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2019 ozone season wraps up with no Ozone Alerts

During the 2019 ozone season (March 1–Oct. 31), an exceptionally rainy summer helped keep ground-level ozone in check. Ground-level ozone forms when emissions from vehicles, industry and other sources react with heat and sunlight. In 2019, our region recorded the wettest ozone season since 2001, with rainfall approximately 14 inches above normal. No Ozone Alerts […]

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Hundreds attend region’s first Climate Action Summit

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Climate Action KC coalition hosted its first Climate Action Summit at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. About 485 people attended the full-day event, and 725 were on hand for the afternoon keynote session, which was open to the public. Highlights of the summit included: A welcome by […]

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MoDNR provides funding to help reduce diesel emissions

Starting Oct. 1, interested applicants, including government agencies with diesel fleets, can apply for funding from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) to help reduce diesel emissions. In 2016, the U.S. reached a settlement agreement with Volkswagen related to its violation of Clean Air Act regulations for diesel emissions. MoDNR will award $41 million […]

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A prescription for proper disposal

Nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug regularly, and more than half take two, according to the Mayo Clinic. That translates to a large amount of leftover pills and prescription bottles that eventually have to go somewhere. In the Kansas City area, there are many safe disposal options. Lock ‘em up […]

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Jogging + picking up litter = PLOGGING

On Saturday Aug. 24, 81 “ploggers” participated in Kansas City’s first plogging event. Plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up litter, a practice that has become popular as concern spreads about litter washing into storm sewers, rivers and streams. The inaugural Plog-a-thon, sponsored by MARC’s Water Quality Public Education Committee with support from […]

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Let’s go plogging!

You’ve probably jogged before, but have you plogged? Plogging is a way to add bending and stretching to your exercise routine — and help improve water quality — by picking up litter while you go for a run. It’s a trend that started in Sweden in 2016 and is rapidly spreading to everywhere people want […]

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Collage of air-friendly activities

Summer activities are better with clean air

The start of the school year is only a few weeks away, so it may seem like summer is almost over. But there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy outdoor adventures across the Kansas City region. Warm weather is perfect for getting outside, but summer heat can also cause higher levels of ozone pollution […]

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HHW mobile collection events safely dispose of harmful waste

Danger. Warning. Caution. Flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive items in your home with those words on the label are hazardous waste. This type of waste can be harmful to your health and the environment if they are not properly used and managed. Household hazardous waste (HHW) such as paint, cleaners, lawn and garden products, automotive […]

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