Clean Air Journal

COVID-19 and Environmental Justice:  A Call to Action

COVID-19 and Environmental Justice: A Call to Action

Community-Based, Environmental and Civil Rights Activists Across Country Issue Statement and Unified Demands Racial Inequalities Laid Bare by COVID-19 Pandemic and Response Require Effective Action to Address Race Discrimination and Segregation New York, NY — A broad...

Meet Yahn Olson, Summer Legal Intern

Meet Yahn Olson, Summer Legal Intern

What is your major at Samford and why did you choose it? I majored in History at Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle and went to Samford for law school. I have always wanted to be an attorney. What do you hope to do after you graduate? Once I graduate I plan on...

Meet Sidni Smith, Gasp Legal and MPH Summer Intern

Meet Sidni Smith, Gasp Legal and MPH Summer Intern

  Sidni E. Smith What is your major and why did you choose it? I am a dual-degree JD/MPH student at Cumberland School of Law and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I pursued this pathway to learn how the legal world works so that I can effectively implement...

The Science Behind Satellite-Based Air Quality Monitoring

The Science Behind Satellite-Based Air Quality Monitoring

By Ben Moose, Gasp Spring Intern In my last blog post, I provided an overview of the concept, methods, advantages, and disadvantages of remote atmospheric monitoring. In this post, I will describe, in more detail, the techniques satellites use to detect air quality -...

My Approach to Handling the COVID-19 Crisis

My Approach to Handling the COVID-19 Crisis

It has been a little over a month since I worked in the Gasp office. Like many of you, I am yearning to know when we will resume being in one another’s physical presence. Meanwhile, the Gasp staff is adjusting because our work continues. If you haven’t already, check...

An Overview of Remote Atmospheric Monitoring

An Overview of Remote Atmospheric Monitoring

​By Ben Moose, Gasp Intern What is remote atmospheric monitoring? Remote atmospheric monitoring, when used for air quality monitoring purposes, is the use of satellites and satellite instruments to determine the concentration of pollutants and other air quality...

Citizen Science in the Face of Coronavirus

Citizen Science in the Face of Coronavirus

Citizen Science (aka, Community Science) Citizen science is when the general public is engaged in the scientific process, whether testing hypotheses, collecting data, or seeking government action. These efforts can raise awareness of an issue and empower communities...

Meet Brodie Zalanka, Spring Gasp Intern

Meet Brodie Zalanka, Spring Gasp Intern

​What is your major at UAB/BSC and why did you choose it? I have a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and am pursuing my Masters in Public Health with a concentration in environmental and occupational health. What do you hope to do after you graduate? I am...

Meet Mimi Tran, Spring Intern for Gasp

Meet Mimi Tran, Spring Intern for Gasp

​What is your major at UAB/BSC and why did you choose it? I’m a freshman Urban Environmental Studies major at Birmingham Southern College. As a kid, my favorite part of family vacations was (and still is!) visiting a city’s botanical gardens, local farmers markets, or...

COVID-19: Air pollution reductions?

COVID-19: Air pollution reductions?

I think many of us are looking for a silver lining right now; many are looking for a calm amidst the storm (side note, this video from a doctor working with only COVID-19 patients in New York City is the best thing I have seen since this started. It’s logical,...

Meet Matthew Odendahl, Spring Intern for Gasp

Meet Matthew Odendahl, Spring Intern for Gasp

Matthew is serving as Gasp's Communications and Marketing Spring Intern What is your major at UAB/BSC and why did you choose it? I am pursuing a bachelor of science in public health, with a concentration in environmental health and a studio art minor.  I chose this...

Meet Ben Moose, Spring Intern for Gasp

Meet Ben Moose, Spring Intern for Gasp

​Where do you go to high school? I go to high school at JCIB (Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School). What do you hope to do after you graduate?  I hope to pursue a career in atmospheric sciences, specifically meteorology. I am also interested in...

Meet Allie Guadarrama, Spring Intern for Gasp

Meet Allie Guadarrama, Spring Intern for Gasp

Allie is serving as Gasp's Climate Change Intern. Where do you go to high school?/What do you hope to do after you graduate? Currently I am a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School. After High School I would like to move to the West, either California or Washington, and...

Meet Rose Albert, Spring Intern for Gasp

Meet Rose Albert, Spring Intern for Gasp

Rose is serving as Gasp's Community Science Intern What is your major at UAB and why did you choose it?  I chose to major in chemistry at UAB because I appreciate its explanations for the physical world. A foundational understanding of chemistry is applicable to other...

Thanks to our Volunteers

Thanks to our Volunteers

Seven days ago was a busy day. Brodie (intern) and I worked the Gasp table at UAB's Community Matching Event (giving students an opportunity to meet local non-profits). I left Brodie to handle the table and rushed back to our office to meet with a new volunteer, who...

Genes, Evolution, and Air Pollution

Genes, Evolution, and Air Pollution

I believe that the health of each and every one of us is harmed by air pollution.  I base this belief on studies that show there is no safe level of pollutants and that adverse health effects are occurring at levels much lower than previously thought.  It is hard,...