Browsing the "smog" Tag

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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

“We want to breathe, too.” 8 downwind states sue EPA to block smog from 9 upwind states

For a long time, northeast and mid-Atlantic states have complained that pollution from coal-fired power plants and other sources has been carried eastward by the wind from their origins in other states. Consequences? More ground-level ozone that creates or worsens smog in the downwind states. By Meteor Blades Studies have shown smog to be especially harmful to […]

December 28th

Pruitt dumps Clean Power Plan. All hail the Dirty Power Plan

Ignoring the future of the planet, the health of the people, and the job growth potential of renewable energy, Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt will sign a draft rule Tuesday repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP)  that was designed by the Obama administration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants. Pruitt, a climate-science […]

October 10th

Is China beginning a serious smog crack-down?

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection released a statement earlier today complaining that local governments haven’t been taking efforts to reduce air pollution seriously enough. These local officials, mostly at the county level and lower, have not shown “sufficient awareness of the importance, difficulty and urgency of air pollution prevention work.” By James Ayre  The statement comes […]

September 1st

EPA and Scott Pruitt will stop trying to make you breathe more smog. For now.

The US Environmental Protection Agency and its controversial administrator, Scott Pruitt, have been forced to back down from delaying the implementation of Obama-era regulations designating areas impacted by excessive levels of ground-level ozone, or smog. By Joshua S Hill  Only a day after the EPA was sued by 16 Democratic state attorneys general, Scott Pruitt and […]

August 8th

Thank You Bush for Weakening Smog Limits

Will we survive George W. Bush’s presidency? Not if you think clean air is necessary for your life and the life of the planet. Last week, Bush overruled the EPA’s efforts to set lower smog-forming ozone limits. Bush actually ordered the agency to increase the limit! According to the Grist, “the EPA set both the […]

March 19th