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How can I get a plastic shopping bag out of my tree?

There's the remnant of a plastic shopping bag caught in a tree in my backyard. It bothers me. It's about 20 feet (maybe 25 feet) off the ground. It's not visible in summer, but very visible in winter. Here are a couple of photos. The bag is circled in red. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Dec 20, 2014 - 10 answers

How far do I need to be from a highway/parkway to no longer hear it?

How far do I need to be from a highway/parkway to no longer hear it? I hope to use this information to look at a map and find the nearest place that will be quiet in the middle of the night, to record sound. Local road noise or the occasional passing car is not a concern, just highways and parkways that will be busy all night.
posted by xo on Nov 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Evaluating air quality risks to infants

We are thinking about starting a family, but are concerned that our house is too near the highway and some other industry for a potential infant. How do we figure out if it is so bad that we should definitely move first? [more inside]
posted by slidell on May 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Thames Oysters

Oysters were a common food stuff for the poor in victorian london. They grew in the thames and were so cheap that there were riots amongst the poor demanding to be fed something other than oyster or salmon. My question is, how far up the Thames will Oysters grow? I've heard anecdotes of oysters at Hampton Court palace? Can this be true? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Apr 11, 2014 - 5 answers

How to deal with air pollution in Beijing?

I am heading to Beijing this month where the air pollution is notoriously apalling. Yesterday the air quality index reached a level which was double the level at which Salt Lake City doctors recently declared as a healthy emergency. Earlier this year it reached a level which was double that again. Does anyone have any tips about how to deal with this? Is there any evidence those face masks actually help? Any other contraptions or medication that help ward off the effects? I certainly won't be jogging outside.
posted by vizsla on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

How to protect an infant from hazardous smog?

Where can we find a N95 respirator mask for a small infant, and how else can we protect a baby from very polluted air? [more inside]
posted by aielen on Jun 20, 2013 - 10 answers

What's the weird smell along I-5 in Seattle?

For years I've noticed a weird smell when driving south on I-5 in Seattle, just south of the West Seattle Bridge. It's precisely the smell I've always associated with worn brake pads– since there are a number of small manufacturing businesses along that stretch, I've just assumed one of them was making something stinky. Well, now I live on Beacon Hill a few hundred yards from that spot, and we smell it ALL THE TIME. What is that smell, and could it be a health issue? Thanks!
posted by carterk on Jun 11, 2013 - 9 answers

The company located next to my house won't stop spraying paint fumes.

The company located next my house sprays noxious paint fumes into the air and my yard. Despite years of trying to get them to stop, they haven't. What are the next steps to take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2013 - 16 answers

How far do you need to be from a busy highway to grow edible plants?

Looking around at houses for sale in a high-traffic area (NYC suburbs). I-95 runs through all of the towns. What's the minimum distance I'd want the property to be from 95, in order to grow an edible vegetable garden (in raised beds)?
posted by xo on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Wildlife and Modern America...give me a primer.

Do you know of any good resources providing data on how industrialization, urban expansion and / or hunting affects wildlife populations and ecosystems in the United States? Also interested in how conservation efforts do or do not produce a stabilizing effect. [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

noise regulation fail stories needed!

Is there a place (or places) on the internet where people post either 1) their complaints towards noise problems that local noise regulations somehow could not mitigate or 2) their experiences of, say, calling 311 only to find the noise stopped by the time a police responds? Mainly, I am looking for real people rants (letters, stories, etc) that are already in public, that demonstrates the limits to existing noise regulation systems. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Apr 27, 2012 - 1 answer

Birds in a Treeless City

Looking for information about birds in Asia that were discovered making nests out of pieces of hardare, because there were no trees left. [more inside]
posted by space cat on Apr 11, 2012 - 3 answers

What is the best way to test the air quality in my house?

For the past three years, my wife has been sick. constant respiratory issues that have grown into asthma and whatnot. We have been dealing with it for sometime, and it dawned on us, that it started right around when we moved into our current house ( I know, we are a bit dense). [more inside]
posted by brent_h on Jan 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Noise & cats not mixing - help!

How can I keep my cats calm during very, VERY noisy construction outside our apartment. [more inside]
posted by xetere on Jan 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Avoiding Black Lung

Ozone-free air purifier for apartment on busy street? [more inside]
posted by mia_farrow on Sep 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Help us reduce our new home's train noise problem.

Help me (please) soundproof our new home against the trains that run right behind our house. Materials, strategies, tips: all are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on May 29, 2011 - 24 answers

Getting the Lead Out

We just got back soil test results for our new garden, and the lead levels are unfortunately pretty high (around 800 ppm). Now what? [more inside]
posted by tau_ceti on May 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Examples of environmental (in)justice in Mexico, Cuba, and/or northern South America?

Looking for examples of environmental (in)justice in Mexico, Cuba, and/or northern South America. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Is city rainwater "dirtier" than country rainwater?

Is city rainwater "dirtier" than country rainwater? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Less immoral carbon offset scheme for a reluctant traveler

Dear mefites, I've got an unavoidable carbon-heavy trip ahead of me, and am feeling terribly guilty about it. I'm against carbon offsetting for companies on the whole, and am wary about it on the individual level. People excusing polluting by saying "hey, I'm planting trees" is silly. However, three of us can't avoid taking three flights and a ferry trip next year, and would like to put some money towards a project that will reduce more carbon than we are responsible for. So, what to do? [more inside]
posted by ingridbroad on Oct 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Living near busy streets in Berkeley - effect on child's long-term health?

I'm considering moving in the next few months to a fairly busy avenue in Berkeley - Ashby Avenue, between Adeline Street and Telegraph Avenue. It has two lanes of traffic - one each way - and averages about 19,000 cars a day. I'm worried after reading a few articles - including Black Lung Lofts in the LA Weekly, the Children's Health Study (skimmed it, but couldn't decipher it all) they refer to and others - that living there might have bad long-term effects on my young son's health. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by mistersix on Oct 4, 2010 - 8 answers

I want to learn more about unnatural disasters.

What are some great environmental documentary films and/or series? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Sep 25, 2010 - 16 answers

A coronal mass ejection question.

What are the odds that I'll see the northern lights? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Aug 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Tasty tasty fumes, boring houses

How can I weigh the exercise benefits gained from walking against the damage caused by breathing exhaust? I like walking along busy city streets for miles, and I don't want to switch to quieter/duller residential roads, but I'm wondering if I should. [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

What the heck is a "ton of carbon in the air?"

Help me visualize CO2 pollution. When we say we're spewing "tons of carbon" into the air, what does that look like? What does it mean when you measure a gas in tons? If I magically compressed a ton of carbon that's in the air to a density of, say, the graphite in pencil lead, what are the dimensions of that brick of carbon?
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jan 28, 2010 - 18 answers

I Can Haz Clean Air

What is the best air filtration/purification system for a 1 bedroom apt. in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Dec 18, 2009 - 11 answers

Enough with the honking, seriously.

Why are all these trucks honking in downtown Los Angeles? FOR HOURS. [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Dec 15, 2009 - 3 answers

can a block of salt really clean the air?

Will my new Himalayan salt block lamp really clean the air? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Oct 22, 2009 - 15 answers

Swimming in the Ottawa river?

Is the Ottawa river good for swimming in? [more inside]
posted by ~ on Aug 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Mystery vials on lamp post.

What are these odd little vials? [more inside]
posted by lucidium on Mar 27, 2009 - 5 answers

[Child Book Filter] 70s Children's Book on Pollution

Does anyone remember the name of a children's book that was a cautionary tale against air pollution? I remember it being a soft cover book w/ that was short and wide. Pictures of factory(s) and people getting and wearing gas masks (as well as dogs)! I can't remember the ending but hopefully my description suffices.
posted by gnash on Jan 16, 2009 - 13 answers

What happens to a candle's wax?

When a candle is burnt indoors, what happens to the wax? An amount of smoke equivalent to the mass of the candle is released as it's burnt (?)--does this manage to escape the house, or does most of it stay in the room and coat the walls, floors, ceiling, etc.?
posted by mstillwell on Nov 23, 2008 - 25 answers

Get New York to stop honking?

How do I get people in my neighborhood to stop honking? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair on Oct 5, 2008 - 20 answers

My eyes, they burn.

We have a street lamp in front of our house that seems inordinately bright. We currently have cardboard in our windows to keep the light out so we can sleep at night. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 8, 2008 - 26 answers

"I've been out before but this time it's much safer in."

As an inveterate L.A. bike commuter (not to mention recently losing a close family member to cancer), this article made me wonder what sort of tests I should be having to measure the impact of particulate air pollution on my body. Recommendations? And how often? (I'm biking 30 miles a day in rush-hour traffic, year-round.)
posted by mykescipark on Jul 29, 2008 - 1 answer

What can I do to legally stop exploratory natural gas drilling within 1000 feet of my neighborhood?

What can I do to legally stop exploratory natural gas drilling within 1000 feet of my neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on May 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Living close to a freeway in the Central Valley: asthma for sure?

I have mild asthma. My wife and I live in California's Central Valley, and are considering moving to a place that's within 500 feet of Interstate 5. Would living so close to a busy freeway in the valley all but guarantee that our four month-old son develops asthma? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Mar 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Bundle or burn?

Which makes more sense environmentally, heating with our waste paper or recycling it? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Feb 24, 2008 - 20 answers

Toxic Inhahler

Where can I learn more about professional (or semi-professional) equipment for testing the levels of indoor air toxins like carbon monoxide, radon, mold, VOCs, etc.? Here's a Talk of the Nation show that addresses the need, if it helps.
posted by glibhamdreck on Feb 18, 2008 - 8 answers

I may have discovered some illegal waste dumping. Now what?

How to verify and report potential illegal hazardous waste dumping? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2007 - 17 answers

Seeing the industrial and political landscape of the southwest

I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Sep 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Best places to stargaze in the Midwest US?

I am trying to organize a short camping trip with a friend. We would like to go somewhere in Southeastern Missouri, Southern Illinois or Southwestern Kentucky where there is little to no light pollution. Our plan is to spend some time photographing the stars, particularly the band of the Milky Way that's visible here on Earth when skies are clear. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman on Jul 25, 2007 - 12 answers

3rd floor windows show water spots

How do I clean the outside of windows on my third-floor apartment? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo on Apr 21, 2007 - 5 answers

Webstat Pollution is Driving Me Insane

Blogger is polluting my webstats. Hivemind, please hope me. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Apr 19, 2007 - 10 answers

Coppery/iron-like smell in the air after it rains?

Where I grew up in a suburb of LA, a coppery/iron-like smell, reminiscent of pennies or blood, would always waft unpleasantly through the air after it rained. I could never locate its source. Has anyone else had this experience, and what causes this?
posted by shivohum on Apr 6, 2007 - 18 answers

No smoke or smell from crematoriums?

How come there is no smoke or cooking flesh smell coming from crematoriums? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Mar 10, 2007 - 16 answers

Living downwind of a power plant?

I just rented workspace/artspace which is directly downwind of the huge coal-fired power plant. (Didn't realize it until after I signed the lease). Short of moving, what steps can I take to minimize the negative health effects of the situation.
posted by Bighappyfunhouse on Feb 15, 2007 - 6 answers

chicagofilter: that noise is driving me nuts. what can I do about it?

chicagofilter: that noise is driving me nuts. what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Oct 4, 2006 - 17 answers

Does it filter out the flouride?

Calculate the overall lifetime dollar value of using a Brita (or similar filter) versus the costs and savings, including general impact on healthcare costs, etc, associated with using tap water. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow on Jul 12, 2006 - 27 answers

Training / running in smog - should I even run?

Training / running in smog - should I even run? [more inside]
posted by arrowhead on Mar 29, 2006 - 8 answers

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