ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDEX RATINGS Researchers from Yale and Columbia Universities, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, recently released the 2012 Environmental Performance Index ranking 132 countries in environmental performance. Categories for placement include air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity and forest management. Interestingly, the United States placed significantly behind other industrialized nations at 49th. France, the United Kingdom and Germa... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Feb 27
INDOOR AIR QUALITY CONCERNS AT TN TECH Tennessee Tech University has been experiencing ongoing indoor air quality problems at South Hall since the fall of 2011. In November, faculty and students on the second floor of the building began to exhibit symptoms including dizziness, headache, nausea, breathing and flu-like difficulty, and elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Tennessee Tech's Department of Environmental Health & Safety has tested the building for mold, volatile or... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Feb 17
AIR QUALITY APP The EPA has recently made their AirNow website available as an app for smartphones. After entering your zip code, you can view the pollutant and ozone levels for your city or the city you are travelling to. The app also provides a color-coded map of the United States showing the current air quality and forecast. You can read more about it on a recent blog available on CNN. Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Feb 10
KANSAS CITY ABESTOS FINES Two retail developers in Kansas City have pleaded guilty to federal grand jury charges of violating the Clean Air Act. The developers demolished multiple homes built with asbestos-containing materials without obtaining the proper permits. Both developers are facing up to five years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000. Apparently, these homes were knocked down without any consideration to the potential asbestos materials within. Th... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Feb 4