By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss
Not surprisingly, there are thousands of “green” apps out there that make it easier for people to find and share information to help us all become better stewards of the natural environment. The American Lung Association’s State of the Air app (www.lung.org/healthy-air/outdoor/state-of-the-air/app.html) shows live color-coded air quality maps for any U.S. location and includes both ozone and particulate pollution counts. The app also provides air quality alerts, short-term forecasts, opportunities to learn more about air quality risks and how to contact lawmakers to push for more stringent pollution regulations. Another way to find out who’s emitting what nearby is via A Mobile Future’s (www.amobilefuture.com), a free app that compiles information from various pollution databases around the world and then shows users which big polluters are emitting what near them. Coverage includes 1,380 cities, mostly in Europe and the U.S.
Ethical shoppers will appreciate the GoodGuide (www.goodguide.com), a free app that shows how any of 120,000 food, personal care and household products stack up in terms of sustainability, fair wages and even health risks. Continue Reading →