air pollution http://news.stlpublicradio.org en National Analysis Suggests Cutting Carbon Dioxide Would Improve Air Quality In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/national-analysis-suggests-cutting-carbon-dioxide-would-improve-air-quality-missouri <p>Cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants would also reduce other types of air pollution, both here in Missouri and nationally.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's according to </span><a href="http://eng-cs.syr.edu/our-departments/civil-and-environmental-engineering/research/carbon-co-benefits-research/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a recent analysis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by researchers at Harvard and Syracuse Universities.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:38:20 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 36852 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org National Analysis Suggests Cutting Carbon Dioxide Would Improve Air Quality In Missouri Report Puts St. Louis Near The Bottom In Ozone Pollution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-puts-st-louis-near-bottom-ozone-pollution <p>A new report by the American Lung Association finds that the St. Louis metro area still</p><p>has high levels of ozone pollution, the main ingredient in smog.</p><p>The annual <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2014/states/missouri/st-louis-29189.html" target="_blank">State of the Air report</a> ranked St. Louis 13<sup>th</sup> out of 217 metro areas in the country for ozone pollution. That’s worse than St. Louis performed in last year’s report, although the trend over recent decades has been gradual improvement.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 18:42:26 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 35830 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report Puts St. Louis Near The Bottom In Ozone Pollution Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/science-health-rundown-air-we-breathe <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a stretch to think about summer now.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But close your eyes and imagine. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sun is shining; bees are buzzing; your arms move through warm air; you even have to mop a thin veil of perspiration from your brow. And on the news in the morning, Geri Mitchell intones the familiar admonition: “It’s a red air quality day. Sensitive groups should avoid exercising outdoors.”</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:37:46 +0000 Shula Neuman 33906 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sierra-club-alleges-thousands-air-quality-violations-amerens-st-louis-area-plants <p><em><strong>Updated Thursday 10:15 p.m.</strong></em></p><p>The Sierra Club says Ameren has been routinely violating air quality standards at its St. Louis-area power plants.</p><p>In a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/201312/Ameren_Missouri_NOI_12.11.13_FINAL.pdf">Notice of Intent to Sue</a> delivered to Ameren on Wednesday afternoon, the Sierra Club alleges the company's&nbsp;Labadie, Meramec, and Rush Island plants have exceeded air pollution limits almost 10,000 times since 2008.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:56:41 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 32190 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sierra Club Alleges Thousands Of Air Quality Violations At Ameren's St. Louis-Area Plants Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/smoke-distant-wildfires-poses-health-risk-illinois-and-missouri-residents <p>A new <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/files/wildfire-smoke-IB.pdf">report </a>released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council warns that smoke from wildfires poses health risks to people living far from the actual blaze.</p><p>The study used data from 2011, an especially bad year for wildfires in the US, to rank states with the greatest number of residents affected by wildfire smoke for longer than a week.</p><p>Illinois and Missouri were ranked second and fourth respectively, despite having no wildfires of their own.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:47:13 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 30913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents SLU Students Help NASA Ozone Study Soar Over Saint Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slu-students-help-nasa-ozone-study-soar-over-saint-louis <p>If you happen to be near the Saint Louis Science Center planetarium at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, look up. You might see a weather balloon.</p><p>Students at Saint Louis University are launching them as part of a study sponsored by the U.S. space agency NASA.</p><p>The mission aims to improve our understanding of air pollution and global climate.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 29155 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org SLU Students Help NASA Ozone Study Soar Over Saint Louis Report Shows Increased Air Pollution in St. Louis Region — But Long-Term Trend Still Improving http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-shows-increased-air-pollution-st-louis-region-long-term-trend-still-improving <p></p><p>A report released today by the American Lung Association shows that air pollution in the St. Louis region has recently increased.</p><p><a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/">The annual report</a> ranks the St. Louis area 12th worst among U.S. metropolitan regions for particulate pollution and 25th for ground-level ozone, the main component of smog.</p><p>Susannah Fuchs is the Senior Director of Environmental Health for the <a href="http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/plains-gulf/">American Lung Association’s Plains-Gulf Region</a>, which includes Missouri.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25699 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report Shows Increased Air Pollution in St. Louis Region — But Long-Term Trend Still Improving New Construction At Bridgeton Landfill Could Mean More Smelly Fumes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-construction-bridgeton-landfill-could-mean-more-smelly-fumes <p></p><p>The company that owns the Bridgeton Landfill is gearing up for <a href="http://dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/facilities/BridgetonSanitaryLandfill-Construction.htm">the next phase</a> of an effort to control an underground fire that has been burning at the site for more than two years.</p><p>Starting on Monday, <a href="http://www.bridgetonlandfill.com/default.aspx">Republic Services</a> will begin excavating sections of the landfill <a href="http://dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/facilities/documents/rcpabanplanbridgetonlf03-20-13.pdf">to remove underground concrete pipes</a>.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:14:09 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25536 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Construction At Bridgeton Landfill Could Mean More Smelly Fumes Advocacy Groups Warn Of Landfill Fire Risks In Bridgeton http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/advocacy-groups-warn-landfill-fire-risks-bridgeton <p></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:22:59 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 10256 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Advocacy Groups Warn Of Landfill Fire Risks In Bridgeton At St. Louis Gas Stations, Fume-Reducing Nozzles Get (Rid Of) The 'Boot' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-gas-stations-fume-reducing-nozzles-get-rid-boot-0 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:37:22 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 10219 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At St. Louis Gas Stations, Fume-Reducing Nozzles Get (Rid Of) The 'Boot'