Air Quality

Oil & Gas
5:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Western Slope Representatives Testify On New Air Regulations

Kirby Winn is Oil and Gas Liaison for Garfield County
Credit Garfield County

  Oil and gas operators must have equipment to catch and cut down on methane leaks. That’s part of new air quality requirements chosen yesterday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Science
1:14 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Wildfires Contribute More to Atmospheric Warming, New Study Shows

Scanning electron microscope images revealing soot (bottom left) and tarball particles (top left, bottom right) collected from 2011 Las Conchas fire.
Credit LANL (China, S, Mazzoleni, C, Gorkowski, K, Aiken, AC, Dubey, MK; Nature Communications, 2013)

As the country recovers from the worst wildland firefighting accident in years, there’s more attention on fire crews and the homes they’re trying to protect. But an often invisible result of wildfire can have a big effect on human health and climate... even after the flames die down. Science correspondent Ellis Robinson takes a look at the effects of wildfire smoke on air quality. And that means understanding something called a “tarball.”

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Air Quality
5:06 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Tracking Air Quality in the Roaring Fork Valley

Morgan Hill gives an air monitoring lesson to environmental science students at RFHS
Credit Drew's News at Roaring Fork High School

The US Supreme Court is in the news for decisions on same sex marriage and voting rights... but the highest court in the land is also planning to look at air pollution. At issue is who's to blame when air quality monitors go way past the legal limit. The court announced Monday it will soon review a 2011 EPA rule... one designed to help protect communities downwind of power plants. Part of the problem is figuring out how to regulate air pollution that goes across state lines. Aspen Public Radio’s science reporter wondered how air quality is measured and tracked. From a field in Carbondale, here’s Ellis Robinson. 

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