United States are breathing particulates, says EPA

Almost 100 million people in 21 U.S. states breathe unhealthy levels of tiny particles spewed by coal-burning power plants, cars, and factories, the Environmental Protection Agency said this week...

//www.enn.com/news/2004-07-01/s_25446.asp
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