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Alternative Earth Day Event

by jim on April 17, 2018

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Downwinders is very lucky to have Dallas media lab The Virtual Wild and its artist-owner artist Jay Rutherford creating a special video display of the data we’ve collected with our new portable PM monitors for this year’s Earth Day X @Fair Park. Using a large 72- inch video monitor as his palette, Jay is painting with light and code […]

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Donate Here.   Yesterday, the Dallas City Council voted 9 to 5 to deny approval of two new concrete batch plants in the Joppa neighborhood, a part of South Dallas already surrounded by heavy industry. Among other things, the vote proved what a powerful new tool our new portable Particulate Matter monitors can be to citizens. […]

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On Wednesday the Dallas City Council ill vote on whether to allow TWO new concrete bath plants in the tiny former freedman’s community of Joppa. Already surrounded by heavy industry and a rail yard, these plants are opposed by the majority of Joppa residents, as well as their city council representative. Yet, it could be […]

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In Memory of Those That Showed-Up

by jim on March 25, 2018

Harriet Irby and Ann Trenton were not exactly local social activist celebrities, but they were well-known among the circle of more or less full-time environmental volunteers and organizers in Tarrant County and thereabouts. Both Harriet and Ann were based out of Arlington, and were incredibly civic-minded, but that’s not what they had most in common, […]

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by jim on March 25, 2018

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Meet Our New Scientist

by jim on March 11, 2018

Downwinders is proud to announce UNT’s own Dr. Tate Barrett as our new PM Science Director. Dr. Barrett will be coordinating all of our PM sampling in the field using our portable monitors. That includes helping to identify potential targets, training citizens on how to use the monitors, and distilling the results into citizen-friendly summaries. […]

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Downwinders at Risk’s PM Committee wasted no time in taking our new portable Particulate Matter  monitors out in the field. Less than two weeks after their arrival from New Zealand, Misti O’Quinn, Evelyn Mayo, Mandy Poland, Shannon Gribble and Cresanda Allen were using the devices to measure PM levels at DART bus stops and DART […]

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by jim on March 11, 2018

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Thanks to a grant from the Simmons Sisters Foundation, Downwinders is proud to announce we’ve purchased our first two portable Particulate Matter sensors for our No Safe Level Campaign against PM pollution. They’ll be the only PM monitors of their kind in the region, and their arrival will inaugurate a new era in DFW citizen-empowered science. […]

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And BuzziUnicemUSA wants the City’s permission to build a new 170-foot tall silo to store it in   Just when you thought you had a handle on the environmental hazards plaguing West Dallas, up pops another out of left field. Lead, sure. Asbestos, check. Benzene too. Arsenic, yes. But you might not expect rail cars […]

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Thanks Governor: An MLK Day Special Posting

by jim on January 15, 2018

It was a night that might’ve even made atheists Believe. Answering the impromptu call to action, the weary had come to sit in the pews at the community church. At issue this time was the appearance of their white Governor cynically using elements of the local minority establishment to deflect attention from his racist record. […]

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The Texification of the EPA

by jim on November 13, 2017

In the last year one thing the Trump Administration has done well is transplant the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ’s) approach to its job to the EPA. Up until the last month or so that mimicking was in spirit only for the most part. But with two high-profile appointments, Trumps’ EPA has imported the […]

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Burning Plastic Campaign Gets “Stuff”ed

by jim on October 16, 2017

Say NO to Dirty #Energy Bag Dow Chemical and Keep America Beautiful’s latest greenwashing scheme burns #plastic in a cement kiln and calls it “recycling.” We need reduction, not combustion! Take action NOW: bit.ly/dirtyenergybagDirty #energybag #breakfreefromplastic Video courtesy of The Story of Stuff Project Posted by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) on Thursday, October […]

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Brown, Big: 1971-2018

by jim on October 15, 2017

After years of declining fiscal health, the Big Brown lignite coal plant finally succumbed last Friday.  An announcement was made by its most recent caretaker, Vistra Energy last Friday morning. The cause of death was obsolescence. It was 47. Controversial from its birth, the 1. 2 Gigawatt Big Brown lived up to its name and was Texas […]

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“Maternal exposure to ambient air pollution and fetal growth” Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, August 2017  Scientists studied maternal exposure to ambient concentrations of PM10, PM2.5 and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) for in utero fetal growth, size at birth and effect modification by smoking status. “Dirty air can lead to women giving birth to smaller babies ,according to new research which also warns that exposure […]

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