Clean air
City of dust : illness, arrogance and 9/11
Anthony DePalma.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : FT Press, c2011.

The World Trade Center#x19;s destruction unleashed one of the gravest environmental catastrophes in U.S. history. Now, formerNY TimesGround Zero reporter Anthony DePalma presents a full accounting of the disaster thatfollowed9/11. He separates myths from reality&reveals decisions that destroyed public trust&shares victims#x19; untold stories&and helps us ensure this never happens again.

Global sources of local pollution : an assessment of long-range transport of key air pollutants to and from the United States
Committee on the Significance of International Transport of Air Pollutants, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies.
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2010
A bank of US government agencies requested the study on sources, transport, and destiny of four specific classes of pollutants: ozone and its precursors, fine particulate matter and its precursors, atomic and molecular mercury, and persistent organic pollutants. In more detail, researchers were charged with considering the impacts of long-range pollution transport on air quality, pollutant deposition, and radiative forcing in the US; the impacts of US emissions on foreign air and environmental quality; how these emissions and impacts may change in the future. The report is not indexed. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
World atlas of atmospheric pollution
edited by Ranjeet S. Sokhi.
London ; New York : Anthem Press, 2008.
"The World Atlas of Atmospheric Pollution provides a graphical description of the state of air pollution from city to global scales. Using high-quality illustrations, the Atlas begins with a historical perspective before focusing on urban air pollution, long range transport of pollutants, global air pollution and climate change, ozone depletion, environmental and health impacts and finally, future trends. Each chapter provides a graphical representation of a specific aspect of air pollution and, wherever possible, gives a world-wide view of the state of our atmosphere. The illustrations are supported with explanations and other background material, allowing the reader to gain an informed insight into the responsible emission sources, the resulting atmospheric concentrations of key pollutant species and their associated impacts."--BOOK JACKET.

Better commuting

Two St. Louis MetroLink tracks have same capacity as 16 lanes of highway.

Ridesharing annually eliminates 650 tons of air pollution & saves $4 million in commuting costs.

(from Ridefinders)

When local meteorologists forecast a green air quality day, St. Louisans know they can breath easy. On the other hand, a red air quality day means indoor and outdoor activities must be curtailed.

The Clean Air Act of 1970, administered by the EPA, seeks to control air pollution by regulating industrial wastes, and strengthening emission standards. 

Amendments to this Act promote use of cleaner fuels and technologies.

Guide to Clean Air

Individuals, groups, businesses, and governmental agencies are working to improve our region’s air quality.

A first step to cleaning up the air is to reduce air pollution. Polluted air makes breathing harder, causes diseases, harms our environment, and damages workplaces and homes. Outdoor air is not the only concern; indoor air can be up to five times more polluted.

At home or at work St. Louisans contribute to healthier air when they:

  • Drive less, walk more, take public transit
  • Choose energy-efficient electronics and appliances
  • Recycle and reuse
  • Select products that are environmentally responsible
  • Interest their company in ‘green’ building ideas
  • Join organizations involved in air quality control

The St. Louis Community Air Project (CAP) works with local organizations, to “improve residents’ health by identifying and reducing air pollutants in St. Louis urban areas.”

CAP partners with St. Louis Public Library to increase community awareness by funding information kiosks and timeley materials at the Library’s Central, Barr, Carpenter, and Julia Davis locations. Each kiosk is filled with ideas to help St. Louisans clean up the air…to make every day a green air quality day.



Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff