North Portland Piglash!

Who doesn't love BBQ? As many know, you don't have to travel to Texas to satisfy your cravings; a trip up N. Williams is all it takes. Is this my most 'popular' FaceBook post ever? It's on its way to 2,000 views. Then the backlash struck; the "Piglash" I'm calling it. All the petty and entitled comments, the rants and the implied threats. Which didn't bother me, but did my wife. We reached out to FaceBook for help; They removed the comment that shared my name, phone number and precise address With it went the implied threat. All over some smoked ribs. ...

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Air Purifier Wrap Up

We all want clean air and our homes are the best place to control our environment. But instead of 3 or 4 air purifiers, wouldn't a dozen houseplants do the job just as well? Apparently not: So there's no natural way to clean your personal air space. As I started this brief product review of 4 popular air purifiers I probably had some unrealistic expectations. It's been the season of the Portland air pollution crisis, so I wondered if I could hedge my bets, keep my own space pristine. All 4 of my new air purifiers are out to clean the air of particulates. ...

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Air Pollution and Human Health

Over time we learn and for the most part, toxics like lead and asbestos disappear from the environment, yet there's more that needs to be done. Driving our cars pollutes our environment. Wood fires, whether for home heating or recreation, pollute. Industry pollutes. Where can we focus first to reduce toxics in our environment and improve public health? Some say it's a balancing act – that we have to balance industry's economic impact, the jobs in the community, but increasingly we all take stock. What are the total costs of polluting the environment and who ...

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Beach Bonfires

The coastline in most places is considered a treasured resource to be protected for all to access. California is home to the most powerful agency of it's kind – the California Coastal Commission. Back in the days of Gidget, no one even knew cigarette smoking was a leading cause of cancer, let alone the harm of breathing smoke from beach bonfires. While it's hard to let go of nostalgic traditions, awareness of the impact of woodsmoke on human health has paved the way for regulation of beach bonfires and there's a growing trend towards use of cleaner fuels to make those ...

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Who we are

Zeus Cafe
We're a coalition of experts and advocates with broad knowledge of the harmful health effects of breathing woodsmoke. Our mission is to curtail woodsmoke as a component of air pollution, to protect air quality and public health. We seek to educate, influence and guide the process to phase out wood burning as a form of fuel and recreation.

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