U-M hosting virtual conversation about roles cultural institutions can play in environmental justice
FIL - In this March 21, 2016, file photo the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and Flint residents harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and Shapiro Undergraduate Library are hosting a virtual community conversation this month about the role museums, libraries and more can play in supporting environmental justice. The cultural institutions are looking for feedback and insight from people across Southeast Michigan -- a region that has experienced firsthand environmental injustice, from air quality issues in Detroit to the Flint water crisis. Email your original art, poetry, photos, and videos about environmental justice work in libraries and museums to firstname.lastname@example.orgLeave us a 60-second voicemail at 313-757-1872.
EGLE report: Overall air quality improved across Michigan in 2019
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s Air Quality Division has released its Annual Air Quality Report for 2019. The overall air quality improved across Michigan in 2019, according to the report. The report focuses on information for specific pollutants, including those with National Ambient Air Quality Standards and toxic air contaminants, air quality trends, and an overview of the air monitoring network. A nonattainment area is considered to have air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. View the full report below:More information on the Air Quality Division’s annual program activities can be found in the Year End Air Quality Program Report or at Michigan.gov/Air.
How deforestation is connected to our health: ‘Nature is really trying to tell us something’
Deforestation on the riseThe rate of deforestation is about two to one over forest expansion. Their forest campaign director, Daniel Brindis, says way too many trees are cut down, “Deforestation is on the rise. But not all of those events happen in forests, “We think that COVID emergence happened in a similar way that’s ours emergence happening. Our health is linked to the earth’s health, “Connecting dots right now could not be easier with Coronavirus and wildfires and hurricanes,” says Bernstein. He says you can’t miss the message, “You know, it’s in our faces, nature is really trying to tell us something.
COVID-19 positive people 2x as likely to have gone out to eat, CDC says
DETROIT – Restaurants have been incredibly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many struggling to survive with limited capacities and outdoor seating. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is raising concerns about the safety of dining out -- especially for those eating indoors. The study did not differentiate between indoor and outdoor seating, but experts claim eating indoors is inherently more risky. When it comes to eating indoors, air flow is critical since customers cannot wear masks while eating and drinking. With cold weather soon to limit outdoor options, it’s another challenge for restaurants struggling to survive.
How fans can spread COVID-19 in closed spaces
DETROIT While a great deal of attention is being paid to wiping down and cleaning common touch points to prevent the spread of COVID-19, an expert in air quality control believes not nearly enough attention is being paid to how were cleaning our air. Aug. 26, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 99,200; Death toll now at 6,424Dr. Serene Almomen is an air quality expert and CEO of Senseware in Washington D.C -- a company that designs air quality monitors. She said its not unreasonable to ask establishments how theyre cleaning their air. I always look up and see if there is a ventilation system, because ventilation systems are the most effective systems to remove the virus, Almomen said. She said a closed space with an open window is safer than one with a fan.
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History seeks community input on environmental issues
ANN ARBOR, Mich. For an upcoming forum on environmental data, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History needs your help. The museum is asking the public to take part in a 12-question survey about opinions and needs for accessing data on environmental issues and their relationships to social justice. Issues on the survey range from energy and water quality, transportation and loss of biodiversity to climate change. Answers to the survey will help the UMMNH create better conversations with academics, local government and local nonprofit or grassroots organizations. Find the survey here.
First Ozone Action Day of the season
The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert for today, so this means it's our first Ozone Action Day of the season. The ozone layer, which is about ten miles up in the stratosphere, is GOOD ozone, because it filters some of the sun's ultraviolet radiation. However, there is also low-level ozone, which is caused when emissions created by cars, coal power plants, etc. So, what can we do to help curb that low-level ozone? If you have respiratory problems, or your health is significantly compromised by other health issues, do not overexert yourself on Ozone Action Days.
Air quality moderate for much of Michigan today: What this means
DETROIT Its a hot holiday weekend in Michigan, but air quality for much of the state is at a moderate level of concern. The U.S. AQI (Air Quality Index) is how the EPA reports air quality. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and the greater the health concern. For example, an AQI value of 50 or below represents good air quality, while an AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality. Air quality is acceptable.