Clean Air & Your Health (Part 2)

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Originally Aired: June 28, 2013

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David R. Celebrezze, Director of Air & Water Special Projects, Ohio Environmental Council
Shelly Kiser, ALA

Agenda for Part 2

10:30 a.m. -10:40 p.m. Welcome & Introduction (OEC)
10:40 a.m. -11:00 p.m. Air Quality impact on the environment (OEC)
11:00 a.m. -11:45 p.m. Air Quality and the federal government (American Lung Association of the Midland States)
11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. What you can do to reduce pollution (OEC)
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Q&A

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Clean Air & Your Health (Part 2)

  1. 1. Air Quality & Your Health Session II June 28, 2013 Thank you for joining us. We will begin in a moment. Please check your speakers/phone connection. If you experience any problems, please let us know by typing in the chat box. Follow the OEC on Twitter: @OhioEnviro. The hashtag for this webinar is #OECwebinar
  2. 2. David R. Celebrezze Dir. of Air & Water Special Projects Ohio Environmental Council Shelly Kiser Director of Advocacy American Lung Association of the Midland States Air Quality & Your Health Session II June 28, 2013
  3. 3. Agenda-Session II  10:30 - 10:40 a.m. Welcome  10:40 - 11:00 a.m. Air Quality Impact on the Environment  11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Air Quality & The Federal Government  11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. What You Can Do To Reduce Pollution  12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Q&A
  4. 4. Ohio Environmental Council The OEC is the Ohio’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities—from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Please join us! OEC members:  Receive great benefits  Become part of the community working to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities in Ohio. Become a member today at www.theOEC.org.
  5. 5. Quick recap-what is ozone? Nitrogen oxides (NOx) + Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) + hot, long summer sun= ozone pollution.
  6. 6. What is another name for ozone pollution? ???
  7. 7. What is another name for ozone pollution? SMOG MONSTER (Nasty!!)
  8. 8. Does air quality impact our environment?
  9. 9. Does air quality impact our environment? Yes! Ozone pollution and particulate matter can impact our natural heritage
  10. 10. What do you think some of the sources are in your neighborhood/community?
  11. 11. Does air quality impact our environment? Sources: power plants, foundries, diesel engines (older ones), cars, fossil fuel extraction Acid rain Causes crop damage Mercury bioaccumulates in fish Deadening of waterways NOx emissions run off
  12. 12. Does air quality impact our environment?  Ozone pollution impacts crops forest interfering with the ability of sensitive plants to produce and store food damaging the leaves of trees and other plants, negatively impacting the appearance of urban vegetation, as well as vegetation in national parks and recreation areas (US EPA)
  13. 13. Does air quality impact our environment?  Ozone pollution impacts crops forest reducing forest growth and crop yields, potentially impacting species diversity in ecosystems. The U.S. soybean crop is suffering nearly $2 billion in damage a year due to rising surface ozone concentrations harming plants and reducing the crop’s yield potential, (2009 NASA)
  14. 14. Does air quality impact our environment?  Wildlife Exposure through inhalation, ingestion (pollution landed on vegetation or up food chain), absorption (esp. vulnerable are amphibians). Respiratory damage (especially birds- higher respiratory rates) Organs targeted: kidney, liver, brain Source: www.air-quality.org.uk
  15. 15. Does air quality impact our environment?  The Worm Dioxins 5 times higher than surrounding soil They didn’t die But what about animals that eat a bunch of worms: birds, small mammals, frogs, salamanders?
  16. 16. Does air quality impact our environment?  Climate change CO2 Black carbon From diesel engines, OWB, kilns, etc. 2,000 times more potent than CO2 as climate warming agent. Climate change=unstable climate, more rain, droughts, smog, etc.
  17. 17. Air Quality & The Federal Government Shelly Kiser Director of Advocacy American Lung Association of the Midland States
  18. 18. What you can do to reduce pollution?
  19. 19. Take a moment to think of ways in which you can help improve air quality in your community
  20. 20. What you can do to reduce pollution? (individual level)  use less electricity Turn off lights when out of room CFL (or LED) light bulbs Energy Efficient appliances Insulation of house EE windows Look at solar panels
  21. 21. What you can do to reduce pollution? (individual level) Transportation Car pool don’t idle Bike Public transit Fight “dumb growth” (ex. expansion of our highways).
  22. 22. Side Bar Idling more than ten seconds: Can damage the cylinders and spark plugs Gets 0mpg Pollutes our air Wastes money and fuel Where do people idle?
  23. 23. Side Bar Where do people idle? RR crossings Drive thru s (food, bank) Waiting to pick someone up Gas stations At home during cold mornings
  24. 24. But it’s only one car… 8,261,613 registered passenger cars in Ohio Reduce their idling by 5 minutes each day 251,290,728 hours reduced 201,032,583 gallons saved (if burn ~.8gallons an hour) (keep in mind 1 gallon burned= 20 pounds of CO2) $669,438,501 (one gallon=$3.33) Side Bar
  25. 25. Back To The Show!
  26. 26. What you can do to reduce pollution? (individual level)  Have kids or nieces/nephews? Kids air quality coloring book Air quality events Talk with there school No-idling policy Air quality alert day information
  27. 27. What you can do to reduce pollution? (individual level) Place of work No idling policy Car pool program Work from home at times Fuel efficient cars (if they buy cars) Sponsor an “air fair”
  28. 28. What you can do to reduce pollution? Does the hospital, university, or local government have no-idling policy and/or clean construction requirements? Do you have a connection with any of those institutions?
  29. 29. What you can do to reduce pollution?  Restrict or don’t buy outdoor wood- fired boilers Stay alert to attacks on clean air standards. Sign up for OEC’s action alerts: www.theoec.org
  30. 30. Questions and Answers!

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