Resources

ARTICLES:

HUMOR:

Leaf Blowers Unite! Sacramento Business Journal, Sept. 9. 2016

Measure V: Leaf Blower Armageddon,” by Bob Edwards, Sonoma Valley Sun, Sept. 1, 2016.

Hear what a real life leaf blower has to say in a recent article in The New Yorker: “I Am a Leaf Blower.”

John Humphries declares war on leaf blowers in the Daily Mail.

SONOMA LEAF BLOWER SAGA:

Why I’m  Voting YES on Measure V,” by Sarah Ford, Index-Tribune, October 2016.

The Leaf Blower Answer,” by Fred Allebach, Sonoma Valley Sun, Sept. 1, 2016.

Chicken Jerry’s Leaf Blower Revenge,” (go to page 108), Valley of the Moon Magazine, May 2016

It’s All Over but the Shouting,Sonoma Index-Tribune, March 8,  2016.

“City  Council Bans Gas leaf Blowers,” Sonoma Valley Sun, February 18, 2016.

Another Failure to lead,” Sonoma Valley Sun, October 6, 2015

“It Blows,Valley of the Moon Magazine, Sept. 25, 2015.

LEAF BLOWER EMISSIONS AND PARTICULATE MATTER (PM):

The Air District Report on Leaf Blower Health Risks

Harvard School of Public Health, Dec. 2014, fine particulate air pollution linked to higher autism risk

CA EPA Air Resources  Board, Particulate Matter Brochure, see #4 under “What can  you do?” – “Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment.”

Web MD blog, “Leaf Blowers Blow a Lot More Than Leaves.”

The American Lung Association (see #8)

Edmunds.com video demonstrating that leaf blowers’ emissions are worse than a Ford Raptor truck

The American Heart Association Scientific Statement on PM Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Health

MCMOW & BLOW:

Sierra Club newsletter on a backlash in Long Island against mow-and-blow landscaping.

NOISE:

Why leaf blowers are so annoying, Raise the Hammer web site, October 2010.

WAMU web site, Washington DC Composer Fights Leaf Blowers

The Best and Worst Leaf Blowers,” Consumer Reports:

At 1:46:  “Gasoline blowers are noisy. In our tests we measure noise in decibels at ear level and from 50 feet away to see how your yard clean-up sounds to your neighbor. Some gasoline leaf blowers can be as loud as a chain saw. But it’s not just the noise level, it’s the frequency, that annoying high-pitched screeching sound that makes these tools especially irritating to our ears.”  At 3:05:  “Consumer Reports tests find some [electric blowers] can sweep away leaves and debris almost as well as top-performing gasoline models. They may still be noisy, but from 50 away most are quieter than their gasoline cousins.”

“Hidden Hearing Loss” (Scientific American article)

SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING:

Use Your Leaves – Making Leaf Mold and Compost, Turkey Hill Farm blog post

National Wildlife Federation – “Why You should Leave the Leaves.”

HARM TO POLLINATORS FROM LEAF BLOWERS:

New York Times, Decline of Pollinators Poses Threat to Food Supply

GENERAL:

Comprehensive report from the Burlingame Citizen’s Environmental Council regarding leaf blowers.

Medical Society of New York Resolution to ban gas leaf blowers, 2016.

Orange County Grand Jury report on leaf blowers.

Press DemocratShepherd Bliss – Guest Opinion

Dr. Andrew Weil’s web site on Leaf Blowers

A doctor weighs in on leaf blowers, Marin Independent Journal, July 2014.

The Star Ledger (NJ), “Leaf Blowers and Liberty: Your Right to use One Ends where My Property Begins.”

The Guardian, December 2015, “Lawn Wars”

Huff Post, November  2014 “The Great Leaf Blower Divide

OTHER LEAF BLOWER GROUPS:

Quiet Communities  (Lincoln, MA)

Huntington CALM  (Huntington, NY)

Jim and Deb Fallows’ Washington, DC  Atlantic blog about community action, including leaf blowers

Go Green Wilmette (Illinois)

The Leaf Blower Alternative (Wilmette, IL)

Zero Air Pollution Los Angeles (ZAPLA)

Leaf Blowers Hurt Kids 

GREEN LANDSCAPERS, RESOURCES:

Get Reel Landscaping in Sonoma.

American Green Zone Alliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

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