air quality

When the Inside Air is a Health Hazard

Aug 26, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 What can be done when the air inside a child’s home is a hazard to his health? A team of inspectors and builders visited one such home recently, in search of answers—and found some.  KRCB’s Bruce Robinson reports.

Assessing Indoor Air Quality

Aug 25, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Indoor air quality problems can be a serious health concern, but they are invisible, and often hard to detect or trace.  On today’s North Bay Report, Bruce Robinson tags along as an old and heavily used building gets checked out by specialized environmental inspectors.

Jose C. Silva/Flickr

  Wildfire smoke is a temporary air quality issue, but as Suzanne Potter reports, the bigger problem of poor air  in much of California has a far more persistent cause.

  Is the best way to eliminate pollutants from fireplaces to phase them out entirely? That’s what the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is proposing.

Dutra Foes Seek Appeals Court Reversal

Mar 20, 2014

Plans for a new asphalt production facility alongside the Petaluma River on the south side of that city have been a hot button issue for more than five years now. After the Dutra plant was approved by county supervisors in late 2010, it was promptly challenged in court by the city of Petaluma and a group of local environmental groups. That case that was dismissed by the State Court of Appeal last week, but there’s still at least one more round of legal arguments being made, as we hear today.

Ozone layer on a long slow road to recovery

Dec 11, 2013
NASA Earth Observatory

Twenty five years ago the ozone hole above the arctic was the hot environmental topic. While we don't hear as much about it any more, researchers are still making new discoveries and say it's a topic that needs to remain in the public eye. KRCB's reports on the latest findings from a meeting of the American Geophysical Union now in San Francisco.

Prevent air pollution by limiting pesticide use

Jul 8, 2013

It’s that time of year when hot weather fuels the creation of ozone, or smog. Some pesticides emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to ozone formation. Using pesticides that release VOCs may be restricted in certain parts of California between May 1 and October 31.