This month during the Year of Air Pollution & Health, the focus is on dangerous ground-level ozone pollution, a common threat during the hot summer months. Ozone – often called smog – forms in the atmosphere when gases from tailpipes, smokestacks and other sources come in contact with sunlight. Ozone is more likely to form in hot, stagnant air, which is why we often see spikes of ozone pollution on hot summer days.
Ozone pollution can cause many health issues, including asthma attacks, respiratory and cardiovascular harm, and even early death. While everyone is at risk from breathing ozone, certain groups are more at risk, including children, pregnant women, older adults, and individuals with lung disease.
Follow these tips to help protect yourself and your family from ozone pollution.
Climate change is driving warmer temperatures and more frequent and intense heat waves, increasing the formation of ozone pollution. It is critical to address climate change in order to protect our health from the dangers of ozone pollution.
Right now, climate change is putting Americans' lung health and lives at risk. Our nation needs to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change to avoid the worst impacts, and we must also deal with the health harms that are already here, including worsened conditions for ozone pollution. A bill in Congress called the "Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act" would help address communities plan for and address these health impacts of climate change. Please urge your senators and representatives to support this lifesaving legislation today. It only takes a minute!
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Wayne County Community College – Downtown Campus Frank Hayden Community Room 1001 W. Fort Street Detroit, Michigan 48226
Michigan Public Service Commission Public Hearing regarding DTE's proposed Integrated Resource Plan
The public hearing in this matter will have two sessions. Participants can attend either of the scheduled sessions:
DATE: Thursday, June 20, 2019
TIME: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (session 1)
5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (session 2)
BEFORE: Administrative Law Judge Dennis W. Mack
LOCATION: Wayne County Community College – Downtown Campus Frank Hayden Community Room
1001 W. Fort Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226
PARTICIPATION: Any interested person may attend and participate. Statements should be no longer than five (5) minutes in duration in order to ensure that all interested persons have an opportunity to participate in the proceedings. The hearing site is accessible, including handicapped parking. Persons needing any accommodation to participate should contact the
Commission’s Executive Secretary at (517) 284-8090 in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance.
In addition, interested persons may send written comments to the Commission at: Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, 7109 West Saginaw Highway, Lansing, Michigan 48917, or by email to email@example.com. A transcript of the public meeting will be filed in the docket for Case No. U-20471.
Download notice of public hearing here.
To learn more about the MPSC and DTE's IRP see documents under our RESOURCES tab.
This month during the Year of Air Pollution & Health, the focus is on the unique threats to mothers and children due to air pollution. Children face special risks from air pollution because their lungs are still growing, they are often more active outdoors, and they inhale more air than adults on a body-weight basis. In fact, air pollution affects the development of children before they are even born, with the potential to have lasting consequences.
Research has shown that pregnant women exposed to air pollution have an increased risk of preterm birth and having babies with lower birth weights. Protecting clean air is critical to protecting the lifelong health of moms and kids.
With more than 4 million premature deaths globally each year due to outdoor air pollution, and more than 141 million Americans still living in counties with unhealthy air, it's important to remind our friends and family that the fight for healthy air is not over. The good news is that we can all be part of the solution!
The United Nations' World Environment Day will be celebrated on June 5, focused on the theme of air pollution:
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and this month during the Year of Air Pollution & Health the focus is on how climate change impacts individuals with asthma and allergies. Worsening air quality and longer, more potent allergy seasons due to climate change threatens everyone's health, but those with asthma and allergies are at even greater risk.
What Can You Do to Help Protect Healthy Air for All?
"State of the Air" 2019 shows that climate change is threatening our nation's progress toward achieving healthy air for all. We need national action to clean up power plants, oil and gas operations, and other sources of pollution to address climate change and reduce other emissions that threaten our health at the same time.
Where:The MTG Space, 4039 Legacy Pkwy Lansing, MI 48911
When: October 18, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
More Info:517-335-9463, firstname.lastname@example.org
All asthma educators are welcome, RN/RT CEUs will be available.
Planned topics include: