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Students measured air quality in San Diego communities

Students measured air quality in San Diego communities

This map highlights data collected from the SDSU sensor journalism class on air quality (PM 2.5 levels) from four neighborhoods in San Diego (Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Chollas Creek and Bankers Hill) collected in April 2015. Each student identified a location and visited it up to eight times to collect at least an hour of data each time. The locations ... Read More »

From the sensor beat

From the sensor beat

San Diego State students headed out into communities of San Diego to test the air and talk to the residents affected by varying levels of pollutants. The students were armed with homemade sensor kits to measure fine particles and gases. Here are their unvarnished accounts from the field: Barrio Logan Observations by Torrey Bailey (Sensor: Bot) During the month of April, ... Read More »

Alvarez’ personal story motivates his clean air efforts

Alvarez’ personal story motivates his clean air efforts

by Nancy Kirk | SDSU student David Alvarez, the councilman who represents southeastern San Diego, knows well how poor air quality can affect health. He attributes his own asthma to growing up in Barrio Logan. “My entire childhood, I lived next to a chrome plate shop,” Alvarez said. “The emissions from the exhaust landed into my front yard and my ... Read More »

Bankers Hill air quality in good shape

Bankers Hill air quality in good shape

by Patrick Carr | SDSU student Every morning, San Diego’s downtown and highways are clogged with commuters going to work. That puts a lot of pollution in the air around the community of Bankers Hill. The neighborhood is perched on a hill overlooking downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay. It is surrounded on three sides by major highways, and ... Read More »

Air pollutants contribute to Barrio Logan asthma rates

Air pollutants contribute to Barrio Logan asthma rates

By Torrey Bailey | SDSU student Asthma rates in Barrio Logan are among the highest in California, and although this condition cannot be attributed  to a single factor, data shows that air pollution affects health. A report released in 2014 by the California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) shows asthma-related hospital visits in the 92113 ZIP code fell within the highest 10th ... Read More »

Cooking worsens air inside

Cooking worsens air inside

by Jack Haworth | SDSU student When asked about poor air quality, people often talk about traffic, factories and wildfires, but their own homes could contain some of the worst air. Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif. found the cumulative total of indoor air pollutants is shown to cause serious health concerns. Gas and electric stoves ... Read More »

Sensor journalism 101

Sensor journalism 101

by Amy Schmitz Weiss | Associate Professor, SDSU School of Journalism and Media Studies What is a sensor? “A device that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure, or any one of a great number of other environmental phenomena. The output is generally a signal that ... Read More »

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