The picture below shows in color the concentration of air pollution in North America. The lower US seems to have three notable pollution sources according to the color scale shown in the lower left of the photo. Roughly locating these three sources would be in California in the Western US, Chicago area in the Great Lakes region, and Baltimore to Boston along the I 95 corridor.
Now for a look at Asia and the middle East.
According to these maps, the above one shows where most of the air pollution originates.
The following from the Science website is some information about these pictures. While the text is from November last year, the picture map shows the situation in real time. These are for July 16, 2017.
By Dennis NormileNov. 28, 2016 , 3:15 PM
China’s air is notoriously toxic: Each year, it contributes to the premature deaths of some 1.6 million people. Concerned about how such pollution was affecting his family, Beijing-based data scientist Yann Boquillod founded AirVisual Earth, an online air pollution map that uses data from satellites and more than 8000 monitoring stations to display global air pollution in real time. The AirVisual Earth interactive maps prevailing wind patterns and shows color-coded concentrations of PM2.5—airborne particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter that can penetrate deep into the lungs. Users can zoom in, tilt, and spin the globe for better viewing. The air pollution visualization was crafted “so people really understand how bad it is,” says Boquillod, who hopes an informed citizenry will pressure governments and communities to clear the air. AirVisual also delivers 3-day air pollution forecasts for 6000 cities to smartphones, and it recently began selling low-cost monitors people can use to track indoor and outdoor air pollution. “People want to share that data,” Boquillod says.
The pictures are screen captures. You will have to go to the Science site link here to move around the globe.
I am not a fan of the 2.5micron particles stuff. Another study suggest that there is no evidence for it being considered a vehicle for killing massive numbers of people. See Junk Science links to see why I say that. This is a good map for chasing black carbon and other aerosols.
President Elect Donald Trump is expected to defund much of the man-made global warming activity because it’s a theory that is generally unsupported by actual measurements. Although you will continue to read that it is happening and it is going to be catastrophic and if he defunds this research, we will leave a dying planet to our children. Perhaps, but the supporters of this theory do not seem to come up with anything better than computer forecasts of this upcoming doom.
The media are also going to tell you that everyone but a few skeptics and President Trump want something done now and money is no object. But do the people here in the US and across the world really feel that way? Results from polls and studies show that global warming action is hardly the people choice. Global warming is almost always the people’s last choice. The UN polled some 9 million plus people from around the globe asking them what they wanted. What they said was that they wanted; good education, good health care, jobs, honest government, affordable food, clean water and sanitary conditions, etc. The final item on the list, #17 was “Action taken on climate change.” That poll result can be seen by clicking here.
“Action taken on climate change” has a lot of champions all of which are financed by that movement. “Scientists”, governments, NGO’s, and tyrant rulers of nations looking for ‘free” money from the developed nations don’t want the gravy train to come to a halt. Think of the loss of income for those groups if the money is spent on the real needs of the globe’s people.
The Pacific Research Institute has released a video entitled “Hysteria’s History: Why is Alarmism so Dangerous?-Part 4“. The video’s purpose is to expose people to” the historical progression of environmental alarmism that has often resulted in poor and contradictory policy proposals” This video discusses the ban on DDT. DDT had been very successful in nearly eradicating malaria around the world. Following the ban, malaria deaths skyrocketed.
DDT sprayed indoors, where it can keep mosquitos in check and have no effect on the local wild life is a responsible action. But it took skeptics to point this out over and over again before the green movement reeled in their efforts to keep DDT banned.
Hopefully, we skeptics, showing that the catastrophic global warming movement is more hysteria than facts, will eventually cause the greens to concede in this case as well.
Year end cartoons courtesy of TownHall.com
Have a great 2016. Happy New Year!!!
In the previous posting, it was noted that the Supreme Court stopped enforcement of an EPA regulation that reduced emissions of mercury (Hg) from coal-based power plants. In addition to Hg, the regulation was designated to reduce “Air Toxins”. In this case the toxins are particulate matter—2.5microns (PM2.5) or smaller in diameter. For perspective, how big is a 2.5micron particle? 2.5 microns are equal to 0.00025 centimeters or 0.000099 inches. Yes, you are right, you can’t see them.
The EPA touts a study that says PM2.5 is dangerous, but they wont share all the data with anyone. Thus, no other science body can confirm or deny the studies results. Secret Science. We are told we must take their word for it.
Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish economist, joins the “consensus” supporting the theory of man-made global warming (AGW), but not catastrophic man-made global warming (CAGW). He is disliked intensely by the wamers but not because he doesn’t believe in CAGW. He gets this lack of love because he believes that the money spent in the name of global warming is largely misspent. He says the money would be better spent to reduce malnutrition, make immunizations available, better education, prevention of AIDs, providing electrical power to reduce air pollution, etc. These beliefs are laid out in the TED talk video below.
This a fascinating talk. He shows how much improved Earth has become from 1900 to 2013 and projects changes to 2050.
The pitch by the locals is:
La Jolla Cove is San Diego’s most desirable spot for kayaking, snorkeling and diving. The water is calm and ecologically protected, providing a safe home for colorful garibaldi, yellowtail, rays and even leopard sharks. Because the water is protected, surfboards, boogie boards and other floatation devices are not permitted.”
The “ecologically protected” part has generated a stench that can be smelled a mile away. It seems that cormorants and seagulls use a rocky area by the cove, now fenced off, to move their bowels. The feces keep piling up and are creating a “gross everyday problem for the cove area” according to an editorial by the U-T San Diego paper. The city says they can’t do anything because :”… complex environmental rules stemming for the cove’s designation as a state-protected “Area of Special Biological Significance” are preventing them from cleaning up the place”. Further the city officials say that: “… it could take two years to get various state agencies to OK cleaning procedures.” Cleaning procedures? To clean up poop? Get a grip.
Talk about unintended consequences. I sure that the people of the La Jolla Cove felt really good about themselves as they were showing all of California, if not the world, how caring they are.