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Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air and Water Director Dr. Eli Dueker installing the MetOne 212-2 particle profiler atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

Kingston is partnering with Bard College to monitor the city’s air quality. The Kingston Air Quality Initiative is providing hard data on one particular pollutant. The hope is that the information will help drive policy, shape development and educate the public.

Dr. Eli Dueker installing a MetOne 212-2 particle profiler at a field site atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

A city in New York’s Hudson Valley has teamed up with an area college for an air quality initiative.


Activists have stepped up their efforts to stop an Albany County cement plant from burning tires for fuel.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joins other officials to announce the results of the air quality study at Ezra Prentice.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long-awaited air quality study of Albany's South End neighborhood has been released. Officials say new city and state-led actions will help address air pollution in the area. 

1st ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs led the town hall-style meeting at Ezra Prentice.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

State officials are about to reveal the long-awaited results of an air monitoring study in Albany's South End.

American Lung Association

According to the American Lung Association, more than 140 million people are breathing unhealthy air — 7 million more than last year.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan addresses residents at Ezra Prentice Homes (May 31, 2018)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Theoretical recommendations on where trucks could be routed to avoid a residential area near the Port of Albany were unveiled Thursday. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the long-awaited meeting.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. Although the decision is good news for residents of the city's South End, tenants of the Ezra Prentice homes are still battling other environmental issues.

Empire State Plaza

Local officials are bringing their concerns about a proposed natural gas power plant in downtown Albany to power the Empire State Plaza to the governor.

Community leaders rallied outside the Governor’s Mansion on New Year’s Day to demand that Andrew Cuomo fulfill his commitment to Albany families to address growing pollution concerns.

Connecticut officials are forecasting poor air quality that will be unhealthy for sensitive groups including infants, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart ailments.

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association has released its annual State of the Air report tracking air quality across the country.  While there has been some improvement in areas of New York, the group says many residents’ health remains at risk from ozone and particle pollution.


New York environmental officials have proposed emission limits on the diesel generators and natural gas-fired engines generally used to provide back-up power at large buildings like hospitals and offices.

State health and environmental officials are urging New Yorkers to take steps to save energy and reduce smog following an air quality advisory Friday in the lower Hudson Valley.

The American Lung Association's 15th annual “State of the Air” report shows that poor air quality aggravated by climate change remains a significant public health concern.  New York figures are mixed.

The American Lung Association released its State of the Air 2013 report on Wednesday. Compiled with 2011 data, the report finds more than 131.8 million people in the U.S. live in counties with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.

Ozone and particle pollution grades have improved in upstate counties monitored. Seiler says that although the grades given are better than in previous years, they are not grades that any student would want to brag about, with a few exceptions.

Report: Ozone pollution still a problem in MA

Apr 25, 2012

More than a third of Massachusetts residents live in a county with failing air quality, according to a new study. WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill has more…

A report by the American Lung Association found that of the 12 Massachusetts' counties with air quality monitors, five have improved their grades for ozone pollution while six received an F.

Those counties that improved the ozone grade include Berkshire, Barnstable, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk,

Those counties receiving an "F'' for ozone pollution include Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester, Essex, Dukes and Bristol.