Another bad air day and more on air quality

Today, September 23, 2016, is an official Code Orange bad air day in Delaware. A(n) Action Day has been declared for Delaware, on Friday, Sep 23A(n) Action Day has been declared for Delaware, on Friday, Sep 23   The forecast is Code Orange for ozone and Code Yellow for particles.   In simple terms, Code Yellow means the level is expected to be above one-half of the ambient air quality standard.  Code Orange means the level is expected to be above the air quality standard.  From Green Delaware’s view, when two pollutants are elevated we would bump the status to Code Red.  This air is unhealthy and we urge you to take care. Continue reading

Bad Air in Delaware–an intractable but not hopeless problem

Information, and actions you can take.

When my family moved to the Wilmington suburbs in 1960, we experienced months of colds and other health problems. I remember my Mother saying something like “nobody told us it’s not healthy to leave the windows open.” Jake Kreshtool, founder of Delaware Citizens for Clean Air and the dean of Delaware environmental activists, got into the game in the early 60s to protect his family from intolerable fumes and odors coming from an asphalt shingle plant. Kreshtool says the air was often so murky that one could not see clear shadows on a sidewalk. Continue reading

GMOs: Transparency or Monsanto? Sens. Carper and Coons selling us out?

Please contact Senators Carper and Coons.  Contact info below.

Hi All:

An important issue is playing out in the US Senate this week.  The issues is whether our foods will be labeled as to whether they contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

The State of Vermont has adopted a pioneering law requiring such labeling that does into effect on July 1st. Continue reading

Bad air this week in Delaware; heat increasing locally and globally


Monday will be an Air Quality Action Day for the State of Delaware! Warm temperatures, sunny skies, a very long day length and light winds will provide very conducive conditions for the formation of photochemical smog. As a result, ozone levels will reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG) range, also known as Code Orange on Monday. Extended Forecast: A change in air mass is expected to reach Delaware during the afternoon on Tuesday. In addition, there is a chance of showers both early and late in the day. As a result, we expect cleaner conditions with Moderate air quality on Tuesday. Cooler and less humid on Wednesday with Moderate air quality continuing.” Continue reading

Preservation in Delaware? Of Delaware?

Recently I’ve received many emails about a “celebration” of historic preservation in Delaware.  From my perspective the hypocrisy of this is breathtaking.

It can be said that there are three broad categories of “resources” needing preservation.  Natural resources such as air, water, forests, plants and animals.  Cultural resources, meaning objects or materials or works created by humans.  These are buildings, roads and other “infrastructure,” farms, villages, stations on the underground railroad, books, scrolls, music, and so on.  And human resources, meaning ourselves, people.

All are interdependent.  Delaware abuses them all. Continue reading

What’s really happening with Delaware?

I’ve been trying to write this for weeks.  It’s hard–too personal and my stomach knots up thinking about these things.  So I will try a different approach and include more that is personal.

Would it surprise you to know that people in Minnesota live, on average, 2.7 years longer than people in Delaware?  Why might this be? Continue reading

Shame! Delaware Nature Society gives its top “Conservation” award to Governor Jack Markell.

Sucking up to the Devil:  It’s just not Natural ….
Delaware “Nature” Society gives its top “Conservation” award to Governor Jack Markell on April 13, 2016.
See this link for a version of the “Nature” Society press release on it’s annual meeting.
We have seen a number of outraged emails and Facebook posts about this, and rightly so. In fact, though, it is “Natural,” It’s consistent with the mission and purpose of the Delaware “Nature” Society to give an award to a notoriously anti-environmental governor. Continue reading