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 […]
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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, […]
For Donald Trump, telling a lie is as natural as drawing a breath. The man lies so frequently and so reflexively that it’s hard to keep track, but this double whopper from October deserves to be revisited: “I want the cleanest air on the planet, and our air now is cleaner than it’s ever been.” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The state of California has again been named by the American Lung Association as the US state with the worst air quality — mostly as a result of having the highest ozone/smog levels out of any state in the country, but also high particle pollution levels. By James Ayre What that means is that California […]
In a surprise move, president Obama calls a halt on planned EPA regulation tightening ground-level ozone standards, delighting his opponents while mystifying his environmental supporters.
Why is the President now siding with polluters? The White House claims clean air protections would be too expensive. But this is a farce. Letting the polluters off the hook won’t save lives, won’t create jobs and won’t fuel innovation. It will, however, endanger the health and lives of children and seniors.
Mexico may be planting green roofs, but that may not be enough. A new study came out on Monday saying that the dense smog over many parts of Mexico is shortening Mexicans’ lives by a whole two years.
The proposed 500,000 square feet of green roofs are part of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard’s $5.5 billion Green Plan, which also plans to reduce traffic in the crowded city.
According to a survey of 1,000 American adults, local and national environmental issues are of more concern, than global issues like global warming and climate change.
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 […]