Ever feel like no one’s listening?
But our Google Urchin stats tell a different story — the number of site visitors has grown dramatically over the past few months. We’re getting the word out, granted, on a small scale, but we’re attracting 83% more eyeballs than we did 4 months ago.
It’s the convergence of so many similar messages, as much as the fine content you’ll find here. The stories of the hazards from breathing wood smoke when combined with the growing body of scientific evidence on air pollution adds up to many newsworthy topics, so people are tuning in. Images of people wearing masks, whether in Beijing, Paris or Salt Lake City cause more people to wonder,
Do we really have the budget for all this beach burning?
As you know, there’s no Emerald Forest between the 800 beach bonfires and the 10 million inhabitants of the LA Basin – those fire pits are poisoning the first clean ocean breezes that blow in from the Pacific.
In recent months news stories from the World Health Organization have named air pollution and particulate matter as Group 1 carcinogens. This past week the NY Times Editorial Board writes of the looming climate crisis. The beach bonfires that so many cherish contribute in their own small way to an enormous crisis our children and grandchildren will suffer with.
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