Monthly Archives: July 2011

A grim week for air quality in Delaware—and worse to come

Delaware is experiencing an ongoing "dangerous weather situation."

Monday (7/18/11):                official Code Orange day
Tuesday (7/19/11)                Code Yellow day (Delaware does not announce Code Yellow days)
Wednesday (7/20/11)           official Code Orange day
Thursday (7/21/11)               official Code Orange day
Friday (7/22/11)                    official Code Orange day

Bad air is likely to continue through the weekend. Continue reading

"Calls Mount to Investigate Bush Era Officials for Torture"


By Naseema Noor

WASHINGTON, Jul 12, 2011 (IPS) – Senior officials under the former George W. Bush administration knowingly authorised the torture of terrorism suspects held under United States custody, a Human Right Watch (HRW) report released here Tuesday revealed

Titled "Getting Away with Torture", the 107-page report presents a plethora of evidence that HRW says warrants criminal investigations against former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director George Tenet and Bush himself, among others.

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More bad air alerts: Where does the bad air really come from?

Shouldn’t it be safe for young children to play outside in the summertime?

From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (assembled from recent emails):

Code Orange Levels of Ozone Forecasted for Saturday, July 2, 2011

Code Orange Levels of Ozone Forecasted for Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Code Orange air quality forecast for ozone is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion. Continue reading

Belated recognition: passing of reporter Joyce Mullins

Joyce Mullins died on the 4th of July 2009.  I, and many other people who appreciated Joyce, didn’t know, possibly because The News Journal apparently never ran an obit.

Joyce was a for-real reporter.  She never, as far as I know, had a high-profile job or an especially wide audience for her work.  That was our loss. 

We depend on reporters–I include bloggers, etc–to hold up mirrors, making us, or at least giving us the opportunity, to see ourselves are we really are.  Continue reading

Code Orange bad air day Saturday, July 2, 2011

From the DNREC:

Code Orange Levels of Ozone Forecasted for Saturday, July 2, 2011
Saturday will be an Air Quality Action Day!
Mostly sunny, warm and increasingly humid on Saturday.  Stagnation through the morning hours, and a carry over of high pollutant concentrations from today, will push ozone into the Code Orange range.  Particle concentrations will also rise but remain in the moderate range.

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