Air Quality

CLICK HERE TO SEND A PREPARED EMAIL TO DALLAS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS URGING DALLAS JOIN THE NEW NORTH TEXAS CLEAN AIR MONITORING NETWORK Next Monday, September 24th, the Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life Committee will have a chance to take the City’s air quality tools into the 21st Century. Committee members will view a […]

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SATURDAY, SEPT 22 Session 1: 10:30 am -1 pm Session 2: 2pm to 5 pm Goodwork Co-Working Space 1808 South Good Latimer/Dallas   For the first time, Downwinders is offering members of the public the chance to learn how to take air quality samples with one of our Aeroqual Series 500 portable Particulate Matter monitors […]

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New Study Links PM Pollution to IQ Loss

by jim on September 6, 2018

Underscoring how important this month’s event are is a new study from China that concludes exposure to Particulate Matter air pollution erodes a person’s IQ, especially in older people. “Polluted air can cause everyone to reduce their level of education by one year, which is huge,” said Xi Chen at Yale School of Public Health […]

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This coming Monday’s Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee Meeting Concerning a New Air Monitoring Network is POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 24th. Word came late Monday (yesterday the 20th) that City Budget resolutions tied to deadlines for budget submissions forced air monitoring off the agenda for the Committee’s August 27th meeting. We’ve been assured that […]

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Last month we requested the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality files concerning air quality monitoring going back a few years. We wanted to know more about how City staff chose the Texas Nature Conservancy’s “Breathe Easy” study as its first air monitoring project through a process of…well, there wasn’t exactly a process was […]

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A new study published last month in The Lancet is the best evidence yet that besides causing and irritating asthma, heart attacks, strokes, dementia and autism, PM pollution can also trigger diabetes. Using new statistical tools, it estimated that American air pollution caused 150,000 new cases of diabetes in 2016 alone. Worldwide, 8.2 million years […]

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MONDAY, AUGUST 27th 9 AM ROOM 6ES DALLAS CITY HALL CITY COUNCIL QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE HEARING ON DALLAS JOINING A NEW REGIONAL AIR NETWORK ______________________________________________ Over the last two years, as members of the DFW Air Research Consortium have promoted the idea of a dense grid of low-cost, high-tech air sensors spread across North […]

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With months of  “ozone season” still to come, 2018 is already one of the worst years of DFW smog pollution this decade. As of August 9th, six out of the 20 North Texas ozone pollution monitors have registered at least four days when the average concentrations of smog were 80 parts per billion or higher […]

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THE CLEAN AIR FUND THAT TIME FORGOT

by jim on July 9, 2018

Over a decade ago $500,000 was collected from North Texas local governments to protect Texas air. It’s been sitting in a bank account ever since. Until recently, not too many people even knew it existed. Now, citizens want to use a part of it to build a world-class 21st-Century air monitoring network for DFW.  __________________________________________ In […]

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WE NEED YOU TO SPEAK OUT…. FOR CLEAN AIR!…. FOR PUBLIC HEALTH!…. FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE!….. FOR SCIENCE! MONDAY, AUGUST 27th 9 AM ROOM   6 ES DALLAS CITY HALL 1500 MARILLA  DALLAS CITY COUNCIL QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING: Should Dallas join Dallas County and Plano in establishing a new regional air quality monitoring network […]

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After a few technological hiccups, the state’s first permanent smog monitor built and operated by a citizens’ group is up and running in rural Southeast Wise County. And by the looks of this summer’s ozone season, just in the nick of time. Conceived, designed, and supervised entirely by environmental scientist and UNT doctoral candidate Kari Northeim on behalf of Downwinders, […]

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The early start to 100° + days in DFW this spring has meant an early start to high smog levels as well. Although it’s not even summer yet, five official EPA ozone monitoring sites in North Texas have already recorded “4th highest” 8-hour ozone averages that put DFW above the 70 parts per billion federal standard […]

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The Top Five Reasons You Should Attend the May 22nd Benefit for Joppa 1) This benefit will fund a citizen-run air quality monitoring network in Joppa that can be up and running in months.  We don’t need the EPA to do anything to win a big environmental victory right now. Or the State. Or even […]

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Click Here for Tickets and Sponsorship Joppa is one of Dallas’ most intact Freedman’s Township. One of only three left. It was founded by slaves liberated from the near-by Miller plantation on the banks of the Trinity River. Descendants of those slaves still own homes in Joppa.  But over the last century it’s been surrounded by heavy industry and tons of air pollution. EPA’s […]

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Thanks to Downwinders supporters and the Dallas Sierra Club that pitched in a whopping $1000, we raised the $1600 needed to buy Joppa residents their own full time Aeroqual Particulate Matter monitor. Now comes the hard part in deciding where to put it. Downwinders and Joppa residents are schedule to meet to discuss the location of the monitor […]

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HOW TO TURN THIS: INTO THIS: Dallas County finalizes documents for founding a regional air quality monitoring network among local governments – will your city, county, school or hospital district vote to join?    In the same week that Downwinders at Risk and the Dallas Sierra Club raised enough money to buy a full-time stationary Particulate Matter […]

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