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Rikki Keenan Schmeeckle - SGT Coordinator and IT Director

Rikki Keenan Schmeeckle
Director of Marketing,
IT Administrator & SGT Coordinator

Who doesn’t love a warm cozy fire during the winter holiday season? Did you know that burning produces various compounds toxic to the environment including nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and particle pollution all of which affects our health? Get informed and inform those around you about the facts behind air quality and the effect it has on our health. You can visit ValleyAir.org to see Check Before You Burn forecast in your area.

Key Facts

            Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. By reducing air pollution
Orange_Arrowlevels, countries can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma.

Orange_ArrowThe lower the levels of air pollution, the better the cardiovascular and respiratory health of the population will be, both long and short-term.

Orange_ArrowThe “WHO Air Quality Guidelines” provide an assessment of health effects of air pollution and thresholds for health-harmful pollution levels. Ambient (outdoor air pollution) in both cities and rural areas was estimated to cause 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012.

Red_ArrowSome 88% of those premature deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries, and the greatest number in the WHO Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions.

Red_ArrowPolicies and investments supporting cleaner transport, energy-efficient housing, power generation, industry and better municipal waste management would reduce key sources of urban outdoor air pollution.

Red_ArrowPolicies and investments supporting cleaner transport, energy-efficient housing, power generation, industry and better municipal waste management would reduce key sources of urban outdoor air pollution.

Blue_ArrowReducing outdoor emissions from household coal and biomass energy systems, agricultural waste incineration, forest fires and certain agro-forestry activities (e.g. charcoal production) would reduce key rural and peri-urban air pollution sources in developing regions.

Blue_ArrowReducing outdoor air pollution also reduces emissions of CO2 and short-lived climate pollutants such as black carbon particles and methane, thus contributing to the near- and long-term mitigation of climate change.

Blue_ArrowIn addition to outdoor air pollution, indoor smoke is a serious health risk for some 3 billion people who cook and heat their homes with biomass fuels and coal.

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For More Information contact Rikki Keenan Schmeeckle at 209.577.5757 or at RKeenan@ModChamber.org


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