Pollution

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EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard

The COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown have temporarily produced clearer skies across the U.S. Meanwhile, however, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been busy finding reasons not to pursue long-lasting air quality gains. By H. Christopher Frey, North Carolina State University The Conversation On April 30, 2020, the agency published a proposed new rule that […]

Pollution kills 9 million people a year. How is that okay?

Last December, a Delhi man convicted of rape and murder stood in front of the Indian Supreme Court and argued that, in light of the city’s staggering pollution problem, he should be spared the death penalty. The air quality is “like a gas chamber,” he said in a petition. The water is “full of poison.” Why sentence […]

War on Science: WSJ attacks coronavirus pollution link health study for failing to use time travel (really!)

On Monday morning, the Guardian ran a great interview with climate journalist Emily Atkin. It opens with Atkin rather unapologetically declaring, “I’m sorry, but if you still refuse to see parallels between climate change and coronavirus then honestly you’re just stupid.” Always eager to prove its critics right, by Monday evening the Wall Street Journal published an […]

Cities with the worst air pollution in the US: LA, Bakersfield and Fresno

 This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, a landmark federal law responsible for dramatic improvements in air quality. Despite this, a new report from the American Lung Association reveals that nearly half of the nation’s population – 150 million people – “lived with and breathed polluted air, placing their health and […]

April 23rd

The Story Of Plastics is a must-see video for Earth Day

Over the past 50 years, plastics have wormed their way into our lives to such an extent that today we literally can’t live without them. One problem is that the raw materials we need to make most plastics from come from oil. A second problem is, they are so cheap and plentiful, we tend to […]

April 22nd

200,000 Americans die every year from air pollution

Below is an article I published in August 2017. As we consider perhaps more than ever how much different things cause death in the USA, I think it’s good to take note of the vast number of premature deaths that come as a result of air pollution — 200,000 a year in the United States. Also, […]

April 21st