Clean Air Journal

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,...

WATCH: ABC 33/40 Reports on Gasp Air Sampling Results

WATCH: ABC 33/40 Reports on Gasp Air Sampling Results

For years, residents have been complaining about air pollution coming from the Bluestone Coke plant in North Birmingham. (Prior to being named Bluestone Coke, it was called ERP Compliant Coke, and before that it was Walter Coke.) The plant heats coal at extremely high...

EPA Needs to Base Its Decisions on Science

EPA Needs to Base Its Decisions on Science

 Marion Fintel retired from Talladega College as an associate professor of biology in July of 2019. During her career, she taught anatomy and physiology, as well as other biology courses, to college students for close to thirty years.  Dr. Fintel earned her doctorate...

Alabama PSC to Hold Hearing on Solar Fee

On Thursday, November 21, the Alabama Public Service Commission will hold a hearing requested by Gasp, represented by SELC, and private plaintiffs, represented by Ragsdale, LLC, about Alabama Power’s unnecessary and discriminatory monthly fee on solar power customers...

Why I Fight for Clean Air & How You Can Help

Why I Fight for Clean Air & How You Can Help

As a boy, I dreaded the Science Fair toward the end of each school year. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like science — I loved it then as I still do today. It was the competition that gave me anxiety. It wasn’t until I was in Mrs. Weeks 5th Grade class that I finally...

Study: Air Pollution is Deadly

Study: Air Pollution is Deadly

A study recently published in the journal PLOS Medicine confirms what we already know: air pollution is hazardous to human health. Specifically, the authors found that fine particulate matter was responsible for more than 30,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2015, lowering...

More Strong Evidence Linking Air Pollution to Dementia

More Strong Evidence Linking Air Pollution to Dementia

Often, when I read scary articles about air pollution and the frightening effects it has on your and my health, I experience a lot of anxiety...and then proceed to do nothing. I was curious about why this happens and why I (a person who is involved in environmental...

Groups Sue Trump’s EPA for Coke Oven Cancer Pollution

Groups Sue Trump’s EPA for Coke Oven Cancer Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 15, 2019) — Today Earthjustice on behalf of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, Gasp, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Sierra Club, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for improperly regulating coke ovens – producers of known...

The Consequences of My Consumerism

The Consequences of My Consumerism

One of the hard parts for me about our consumerism driven world is that it is often so easy for me, a privileged middle class white female, to not feel the consequence of my own actions. We’ve known for a long time that minorities, specifically Black and Hispanic...

How Air Pollution Gets Into Our Bodies

How Air Pollution Gets Into Our Bodies

I have to be honest. Until I started reading about air pollution, I didn’t think much about it. I mean, I knew that it was bad in a vague, general kind of way, but my thinking never went past that. Air quality was way too easy to ignore, and it was even easier to...