Friday, June 24, 2005

BREATHING IS IMPORTANT!

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Trapped by the Berkshire mountains, polluted air will build up this week....(choking badly).

OK. This blog is called, "Culture of Life News" and one thing this editor loves is living. I want to live, I want everyone to be living and happy.

Breathing air is important to living. Three little boys died yesterday and were found today because they suffocated to death in New Jersey. Getting air is vital to living. So while planning my weekend, this is what I learned:

The National Weather Service is warning us we won't have oxygen this weekend!
AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN AN AQI VALUE OF 100. THE AIR QUALITY INDEX, OR AQI, WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY TO CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE. THE HIGHER THE AQI VALUE, THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN.

SUMMER HEAT CAN LEAD TO THE FORMATION OF GROUND LEVEL OZONE...A MAJOR COMPONENT OF SMOG. AUTOMOBILE EXHAUST IS THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF GROUND-LEVEL OZONE AND IS THE MOST SERIOUS AIR POLLUTION PROBLEM IN THE NORTHEAST. OZONE EXPOSURE HAS BEEN LINKED TO ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS. NOSE AND THROAT IRRITATION, RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, AND DECREASED LUNG FUNCTION HAVE BEEN OBSERVED IN HEALTHY, EXERCISING PERSONS BREATHING AIR CONTAINING ELEVATED LEVELS OF POLLUTANTS. THE RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS INCLUDE SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST PAIN, THROAT IRRITATION, COUGHING AND WHEEZING IN BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN. OZONE LEVELS GENERALLY DECREASE DURING THE EVENING HOURS.

FINE PARTICULATE MATTER, OR PM 2.5, CONSISTS OF TINY SOLID PARTICLES OR LIQUID DROPLETS IN THE AIR THAT ARE 2.5 MICRONS OR LESS IN DIAMETER. PM 2.5 CAN BE MADE UP OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF PARTICLES AND OFTEN COME FROM PROCESSES THAT INVOLVE COMBUSTION AND FROM CHEMICAL REACTIONS IN THE ATMOSPHERE. EXPOSURE TO ELEVATED LEVELS OF PM 2.5 CAN CAUSE SHORT-TERM HEALTH EFFECTS SUCH AS IRRITATION EYE, NOSE, THROAT, LUNG AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH. EXPOSURE TO ELEVATED LEVELS CAN ALSO WORSEN EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS SUCH AS ASTHMA AND HEART DISEASE. PM 2.5 LEVELS CAN BE ELEVATED AT ANY TIME OF THE
DAY.

WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED, THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS OUTDOOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS. PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF ELEVATED LEVELS OF POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE.
THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN.
Excuse me, but this really aggrevates me. My son has asthma and my daughter has allergies and I just like being able to breathe and do things like work and now we are going to suffocate? Huh? This ties everything together.

In the news today is this horror that pisses me off very greatly because this is why I will spend the weekend wondering how to breathe air: From the NYT, just in at 7:30pm:
The Bush administration's plan to let aging industrial plants modernize without buying expensive new pollution controls was upheld Friday by a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia sided with the Environmental Protection Agency, saying New York and a dozen other states failed to show how key areas of the administration's new regulations violate the 1970 Clean Air Act.

But the unanimous decision also came down against the EPA on two parts of the rule changes, and told the agency to review a third, giving environmentalists some reason for optimism within the 73-page decision.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said the decision prevents further reductions in harmful emissions that would lower the rates for a number of diseases including asthma and cancer. He said his office would review the ruling and decide whether to pursue further legal action.

''The court affirmed that Congress intended the Clean Air Act to protect public health and air quality and repudiated Bush administration attempts to roll back those protections,'' Blumenthal said. ''Unfortunately, the decision upheld parts of the new rule that allow polluters to avoid installing pollution controls in some instances.''
If people want cheap power that is produced with crappy methods that will destroy not only our lives but maybe the whole planet, the least they could do is build a huge dome and confine their crap inside so I can live in peace on my mountain. My mountain has clean air and I want to keep it that way.

Spain and Portugal are suffering from a heroic drought and high temperatures. In Fairbanks, Alaska, my brother-in-law tells me it goes about 90 degrees this year! Glaciers are melting at a mad rate. The Alps might have no glaciers at all in 25 years. The Swiss are trying to cover the glaciers with blankets to keep them from melting! The number one polluter of this planet of these hydrocarbons is the USA. We are number one indeed. And who refuses to sign the Kyoto Accords?
But environmental critics say the changes also will increase sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that contribute to acid rain and public health woes such as pulmonary and cardiovascular disease, leading to thousands of premature deaths a year.

The judges' ruling said it is not clear if the administration's changes in ''new source review'' regulations -- rules governing industrial sources of pollution -- will lead to greater pollution, or if leaving the old rules in place would deter companies from modernizing.
What if someone I love very much dies from this sort of poison? Eh? This lacsidasical attitude about life and death matters pisses me off since many of the polluter's staff and the people using the cheaper energy are supposed to be worried sick about fetuses!

Even fetuses will die if mommy has no oxygen, you twits. Solar energy pollutes nothing. I can walk by a solar array on a hot summer day and not choke to death. When the sun shines, people put on air conditioners which then need more dirty energy which pollutes the air which forces everyone to turn on more air conditioners. The trees sag and the leaves curl as the pollution drives deep into their cells, killing them. Who makes our oxygen? Guess what, everyone!

Trees.

I have been forced to flee my homes more than once thanks to pollution. Choking, I pack up and take the kids and run literally for my life. The air, thick and brown and worse, the invisible ozone molecules. If you plug your vents and run your heater, you will die thanks to carbon monoxide poisoning. Here we are, turning vast swaths of open land into carbon monoxide death chambers!

On days like these, I wish there was no more gasoline....
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