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Jane Warner, President & CEO of the American Lung Association in California talks about the health impacts of wood smoke

Download | Duration: 00:19:07

The hazards of second-hand cigarette smoke are well-known, but many fail to realize that wood smoke contains a similar group of unhealthy compounds. The 1.4 million fireplaces and woodstoves across our nine-county region are the largest single source of wintertime soot – the tiny particles that contribute to an alarming array of health concerns, from asthma to heart attacks, and in severe cases death.

In this podcast, Jane Warner, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in California, talks about the health impacts from wood smoke and ways for Bay Area residents to reduce their exposure to wood smoke.

Woodburning: Regulations and health impact for the holiday season (Produced by Breathe California)

Download | Duration: 00:07:07

In this podcast we speak with Kristine Roselius, Supervising Public Information Officer at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. 

As the winter months approach, we want to examine the current regulations in respect woodburning. Woodburning is something many of us do on a cold winter day, however many are unaware of the health and environmental toll that particulate matter from wood can cause. 

Kristine clarifies information regarding "Spare the Air" days, enforcement of current regulations and the detrimental health impact that woodsmoke can cause for bay area residents.

Cleaner Air on the Horizon: Electric Cars and Electric Charging Stations (Produced by Breathe California)

Download | Duration: 00:18:41

As gasoline prices hover around $4 per gallon and car emissions continue to cause air quality issues throughout the nation we thought it would be a good time to explore alternative energy sources for automobiles. With this in mind, today we are going to talk about electric vehicle charging stations. For years the idea of the automobile running on nothing but electricity has been seemingly part science fiction and part wishful thinking. 

But with the introduction of the Nissan Leaf earlier this year and the beginnings of a dedicated effort to begin work on an electric charging station infrastructure by organizations such as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the hope now seems to be turning into reality. The Air District has recently invested $3.9 million for the deployment of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In this podcast Breath California speaks with the Air District's Director of Strategic Incentives, Damian Breen about many issues surrounding electric vehicles, including how the charging infrastructure will be implemented and what the potential impact a transition to electric vehicles on a mass level may have on air quality.

Jim Smith, Senior Public Information Officer, Talks about the Air District's Air Resource Teams

Download | Duration: 00:03:19

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is committed to engaging the public directly in its efforts to reduce air pollution. One of the Air District’s innovative efforts to engage the public was the formation of local resource teams in 1991.