Meet the Interns: Nkereuwem ‘Life’ Samuel Unwana

Meet the Interns: Nkereuwem ‘Life’ Samuel Unwana

This week we will introduce you to two interns who are working with Gasp this semester through the Academic Small Business Alliance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dania Ashour and Nkereuwem (Life) Samuel Unwana are working to develop a scalable citizen-science educational program. Life’s project involves putting together a citizen science manual, assisting with public health research, and creating a presentation on the health effects of air pollution. Dania is working with volunteer engineers to build a replicable digital air monitor prototype which will be used to collect and …

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Alternative Facts: Air Pollution, Climate Change & Health

Alternative Facts: Air Pollution, Climate Change & Health

This past Sunday, a Meet the Press interview featuring Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway went viral after she coined the phrase “alternative facts.” I couldn’t help but chuckle when I heard this euphemism coming out of the new White House. (I also cringed at the Orwellian undertones. But that’s a topic for a book club.)

WATCH: Kellyanne Conway defends WH press secretary's "alternative facts." #MTP pic.twitter.com/q4PVzhpA1g

— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017

Here’s the deal: Gasp is a nonpartisan, apolitical advocacy organization. We just want healthy air for …

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Help Gasp by Switching to Clean Energy Today

Gasp is excited to share some truly sunny 🌞 news with you: we are partnering with Arcadia Power — the first company to offer a nationwide community solar program —to give you a simple way to switch to solar at home.

The way it works is you purchase a one-time subscription to a panel(s) from one of Arcadia Power’s solar projects across the country. From there, they track the production from your exact panel and automatically credit your utility bill with the savings. Your investment in community solar pays for itself over time — …

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Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

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Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Jan. 5, 2017) — In an effort to reduce exposure to the harmful health effects of air pollution, Gasp this week announced that it has released a new online tool for users to get the current and next day’s air quality for the Birmingham area.

The Air Quality Widget displays the current air quality index, or AQI, with a corresponding color code based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow data. It updates twice per hour. The …

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19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

For Immediate Release

19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Gasp, a Birmingham-based health advocacy nonprofit, has given the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) 19 DVD copies of “Toxic City: Birmingham’s Dirty Secret,” an award-winning documentary about the impact industrial pollution has on area citizens.

Gasp produced “Toxic City” in 2014 to shine the light on how individuals in Collegeville, North Birmingham, other communities in the northern part of the city, and Tarrant are impacted by hazardous industrial pollution. The 26-minute documentary …

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Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Sides with Gasp

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Sides with Gasp

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Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Rules in Gasp’s Favor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals today affirmed a prior court ruling that Gasp is entitled to a hearing before the Jefferson County Board of Health (BOH) on the reissuance of ABC Coke’s operating permit.

ABC Coke is a subsidiary of Drummond Company, located in Tarrant, Ala. The facility is a source of toxic emissions and one of the worst polluters in the greater-Birmingham area.

Executive Director Michael Hansen called the decision a victory …

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Gasp Applauds Senators for Introducing RECLAIM Act

Gasp Applauds Senators for Introducing RECLAIM Act

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Gasp applauds U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Sherrod Brown, and Bob Casey who today announced that they are introducing the RECLAIM Act. The bill would release $1 billion over five years to help coal states like Alabama create economic development opportunities and clean up abandoned mining sites.

Introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers from Kentucky in the House of Representatives earlier this year, the RECLAIM Act now has more than 20 co-sponsors. A recent poll by the Sierra Club and West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy found that the RECLAIM Act is extremely popular in coal …

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Gasp Joins 120+ Organizations in Letter to President-Elect Trump, Congress

Gasp Joins 120+ Organizations in Letter to President-Elect Trump, Congress

DEAR PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP & CONGRESS,

Communities here at home and around the world are reeling from more extreme and unpredictable weather events, sustained drought, dramatic floods, and unprecedented wildfires. While we will all be impacted, it is the poorest and most vulnerable among us who stand to lose the most. The climate crisis is undeniably here, now.

World leaders recognize the gravity of this challenge. In an unprecedented act of global unity and leadership more than 190 countries joined together in Paris last year to take action …

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Scott Pruitt is an Offensive Choice for the EPA

Scott Pruitt is an Offensive Choice for the EPA

Yesterday, multiple news outlets reported that President-Elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Below is Gasp Executive Director Michael Hansen’s statement in response to this pick:

By nominating Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator, President-Elect Donald Trump is letting the fox guard the henhouse. Pruitt has a robust record of suing the very agency he’s now being asked to lead. He has fought against curbing greenhouse gases, against reducing mercury and air toxics, and against strengthening ozone …

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Friends,

Happy Veteran’s Day! We are so grateful for the service of those who keep us safe and secure. Our service men and women make it possible for us to do this important work freely.

On that note, I don’t think I need to tell you that the outcome of the presidential election may have serious consequences for air pollution and climate change policy. Let me be perfectly clear: the sky is not falling. Here’s what I told the Birmingham News:

“The fight for clean air, environmental justice, …

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