CityViews 12/19/11: The Air We Breathe

Photo by Tim Brown


Segment 1:

Gray skies during December don’t always mean snow is on the way. Particulate matter from car exhaust, coal power plants and other businesses gets stuck in Utah valleys for days and weeks on end. What are the health consequences of extended exposure to dirty air?



Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment will conduct a public seminar on the latest medical research about chronic diseases caused by air pollution Monday, Dec. 19 at 2:45 p.m., Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 East, 400 South, 4th floor conference room. At 2 p.m., they will join Utah Moms for Clean Air to announce a lawsuit against Rio Tinto/Kennecott Utah Copper for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.



Segment 2:


A federal agency wants to ban use of electronics by people behind the wheel. That means no more cell calls or texts while driving. What’s the latest research on how cell phones distract us?



  • Dr. David Strayer, Professor of Cognitive and Neural Science, University of Utah
  1. JNP


    I lived in large, East Coast cities until 1999, when I moved here.

    I have since been diagnosed with asthma. I got “humidity” headaches in Ft. Lauderdale, they can’t compare to the ones I get here during inversions.

    With the current “anti-government” feelings rampant in the Republican Party, and the “get rid of” attitudes of departments like the EPA, will Conservatives here support work to reduce pollution?

    Pollution should not be a partisan issue. We all have to breathe the air and drink the water.


  2. JNP


    Walk through an airport and watch how people cannot walk through a crowd and text at the same time. Yet at 30MPH (which eats up 40 feet a second) they feel they are safe!
    Glenn Orthmann

  3. JNP

    From FB:

    Michel J Erdmann writes:

    I often wonder about the beauty of this valley 200 or even 100 years ago.

  4. JNP

    From FB:

    Bip Daniels writes:

    Jennifer, please bring up the need for a way to move the air into the west desert for less harmful dissipation.