California Cities Among Nation’s Most Polluted

 

A recent study of air pollution and overall air quality ranked the Los Angeles metropolitan areas along with Long Beach as the worst in the United States. Once again, the west coast and in particular California ranks higher in terms of overall air quality compared to the east coast.

The recent study comes as no surprise since Los Angeles and Long Beach have held the number one spot in 23 out of the past 24 annual rankings. The report, which was released by the American Lung Association, does point out that there has been some improvement over the past year, but that wasn’t enough to lower the ranking.

California’s Air Quality Issues

The Lung Association report cites that 98% of California residents live in have poor grades for ozone air pollution quality along with unhealthy air quality overall. For the pollutants, over 40% of California residents are exposed to such conditions daily.

It is true that both local and state efforts have managed to curb and even reduce the pollutants present in the air, but there is still work to be done. For ozone pollution, California had six out of the top ten communities which include the following.

  • Los Angeles & Long Beach
  • Bakersfield
  • Fresno-Madera-Hanford
  • Sacramento- Roseville
  • San Diego-Chula Vista, Carlsbad
  • Visalia

In addition, the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area ranked 11th, just outside the top 10. Overall, of the top 25 regions only Chicag, Hartford and Connecticut were the non-Western states listed.

Causes of Air Pollution & Poor Air Quality

There are several factors that contribute to the poor air quality of the Western states and California in particular. The ongoing climate change, mostly sunny skies, and air stagnation have led to such conditions. For the Los Angeles area, the mountains to the east trap much of the air over the urban areas which only help to build the amount of pollutants.

Improvements in Air Quality

Despite the bad news, ozone pollution has been reduced nationwide, which includes California. In the American Lung Association report, almost 20 million fewer people live in areas of unhealthy levels of ozone. This means that smog production is down and that leads to cleaner air conditions. 

However, not all communities are seeing improvement and there are still roughly 120 million people who live in places where the air pollution is too much and overall air quality too low.

For residents of California, the air pollution and overall lower air quality continues to be a nagging issue. However, steps have been taken to help clean the air and reduce the amount of pollutants that are present. With continued efforts, it may be sooner than later when communities like Los Angeles and Long Beach are no longer at the top of the poor air quality list.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Reduce Air Pollution in California

 

In recent years, California has led the way to reduce air pollution. While many of the efforts have been successful, California still suffers from extensive air pollution issues that affect over 90% of the people living in the state. Today, California is home to six of the top ten cities with the worst smog in the US. 

Effort to reduce air pollution along with shrinking its carbon footprint will require an effort from all residents of the state. Below are a few steps to help reduce pollution in your community.

Use the Sun

Adding solar panels is a great way to reduce pollution generated from power plants that run on fossil fuels. Another thing you can do during the day is turn off the lights and open the blinds. Allowing the sunlight to work for you means using less energy.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Lowering your thermostat by one degree in the winter and raising it one degree in the summer can help lower air pollution and your electricity bills as well.

Become Energy Conscious

When you are not using electric devices such as computers, printers, chargers, and similar equipment, unplug them from the outlet. Even when off, such devices continue to use electricity.

Add Insulation

Make sure your home maximizes the space reserved for insulation. The more insulation present, the more the air inside the home is trapped and the air outside the home stays outside. Consider adding protection to your windows or use storm windows that have insulating factors.

Transportation 

Cut down on how much you use your vehicle, instead consider these options:

  • Walk or Ride a Bike
  • Take Public Transportation
  • Stay Within the Speed Limit
  • Properly Maintain Your Vehicle
  • Drive Less on Unhealthy Air Days

One of the best ways to reduce air pollution is to combine different trips into one. If your vehicle is going to be idle for an extended period, shut it off instead.

Consider Low to Zero Emission Vehicles

If you are shopping for a new vehicle, look for the cars or trucks that have a low or zero carbon and air pollution emissions. One of the biggest contributors to the smog that many in California suffer from is vehicles, especially when driving for long periods of time.

A low to zero emission vehicle will considerably reduce the amount of emissions. When everyone is driving a low to zero emission vehicle, the reduction could be massive.

Remember to employ efforts to reduce air pollution when you can. Every instance can help reduce the unhealthy air that affects you, your family, and the people living in California.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley

Environmental include the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Oil Wells and Their Negative Effects on the Environment and Living Close to Them 

 

Although fossil fuels are still an important part of providing power for vehicles and the electrical grid, they come with many negative effects in terms of the environment and those who live close to them. With studies that date back decades, the negative effects of being near oil and gas wells have been properly noted. 

But what are the negative effects that homeowners might expect if they live near oil or gas wells? The answer begins with the contaminants found in such areas and how they can affect the health of you and your family. 

Air Pollution

In one study by Stanford University, researchers discovered that those living within 2.5 miles of an oil or gas well experienced a higher degree of air pollution. This higher level resulted in greater negative health effects for those who lived nearby. Particularly those who lived downwind from the oil or gas wells themselves. 

Disrupting Wildlife

Although all human activity influences wildlife, oil and gas wells are particularly notorious for changing established patterns of wild creatures. This includes disrupting the nesting and breeding of a wide range of species. 

Such effects are magnified on wildlife that migrates. Having to pass near oil and gas wells not only changes their well-established patterns of travel, but the negative health effects also influence their breeding and the raising of their young. The result is a greater risk of lower wildlife populations all due to the presence of fossil fuel-producing sites. 

Negative Health Effects

The measured effects ranged from mild, allergic symptoms to more serious health concerns. Being located near oil and gas wells may increase the likelihood of heart disease, and premature birth, and augment the negative effects of asthma. 

For those susceptible to allergies and respiratory illness, the presence of oil and gas wells means increased exposure to toxic particles in the air. From carbon monoxide to volatile organic compounds or VOCs, the adverse health risks increase when exposure to these chemicals occurs. 

Climate Change Concerns

The increased amount of pollutants, particularly greenhouse gases, has a negative impact on the Earth’s ability to regulate temperature. The result is a warming climate that may lead to catastrophic effects in our lifetime. 

Both in terms of where the oil and gas are produced and how they are used means detrimental effects on our climate. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions starts by reducing dependence on fossil fuels. 

Other Effects

The most widely known is when oil spills occur. The effect they have on wildlife can be devastating. And while the big spills get all the media attention, it is the more frequent smaller spills and contamination of surrounding environments that do the most damage over time. 

Add to this side effects such as increased light pollution, the odorous smell, and the generally dirty nature of oil and gas wells and you have a substantial effect on the environment. The only recourse is to begin the move away from petroleum-based products which will reduce the presence of oil and gas wells. 

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you. 

 

How to Protect Yourself and Your Home from Air Pollution 

While most people think of air pollution as something that comes from power plants and factories, the truth is that the more threatening form of air pollution comes from inside your home. You can protect your family from both forms of air pollution with a few easy-to-learn steps. 

Indoors

Reducing indoor air pollution starts with the products you purchase for your home. What you may not realize is that the very furniture and flooring may contain pollutants that may harm you and your family. 

Avoid Products with Scents: Cleaners, air fresheners, and other products that contain scents may contain particles that interact with the ozone and create formaldehyde. Use natural cleaners if possible, such as lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, and plain water to reduce air pollution in the home. 

Green Label: Look for the green label when purchasing carpets, cushions, and products that have adhesive elements. Such products may contain formaldehyde and residues of dangerous chemicals that can create indoor air pollution. 

The same is true for furniture and other furnishings that are made from composite wood such as particle board or even plywood. Such materials use adhesives that may contain trace amounts of harmful chemicals. Look for such products that are compliant with green or safe standards. 

Reduce Ozone: Certain products such as laundry water treatments, fruit and vegetable washers, and hair and facial applications emit ozone into the air. Look for products that are ozone-free and will not contribute to pollution indoors. 

Ventilate: If you are painting, gluing, or using caulk, or other adhesive try to perform the work outside the home if possible. If you have no choice, such as painting a room, then open the windows, turn on the fan, and ventilate the area. 

Outdoors

Although the threat may be less today compared to a half-century ago, there are still plenty of sources that cause outdoor air pollution. What follows are a few tips to protect your family and home in case outdoor pollution rises to dangerous levels. 

Air Purifier: An air purifier can trap particles such as smoke while cleaning the indoor air from dust and other items. Remember to change out your air purifier’s filter when needed so that it works at maximum efficiency. Air purifiers are best used in bedrooms and living areas. 

Central Air Conditioning: A central air conditioning system is not only more energy efficient for cooling the home compared to window units, but the air filter can also trap many of the particles that otherwise make it into your home. Be sure to change the air filter every few months or when needed. Otherwise, it may tax the unit to the point of requiring repair. 

Windows Closed: This may seem to be an obvious response, but shutting the windows should be the first thing you do in case outdoor air pollution becomes too dangerous. Use portable fans to circulate the air inside the home. 

With these tips, you can protect your home and family from both indoor and outdoor air pollution. A few commonsense steps will reduce indoor air pollution and limit outdoor air pollution from entering your residence.  

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.