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Spare the Air alert issued for smoggy conditions expected Monday

High-pressure system creating conditions expected to increase ozone concentrations

A combination of expected high temperatures, light winds and vehicle exhaust has prompted Bay Area air district officials to issue a Spare the Air smog alert for Monday.

The alert, the 12th issued for smog so far this year, was triggered by a high-pressure system moving into the Bay Area causing conditions that will lead to elevated concentrations of ozone, according to the air district.

"As hotter weather becomes the new normal, it's critical that we end our dependency on solo driving," said Jack Broadbent, executive director of the air district in a written statement. "Vehicle exhaust contributes to air pollution and climate change, threatening the significant improvements we've made in air quality over the past 60 years."

Bay Area residents are advised to only exercise in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

To find out when a Spare the Air Alert is in effect, residents can register at sparetheair.org, call 800-HELP-AIR (4357-247), download the Spare the Air smartphone app for iPhone or Android devices or connecting with Spare the Air on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Spare the Air alert issued for smoggy conditions expected Monday

High-pressure system creating conditions expected to increase ozone concentrations

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A combination of expected high temperatures, light winds and vehicle exhaust has prompted Bay Area air district officials to issue a Spare the Air smog alert for Monday.

The alert, the 12th issued for smog so far this year, was triggered by a high-pressure system moving into the Bay Area causing conditions that will lead to elevated concentrations of ozone, according to the air district.

"As hotter weather becomes the new normal, it's critical that we end our dependency on solo driving," said Jack Broadbent, executive director of the air district in a written statement. "Vehicle exhaust contributes to air pollution and climate change, threatening the significant improvements we've made in air quality over the past 60 years."

Bay Area residents are advised to only exercise in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

To find out when a Spare the Air Alert is in effect, residents can register at sparetheair.org, call 800-HELP-AIR (4357-247), download the Spare the Air smartphone app for iPhone or Android devices or connecting with Spare the Air on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Donald
another community
on Aug 25, 2019 at 6:22 pm
Donald, another community
on Aug 25, 2019 at 6:22 pm
17 people like this

Can we use nuclear a nuclear bomb to dissipate the pollution?


Fed Up
Old Palo Alto
on Aug 26, 2019 at 3:42 am
Fed Up, Old Palo Alto
on Aug 26, 2019 at 3:42 am
8 people like this

OKAY, STOP THE AIR TRAFFIC
Ground the planes until the air clears.
Our society has received mixed messages for decades - reduce consumption, control population, recycle and re-use, yet we are importing more and more people here who consume, build houses, buy vehicles for the first time in their lives.
Some immigrate move here for the luxury of driving, but wouldn't dare attempt it back in their homelands.
What ever happened to our immigrants who came and cut their ties to their homelands they left, and never went back? Their children became American and weren't torn between two societies. There was no flying back and forth, no theft of technology, formulas, seeds, whatever. All was good. The air was clear.

Then the schools push International Study Abroad programs as soon as kids are accepted to colleges. JUST STOP. My kids want to go to the universities they applied to, and NOT to a foreign college. It's costs a lot, and they choose to be educated in the USA where they were born. They can travel later in their lives.
What's the push?
Then summer students are driven by peer pressure to do internships which require air travel. Like Apple flying in thousands of kids this summer - all needing housing and food - right here in the heart of Silicon Valley. Just stop.

Our behavior is getting worse, and it has created a huge bioburden to our environment.

The tech companies are huge offenders of air and water pollution, and are contribution heavily to the world bioburden.

Just stop


musical
Palo Verde
on Aug 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm
musical, Palo Verde
on Aug 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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If you ever want to see the world, do it now while still legal.


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