Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Republicans are engaging in smog and mirrors on climate.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 2:00 pm

“CLIMATE CHANGE can no longer be denied,” President Obama said in Everglades National Park on Wednesday. “It can’t be edited out. It can’t be omitted from the conversation.” No matter how much, Mr. Obama might have added, Republican presidential hopefuls would like to neglect the matter.

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Park service says Utah should crack down on coal-fired power stations to clear air over Zion, Bryce.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 2:00 pm

On clear days, Zion National Park visitors at Lava Point can see Mount Trumbull 70 miles to the south near the Grand Canyon. Such days, however, are troublingly rare. Air pollution obscures Zion’s vistas 80 percent of the time, according to the National Park Service (NPS).

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780,000 chemical weapons being destroyed in Colorado.
Saturday April 25th 2015, 2:00 pm

Workers have begun destroying a massive stockpile of American chemical weapons stored at a former Army munitions depot near Colorado’s ninth-largest city, blasting the artillery rounds open with explosives and neutralizing them with solvents.

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Watchdog or lapdog of Big Oil?
Friday April 24th 2015, 2:00 pm

Jerry Brown perhaps should put his DOGGR to sleep. Not his family dog, Sutter, but DOGGR — the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources — the 100-year-old agency that’s been handing out permits for drilling in the Central Valley without records, oversight or enforcement of 21st century environmental laws.

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Senate bill would overhaul air rules, potentially limiting EPA requirements.
Friday April 24th 2015, 2:00 pm

The North Carolina Senate passed legislation this week that would scramble the state’s current regimen of air toxics rules.

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Fracking hearing airs claims about conflicts of interest, ‘misinformation.’
Friday April 24th 2015, 2:00 pm

Science ‘overwhelmingly shows’ practice can be done safely, says chairman of a House committee that increasingly favors pro-industry witnesses.

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Coal faces a day of reckoning in New Mexico.
Friday April 24th 2015, 2:00 pm

The decision over the future of the San Juan coal plant could reverberate through the entire coal industry and could also steer debate over renewables.

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Weak monsoon may cause spike in India air pollution levels this year.
Friday April 24th 2015, 2:00 pm

The weather office’s forecast of a weak monsoon this year could lead to a spike in air pollution in many Indian cities, including Delhi and its suburbs, for a second straight year, says a state weather analysis institute.

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Tanning salons play down hazards, lawsuits claim.
Friday April 24th 2015, 2:00 pm

New York’s attorney general filed lawsuits against two popular indoor tanning salon chains accusing them of playing down the hazards associated with indoor tanning and promoting the practice as healthful.

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Singapore can take lead as low-carbon investor.
Friday April 24th 2015, 2:00 pm

As Singapore pulls together the plan that it will submit to the United Nations climate talks taking place later this year, it might want to consider how it uses its national assets to achieve climate goals, in particular through the investment activities of its sovereign wealth funds.

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S.A. congressman denies problems from fracking.
Friday April 24th 2015, 2:00 pm

Amid criticism from Democratic colleagues, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith used a hearing Thursday of the House Science Committee, of which he is chairman, to condemn efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency and critics to slow hydraulic fracturing.

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