Clean Air Journal

Alabama Legislature 2018: Monday Morning Digest

A few bills moved out of the House and into the Senate and vice versa this past week (see the table below for updates). The major bill to watch that was introduced and gained momentum last week is HB362 (the state government also offered an amendment). This...

Alabama Legislature 2018: Monday Morning Digest

Not a lot happened last week. You can see updates in the table below. Just to hit the high points, SB33 and SB85 are on the calendar and pending their third reading. Here are the new bills affecting the environment, energy and public transportation (also in the table...

UAB School of Public Health Students Volunteer for Gasp

We are a group of students in UAB’s School of Public Health, and we had the opportunity to work with Gasp for a service learning project during the 2017 Fall semester. Gasp is implementing a citizen scientist program that will empower communities by allowing them to...

Pollution Linked to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide Each Year

Pollution Linked to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide KENNETH PAIK Kenneth is an intern with Gasp through the UAB Academic Small Business Alliance program. An unfortunate reality, pollution is by far one of the largest contributors of early deaths worldwide. How deadly is...

An Update on the Citizen-Science Air Monitoring Kit

With the help of our lovely technical advisor, Jon Self, we have built our first prototype of the Air monitor! The monitor will test humidity, temperature, air particulate matter, and sound levels through the phone. First we needed to solder the Arduino and powerboost shield then we started connecting each part through wires on the breadboard.

Securing Environmental Justice for Northern Birmingham

Tidying up my family's summer vegetable and flower gardens brought some calmness to a hectic week. With every season and year that passes, playing in the dirt as therapy gains greater significance for me. I recall when my boys (now teenagers) were young, giving them a...

Air Monitor Construction Status Update

At Gasp my project is to build an air monitor meaning this device needs to measure temperature, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon monoxide, ambient particulate, and humidity levels. Purpose: Currently, there is a small of amount of data on the particulate matter. There only 7...

Intern Kenneth Paik: What I’ve Learned So Far

Interning at Gasp has definitely brought a lot of things to my attention regarding health and safety in the city of Birmingham. Birmingham per se contains an immeasurable number of pollutant factors, all of which produces damaging toxins into our air. These factors...

Science Project Idea: Create Your Own Solar-Powered Fan

Our mission requires us to educate the public about the harmful effects of air pollution and about cleaner sources of energy. You might say we're big "fans" of clean energy like wind and solar — and science in general! We're always looking for creative ways to teach...

Meet Fall Intern Kenneth Paik

The fall semester is in full swing at Alabama’s colleges and universities and we’ve got some awesome new interns to introduce! Last week we introduced you to fall intern Vaishali Nijampatnam, a junior at UAB majoring in biomedical engineering. Today, we'd like you to...

Gasp Calls on Sessions to Recuse Himself

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gasp Calls on Jeff Sessions to Recuse Himself from North Birmingham Corruption Investigation BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sept. 6, 2017) — Gasp, a Birmingham-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the reduction of air pollution through education and...

Meet Fall Intern Vaishali Nijampatnam

The fall semester is in full swing at Alabama's colleges and universities and we've got some awesome new interns to introduce! Vaishali Nijampatnam and Kenneth Paik will be working with Gasp this fall through UAB's Academic Small Business Alliance internship program....

Meet Summer Intern Sara Jones

What are you studying at Birmingham Southern College? I have not yet chosen a major, since I am hesitant on rushing into a career option without being sure of whether or not I would enjoy it. I am currently taking classes in order to figure out what career I would...

Trump Expected to Back Out of Paris Climate Agreement

Multiple news outlets are reporting that President Trump will announce this week his intentions to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. The move is likely to upset U.S. allies across the globe, especially considering that the accords were agreed to...

Federal Roundup: Trump’s First #100Days Edition

The news is a buzz this week with assessing President Trump’s first 100 days in office. NPR did a great Q&A with Cokie Roberts about this Presidential benchmark and its significance, if any. I have been doing my best to keep you all up to speed since day one of the...

Guest Post: Science Education as a Civil Right

Below is the text of a speech given by Kathryn Drago at the “Shelby, show up for science” march April 21. Ms. Drago is a science educator and curriculum developer. She has all but defended her Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Michigan and has M.A. in...

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