Protecting Earth’s Atmosphere


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Beyond the Light Switch: Part 1  | 2015 | PBS | 56:46 minutes


flyfifer  | 2006 | The Coriolis Force | YouTube | 0:20 Minutes

Description: “The Force which is exerted on mass due to rotation of the Earth. Neat stuff to dispel the myth that water runs away one way in the Northern Hemisphere and the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere!”


U.S. EPA | 2016 | Overview of the Clean Air Act and Air Pollution | United States Environmental Protection Agency

Description: “Actions to implement the Clean Air Act have achieved dramatic reductions in air pollution, preventing hundreds of thousands of cases of serious health effects each year.”


Meganmorales652  | 2007 | Simple Electric Generator | YouTube | 2:33 Minutes


DPTV Documentaries | 2012 | Beyond the Light Switch – Coal  | PBS | 17:29 Minutes

Description: “Carbon capture and storage promises to clean up coal’s carbon emissions. But it’s expensive, takes up a lot of real estate and has never been proven to work at commercial scale. Beyond The Light Switch examines the feasibility of attaching CCS units to every coal-fired plant in America.”


Peter Miller | November 20, 2014 | Stunning NASA Visualization Reveals Secret Swirling of Carbon Dioxide | National Geographic and NASA

Description: “The new simulation tracks the invisible gas that’s warming the planet.”


U.S. EPA | AirNow – Local Air Quality Conditions 

Description: The AirNow Map Center tracks the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the United States and Puerto Rico. The AQI combines concentrations of PM and O3 to determine how safe air quality is for the general and sensitive portions of the population. Type in a zip code to see the local air quality and forecasted air quality for that region.


U.S. EPA | 2016 | EPA Superfund Program: LIBBY ASBESTOS SITE, LIBBY, MT | United States Environmental Protection Agency

Description: “The Libby Asbestos site is located in Libby in Lincoln County, Montana. In the early 1920s, the Zonolite Company began vermiculite ore mining operations in Libby. Vermiculite from the Libby mine, bought by W.R. Grace in 1963, was contaminated with a toxic and highly friable form of asbestos called tremolite-actinolite series asbestos, often called Libby amphibole asbestos (LA). LA has been observed in air (indoor and outdoor ambient), vermiculite insulation and bulk materials, indoor dust, soil, water, animal and fish tissue and various other media in Libby. Investigation and cleanup of the site is ongoing and cleanup at portions of the site is complete.”


Kirk Johnson | May 8, 2009 | Chemical Company is Quitted in Asbestos Case | The New York Times

Description: “W.R. Grace and three of its executives were acquitted on all criminal charges that they had knowingly contaminated a Montana mining town.”


Markdatlin | 2007 | Introduction to Asbestos from 1959 | YouTube | 2:31 Minutes

Description: “This clip is from the 1959 film, “Asbestos: a Matter of Time,” by the Bureau of Mines (US Department of the Interior.) The entire film is available on GoggleVideo. This clip describes key properties of asbestos and some of its uses in the 1950s. Inhaling asbestos dust, can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and esothelioma. Asbestos manufacturers knew of these diseases by the 1930s. Tens of thousands of (mostly) workers have been made sick and died from asbestos exposure. For more information, go to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) website –

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