air pollution http://kvpr.org en On Valley Edition: Air Quality; Hockey In The Valley; Grapes of Wrath http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-air-quality-hockey-valley-grapes-wrath <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a> our reporting team discusses how Valley air quality may affect our genes, a library vending machine that dispenses books, hockey in the region and much more.</p><p>Starting off the program, Valley Public Radio Reporter Rebecca Plevin reports on the issue of pollution and how it relates to our health. She explores the question of <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/central-valleys-air-pollution-affecting-our-cells-and-genes">whether pollution is affecting Valley residents at cellular level.</a></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:17:24 +0000 Joe Moore, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 27726 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Air Quality; Hockey In The Valley; Grapes of Wrath Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes? http://kvpr.org/post/central-valleys-air-pollution-affecting-our-cells-and-genes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here in the Central Valley – in one of the most polluted air basins in the country – we know that poor air is bad for our health. We feel it in our eyes and throat, and when we struggle to breathe.</span></p><p>But what if air pollution is affecting us at a deeper, cellular level?</p><p>That's exactly what Dr. Kari Nadeau discovered a few years ago. She’s a Stanford School of Medicine professor with an expertise in asthma and allergies.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:20:21 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 27716 at http://kvpr.org Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes? New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-links-pm-25-pollution-immune-system-damage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=558">new study</a> suggests that exposure to wildfire smoke can result in reduced immune system function. The study, funded by the California Air Resources board, looked at primates which were exposed to unusually high levels of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 for 10 days in 2008, during a number of wildfires.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:44:25 +0000 Joe Moore 26866 at http://kvpr.org New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage Earlimart Pesticide Warrior Honored For Advocacy http://kvpr.org/post/earlimart-pesticide-warrior-honored-advocacy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you arrive at Teresa De </span>Anda’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> house on the edge of </span>Earlimart<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, you might think the biggest health threat here is her pack of dogs. But from De </span>Anda’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> perspective, the almond orchard directly across the street, and the nearby vineyards and fields, are much more dangerous.</span></p><p>“It’s nice not having neighbors across the street, but it’s not nice having all the spraying and the tilling and the dirt and the bees,” De Anda says.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:34:05 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 25452 at http://kvpr.org Earlimart Pesticide Warrior Honored For Advocacy Valley Air District Celebrates Cleanup Milestone, More Work Remains http://kvpr.org/post/valley-air-district-celebrates-cleanup-milestone-more-work-remains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the decades-long effort to clean up the San Joaquin Valley's notoriously poor air, 2013 might be a milestone. For the first time, the air basin had zero violations of the hourly federal ozone standard. &nbsp;</span></p><p>That news prompted the governing board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to vote Thursday to formally request that the EPA lift a required a $29 million annual penalty.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:35:57 +0000 Joe Moore 24522 at http://kvpr.org Valley Air District Celebrates Cleanup Milestone, More Work Remains How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/how-will-global-warming-impact-san-joaquin-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rising global temperatures aren’t just an international concern, they’re also an important local issue, especially when it comes to public health. How will climate change affect everything from rates of asthma and valley fever to wildfires and natural disasters?</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:39:29 +0000 Joe Moore 19956 at http://kvpr.org How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? Valley Cities Top National Lists For Air Pollution http://kvpr.org/post/valley-cities-top-national-lists-air-pollution-1 <p></p><p></p><p>If you’re expecting clean air in the San Joaquin Valley, don’t hold your breath.</p><p>The American Lung Association released this week its annual State of the Air report. It shows that Valley cities continue to top the lists for the most polluted areas in the nation for ozone, short-term particle pollution, and annual particle pollution.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:53:47 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14090 at http://kvpr.org Valley Cities Top National Lists For Air Pollution New Study Shows Poor, Minorities At Greater Asthma Risk http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-shows-poor-minorities-greater-asthma-risk <p></p><p>A new study from UCLA and the state Air Resources Board finds that minorities and other low-income populations face greater incidents of asthma than the rest of the population.</p><p>The study from the Chronic Disease Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research connects increased exposure to pollution with a rise in everything from asthma attacks to work absences and emergency room visits.</p><p>The study also found that those living within 750 feet of busy roads and highways had increases in asthma-related trips to the emergency room.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:03:53 +0000 Joe Moore 12116 at http://kvpr.org New Study Shows Poor, Minorities At Greater Asthma Risk