Having a Bad Air Day?

Have you ever had a Bad Air Day? How bad was it? What exactly does it feel like to live with air pollution?

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Through our partnership with the Public Insight Network, we're encouraging Cache County residents to talk about their experiences with air pollution in the valley and we're giving you a space to ask questions about air pollution. Your stories and questions will help shape our coverage of this complicated and important topic.

Having a Bad Air Day? Tell us about it.

Read more about the project at the Public Insight Networks' blog.

Air Quality
9:04 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Watching Disease Happen: the Pathology of Air Pollution

In the shiny new Agricultural Sciences building on the campus of Utah State University, toxicology professor Roger Coulombe studies the interaction between PM2.5 and human lung cells.

For Air Quality Awareness Week, Jennifer Pemberton has been asking local experts to help explain Cache Valley’s air pollution problem to residents. In today’s report, she tours a lab on the campus of Utah State University, where the effects of particulate pollution on human health are easy to see -- with the right equipment.

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Air Quality
9:22 am
Tue April 30, 2013

The Cleanest and the Dirtiest: C. Arden Pope on Why Utah is the Best and Worst Place to Study Air

C. Arden Pope was the keynote speaker at the Cache Valley Air Quality Summit in Logan on April 25, 2013.
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This week is Air Quality Awareness Week. Today Jennifer Pemberton  takes us on a summarized visit to the Cache Valley Air Quality Summit in Logan to hear air pollution epidemiologist, Dr. C. Arden Pope tell the story of how we’ve cleaned up the air in the U.S. in the past 50 years and how much further we still have to go.

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Air Quality
8:30 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Red Air by the Numbers

The EPA's AirNow Air Quality Index uses the "measuring stick" approach to describing air quality. The scale goes from 0 - 500. A "red air day" is 151 - 200.

The EPA has designated this week Air Quality Awareness Week. As part of UPR’s community engagement project, Jennifer Pemberton has been talking to Cache County residents about the experience of living with some of the nation’s worst air pollution. This week, she’s taking their questions and comments to local experts. In today’s report, she enlists Dr. Randy Martin to define Red Air by the numbers.

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Cache Valley
9:19 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Voices from the Bad Air Story Booth

UPR's Jennifer Pemberton and Mackinzie Hamilton recorded festival attendees for the Bad Air Story Booth at Logan's Earth Day Downtown Street Festival.
Credit April Ashland

These are some of the voices from our Bad Air Story booth at Logan’s Earth Day Downtown Street Festival. With a background of various local musicians and speakers, we set up a table and microphone to ask Cache Valley residents to tell us their Bad Air stories. Have you ever had a bad air day? How do you know when it’s a bad air day? What do you do about it? 

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Air Quality
8:38 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Community Engagement Project Update: Keep Those Bad Air Stories Coming

Utah Public Radio has partnered with the Public Insight Network to report on public health effects of air pollution in Cache Valley. Listeners and other members of the community here have been telling us their experiences with air pollution through an online form. Jennifer Pemberton has been listening to these stories and has this update on public concerns:

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Air Quality
9:39 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Tell Us Your "Bad Air" Stories

If you haven’t filled out our form about air pollution yet, you now have the chance to come tell us about it in person at our Bad Air Story Booth.

This Saturday, April 20, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. members of the Utah Public Radio staff will be collecting your air quality stories at Logan’s Earth Day Downtown Street Festival.

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Air Quality
9:28 am
Tue April 2, 2013

You are UPR. We are the Listeners.

We're standing by for your report on air quality in Cache Valley. As a partner of the Public Insight Network, Utah Public Radio is turning to you, our listeners, to report on issues that matter to you. See what we're thinking about at our Source page and chime in on any issue any time you have something to say.

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