Air Quality

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This is a conglomeration of the coverage Utah Public Radio is doing on the air quality problem in Utah. This grouping includes Access Utah's coverage of the issue, as well as pertinent news.

To Improve Air Quality, Idaho Buys Utah A Bus

Jul 3, 2019
Chris Wernert of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality boards the new bus his agency provided to the Cache Valley Transit District. The DEQ hopes the low-emissions bus will help improve air quality across Cache Valley.
Chris Polansky / Utah Public Radio

A partnership between the state of Idaho and Utah’s Cache Valley Transit District is hoping a new bus can help improve air quality across Cache Valley. 

Webster University

Yoram Bauman is the world’s first and only stand-up economist. He is co-author of the “Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change” and the two volume “Cartoon Introduction to Economics,” and the 1998 book “Tax Shift,” which helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia. He is campaign co-chair for the new Clean the Darn Air initiative, which supporters are working to get on the ballot in Utah in 2020.

9. Air Quality

May 7, 2019
Salt Lake Tribune

UPR Science Reporter Jennifer Pemberton examines air quality in Cache Valley and beyond. This story originally aired in May 2013.

The independent

An event titled the “Southern Utah Clean Air Forum” was held recently in St. George. It was billed as “a discussion of proposed federal, state & local legislation focused on reducing energy emissions to improve our health and our children’s futures.” As we head toward the opening of the Utah Legislature next week, we’ll talk about clean air and the climate with three of the panelists from the forum on Thursday’s Access Utah.

Chris Bunker / The Daily Universe

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about really small things, like cell cultures and their effect on research, and really big things, like our planet's climate and its effect on human movement. 

Phone app monitors air quality locally
Utah Department of Environmental Quality

 

 

Does your weekly weather forecast include reminders about air quality? If not, there’s an app for that. An updated version of the UtahAir App has just been released and it contains some new features that allow Utah residents to closely monitor conditions in their area. 

oil fields rigs
Max Pixel

To individuals living along the Wasatch Front and in the Uinta Basin, inversions are not a new phenomena. However, studies have shown that industries can dramatically affect what is trapped in an inversion.

Two white men, one with a blue shirt and one with a red shirt sit behind a black tablet, sensors, and a google home.
Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

The University of Utah’s School of Computing are setting up participants with tools to monitor the air quality in their own homes. This pilot program may change how people visualize and perceive the air in their homes. 

Map of United States with temperature scale of smoke such that red is large amounts of smoke. Orange and red colors over the western US.
NOAA

For many residents in northern Utah, our characteristic mountains are shroud in a hazy smoke. The cold front that entered on Monday brought with it northwesterly and westerly winds carrying smoke from the many fires in the western United States.

A TRAX light rail train pulls into the station with railroads, green grass, and a blue sky.
HEAL Utah

New research out of the University of Utah tracks air quality across the Wasatch Front through instruments placed on TRAX light rail trains, revealing diverse air quality patterns throughout the Wasatch Front.

Environmental tax suggests we pay more for gas to offset environmental costs
Jennings

The Cache Clean Air Consortium hosts regular events that enable residents to learn about and become involved with improving their local air. Their events include the annual high school Clean Air Poster contests, bike challenges and expert talks. 

Doctor discusses health with patient
59th Medical Ward / United States Air Force

The study finds poor air quality not only affects our environment, but also our health. Researchers University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare report a correlation between high incidents of pneumonia and winter inversions along the Wasatch Front. 

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Poor air quality remains a serious health and environmental issue for many Utahns. At Monday’s opening of the Utah Legislative Session, many officials said they advocated for improving the state’s air quality.