Noisy, fossil-fuel-powered engines are some of the most polluting and least regulated machinery still allowed in modern society. And yet, the workers make no connection between the airborne pollutants from their own gas tools and the life-threatening effects they’re experiencing. Neither does the author. In fact, the vomiting and seizures mentioned in the opening paragraph are almost certainly the results of breathing high volumes of gas emissions, in addition to heat stress, rather than from just climate-change-increased heat alone.
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Friday July 21st will go down in history as the beginning of the end of gas in the golf industry. Today's certification of the first-in-the-nation AGZA Green Zone® Golf Course at Arroyo Seco Golf Course in South Pasadena, CA proves battery tools can replace gas machinery for almost all routine grounds maintenance.
With extremely lax workplace regulations, and livelihoods dependent upon equipment that is directly harmful to their health, workers in the grounds maintenance workforce are left to fend for their own well-being.
Quiet Communities' ED, Jamie Banks, PhD, MS, will present the results of an important air pollution report at the International Emissions Inventory Conference on April 16, 2015. Dr. Banks will present an analysis of the volume of air pollutants produced annually in the United States by gasoline-powered leaf blowers, mowers, trimmers and related lawn and garden equipment used by the landscape maintenance industry and individual property owners.
Air pollution has been linked to a dangerous narrowing of neck arteries that occurs prior to strokes, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center. The scientists analyzed medical test records for more than 300,000 people living in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. They found that people living in zip codes with the highest average levels of fine-particulate-matter pollution were significantly more likely to show signs of narrowing (stenosis) in their internal carotid arteries, compared to those living in zip codes with the lowest pollution levels.