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Dry, still winter weather prompts record air alerts

Original post made on Mar 4, 2012

A record number of alerts banning wood fires were issued this winter during the Spare the Air season that ended Feb. 29, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

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Posted by climate change
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

Global warming is changing our weather patterns. Northern California has to get used to dry warm polluted winters. We can change the polluted part of that equation if we really want to.

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Posted by Bob W
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

Climate change? Hah!

Why, durn near ev'ry time it snows, I hear the climate change skeptics chortle and ask why dem tree huggers aren't out in the global warming in their Bermuda shorts!!

Just don't hear much from the sleptics when we have weather like this or record destruction from tornadoes and hurricanes, etc...

Matter of fact, they've been pretty quiet lately, haven't they?

Must be disheartening when 90+% of the science community comes out against your (big oil funded) conspiracy theory.

Seriously though: "dry warm polluted winters" have been around here since I was a kid. In my high school job, the orchid company I worked for had to move Phalenopsis production off the peninsula down to Watsonville because of local December smog browning the edge of the flowers that bloomed in that part of the year, making them unsaleable. That was 40 years ago.

First time I recall seeing the direct effects of pollution. As a teen, the air of invincibility got let out of my tires a bit when I wondered what was happening to my lungs if it was bad enough to tinge a flower.

"Air pollution from wood smoke is down 15 percent over the past five years" Anyone have any links handy that would tell us the difference in total air pollution (not just wood smoke) between now and 40-ish years ago. Has to be far better now, I'd think, even with higher population.

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Posted by steve
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

youre nuts if you think this is normal winter weather!. from near freezing one day to 76 degrees the next. in february! keep dreaming. washing machines are a major source of damage to atmosphere. wash your clothes as fewer times as possible. just think, those detergents have to remove dirt which is very difficult. hence, those soaps are very abrasive to the complex delicate invisible layers of earth protection. not just ozone, but layers maybe not yet detected by human knowledge.

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Posted by emily
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

Gas leaf blowers are also a major source of pollution and should be banned everywhere.

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