Tag Archives: pollution

U.S. Aviation and Highway Noise Map

31 Aug

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Pretty fascinating map of a different kind of pollution: noise. This shows the relative decibels surrounding airports and highways. Yellow to red to blue gets louder and louder.

See the whole map of the entire United States here.

Basically, only Maine looks cool.


Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Complaint Map, 2017

2 Feb


The Public Herald produced an enlightening piece about how the number of complaints has skyrocketed since the Pennsylvania fracking boom, and how the DEP bungles looking into these complaints and doesn’t take them seriously.

The article is worth reading, to get a sense of how the state dismisses seemingly legitimate citizen concern in order to protect their corporate overlords.

This video sums up the article if you feel it’s TLDR.

Here’s a map of the complaints in Pennsylvania for context.


The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness

31 Jan


Just found a 3d map of worldwide light pollution in the night sky. The brighter the area, the harder it is to see the night sky. In the region, Cherry Springs State Park is reputed to have the darkest night sky in the northeast. However, the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia looks pretty dark.

Check out the map over at the New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky.

Visualize Pollution with AirVisual

30 Jan


You can view a real-time visualization of air pollution across the globe. This map shows an animated visualization of wind patterns and Air Quality Index (an index of combined ozone, PM2.5, PM10, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide).

As most of our wind comes from the west, you can see exactly how Ohio is mucking up our air, as pollution knows no state borders.

Be sure to click to see the mesmerizing map in action.

New app aims to crowdsource Pittsburgh’s bad smells

29 Sep


This is great. It has been very onerous to report industrial smells to the Allegheny County Health Department. It had always felt lonely as if you were the only one caring about the smell, and there was never feedback on your report from the County. This app will not only map where the reports are coming from so that you can see for yourself that you’re not crazy, but also will send the report to the County. This will also help the County better predict when to send inspectors.

Check out more, as reported in The Glassblock.

Major Sources of Industrial Air Pollution – Allegheny County

17 Aug

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Public Source published an interactive map of all of the places that are killing us in Allegheny County.


Total Lifetime Cancer Risk from all hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)

26 Mar


Yeesh…People living in Pittsburgh and Allegheny¬†County have twice the risk of developing cancer within their lifetimes than those who live in other areas of Pennsylvania, due to the unique mixture of hazardous pollutants in the air they breathe

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