Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Another Reason to Loathe Factory Farms: Massive Air Pollution
Thursday January 29th 2015, 8:07 pm

You probably already know that the giant factory farms on which the majority of American livestock today are condemned to live out their miserable lives aren’t exactly paradise for the animals—and you’re also likely aware that the enormous amount of waste these industrial-scale operations generate can contaminate local water supplies. Now the EPA is being forced to answer for its inaction in …

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Environmental groups sue California air district over crude by rail permit
Thursday January 29th 2015, 7:15 pm

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Environmental groups on Thursday sued the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District over a permit it issued last year that allowed crude-carrying trains to begin making deliveries at a terminal in Bakersfield, arguing the regulator failed to adequately vet the proposal. The plaintiffs asked the California Superior Court to declare the permit invalid and …

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Will 2015 be the turning point against climate change?
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

Climate change was at the heart of the talks between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, and the outcome may be more encouraging than widely believed for the make-or-break global climate summit in Paris at the end of the year.

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The cost of not caring: How inaction is making us sick.
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

You make people sick – by not taking action. It’s hard to put it like that, but it’s the truth. 1.3 million young people alone could still be alive, if somebody had cared.

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The Bay Area’s latest movement: Organic marijuana.
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

It seems only natural that consumers (technically “patients”) are getting pickier about where their weed comes from, worrying about pesticide use and the plant’s environmental footprint. Yes, there’s a growing movement in the Bay Area for organic pot.

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Connecticut’s summer air some of the worst on East Coast.
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

Data show Connecticut has some of the worst air quality on the East Coast and in the country – and it’s actually been getting worse in the last few years.

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China moves to limit coal glut.
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

China has slapped a moratorium on new coal mines in its eastern regions as it battles an enormous supply glut.

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At this New Delhi office, a greenhouse cleans the smoggy outdoor air.
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

Inside one New Delhi office building, there are four times more plants than people. The greenery makes up part of a natural filtration system: When the building sucks in the smoggy outdoor air in the world’s most polluted city, the plants help make it safe to breathe.

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‘Gutsy’ university chief to take on China’s pollution.
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

The president of Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University got the nod today as party chief of the environmental protection ministry. Observers say the move puts Chen Jining in line to be the next environmental-protection minister, a post that some call the most fraught in the Chinese government.

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Winter snow cover must be weighed against springtime lack, scientists say.
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

According to Rutgers scientists, in spring months there has been a steady decline in snow cover for the Northern Hemisphere. That, some scientists say, must be considered in determining the pace of climate change.

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US EPA chief seeks Vatican support on climate protection.
Thursday January 29th 2015, 2:00 pm

In a bid to bolster the Obama administration’s “moral” case for combating climate change, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency will meet senior Vatican officials on Friday to enlist papal support for its policies.

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