air pollution http://wrkf.org en Keeping Track of Refinery Emissions http://wrkf.org/post/keeping-track-refinery-emissions <p>In its "Poisoned Places" series, NPR reports that industry here in Louisiana is emitting more smog-producing chemicals than it should and regulators aren't doing enough to curtail the pollution.</p><p><a href="http://www.wrkf.org/post/baton-rouges-corroded-overpolluting-neighbor-exxon-mobil" target="_blank">Elizabeth Shogren honed in on Exxon's Baton Rouge refinery</a> and the smoke Almena Poray sees from the front porch of her house, a block from the refinery's south gate.</p><p>"That's something you see every day," Poray told the NPR reporter. "Sometimes it's a darker gray, sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."</p><p>Ed Overton, professor emeritus of environmental science at LSU, and Robert Berg, state regulatory advisor for Exxon talk more about what Poray is seeing and breathing from her front porch.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 22:08:25 +0000 Amy Jeffries 11262 at http://wrkf.org Gizmo Uses Lung Cells To Sniff Out Health Hazards In Urban Air http://wrkf.org/post/gizmo-uses-lung-cells-sniff-out-health-hazards-urban-air Cities like Houston are dotted with air-sniffing monitors that measure levels of benzene and other potentially unhealthy air pollutants. But those monitors can't answer the question we care about most: Is the air safe?<p>That's because there's no simple relationship between toxic air pollutants and health risks. Researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are trying to get a leg up on that problem. Fri, 31 May 2013 17:18:00 +0000 Richard Harris 11240 at http://wrkf.org Gizmo Uses Lung Cells To Sniff Out Health Hazards In Urban Air Breathing Easier: How Houston Is Working To Clean Up Its Air http://wrkf.org/post/breathing-easier-how-houston-working-clean-its-air The Houston area produces about a quarter of the nation's gasoline, and about a third of the plastics that are in our cars, cupboards and just about everywhere else. So it is no surprise that this heavily industrial area has a problem with air pollution. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Richard Harris 11151 at http://wrkf.org Breathing Easier: How Houston Is Working To Clean Up Its Air