Particulate Matter

Today, the Peace Development Fund is using its national presence and contacts to help raise funding for Downwinders at Risk, under the banner of “Taking Back our Cities.” We’re being featured on their website all day. We’re one of only 13 groups chosen to receive this kind of attention from the Fund. The Fund liked […]

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PM Pollution and COVID

by jim on May 6, 2020

  The Massachusetts-based Peace Development Fund has chosen to spotlight the COVID-connected work of Downwinders at Risk and 12 other groups across the country this week in order to help raise funds for that work. As of late last night successfully met our original goal of $10,000. THANK YOU. So now we’re setting our sights […]

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TUESDAY GIVING DAY UPDATE: We’re over half-way to our goal of $10,000. Please help us get there today.   1. Today the Communities Foundation of Texas is sponsoring a special COVID crisis North Texas Giving Day for DFW non-profits. 2. The Peace Development Fund has chosen to spotlight the COVID-connected work of Downwinders and 12 […]

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COVID CONNECTIONS

by jim on May 4, 2020

Downwinders At Risk was already dedicated to fighting for environmental health in North Texas before the COVID virus hit. Focusing on harmful Particulate Matter, we were already supporting grassroots efforts to reduce the air pollution burdens in predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods. We were already building out local capacity to monitor DFW air pollution and […]

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A new regional air quality network bringing 21st Century science to some of Dallas’ most polluted neighborhoods had it’s official coming out party on December 5th in the former Freedman’s community of Joppa. A community meeting at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church sponsored by Downwinders at Risk in association with Paul Quinn College and Habitat […]

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After some technical and bureaucratic hitches, momentum is starting to build toward the 2020 operation of a true 21st Century DFW regional air quality monitoring network. A small army of University of Texas at Dallas graduate students are assembling over 100 solar-powered wireless air monitoring units to be dispersed throughout the metro area. A third […]

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  In Europe, LafargeHolcim is a multinational cement manufacturer based in Switzerland and France – two countries on the cutting edge of climate crisis planning and members of the progressive European Union. The Company portrays itself as a climate-conscientious corporate citizen, to the point of its Swiss CEO declaring the reduction of CO2 emissions as […]

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Increases Predicted in Air Pollution, including 100 more tons of PM a Year Holcim Cement’s Midlothian cement plant has requested a permit application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to release an additional 2700 tons per year of Carbon Monoxide and burn 100% Petroleum Coke in its Kiln #2. Holcim estimates these change will […]

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Thanks to two industrious board members, Downwinders at Risk has partnered with Dallas Independent School Districts’ Kids University in a six-week summer program to immerse middle school students in citizen science and air quality. Our “STEAM Ahead” series features approximately fourteen young researchers using Downwinders’ inventory of portable air quality monitors to collect data along […]

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Better Bus Stop Design Competition Finals This Saturday May 4th 6 – 9 pm Better Block Foundation HQ 700 West Davis Look, Judge, Vote. Every year the Dallas-based non-profit Better Block Foundation sponsors a design competition that challenges teams of engineers, architects, and creators to come up with more people-friendly ways for city residents to […]

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After being rebuffed by its own city council on the idea, Dallas Staff Goes to NCTCOG to promote autocratic regional air monitoring network You may remember that way back last September members of the Dallas City Council Quality of Life Committee approved a independent regional air network as laid out in a 20 minute presentation […]

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After a year of excuses, a determined group of women and their supporters shamed the City into finally taking action to close down the worst environmental health and justice crisis in Dallas. When the collapse came, it came quickly. Halfway through their Wednesday March 20th news conference giving authorities an ultimatum to shut down “Shingle […]

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12 Noon, Wednesday March 20th Dallas City Hall      Flag Room     6th Floor   JOIN US FOR THE PUBLIC LAUNCH OF THE   SOUTHERN SECTOR RISING  CAMPAIGN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE   Downwinders at Risk has joined with the the Joppa Freedman’s Association, Neighbors United/Vecino Unidos, the Highland Hills Community Action Committee, Sierra Club/BeyondCoal, Pax Christi Dallas, […]

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Marsha Jackson thought she’d found relief when Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky wrote about the grotesque environmental disaster being caused by the Blue Star asphalt operation in mid-December..the first time. After complaining almost a year to the City of Dallas, the State of Texas, and the EPA without any action taken, Ms Jackson saw […]

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A New Round of PM Studies

by jim on January 29, 2019

Rising air pollution linked with increased ER visits for breathing problems Air pollution could be as bad for pregnant women as smoking Racial disparities in asthma related to health care access, environmental factors High PM exposure nearly doubles dementia risk in older women Air pollution is greatest environmental threat to global health in 2019, according […]

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