Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

legislature acts to ease reentry into regional greenhouse gas initiative.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The Legislature yesterday moved on two fronts to prevent the state Department of Environmental Protection from repealing rules that let New Jersey formally opt out of a regional program designed to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Tobacco company bans smoking in the office.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

At tobacco company Reynolds American, snuffing out smoke in employees’ offices is just starting to happen.

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The Cuomo Record: Environment.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

New York’s Governor Cuomo has attracted attention throughout his tenure for delaying action on hot button environmental issues. Nowhere is this more glaring, of course, than the question of whether to permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has been a looming issue his entire term.

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Taiwan’s ocean program reels from loss of ship, scientists.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The sinking of Taiwan’s Ocean Researcher V on 10 October, barely a day into a cruise to study atmospheric pollution, not only claimed the lives of two scientists but also dealt the nation’s ocean research program a devastating blow.

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Pollution level increases in India post-Diwali.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Pollution levels have risen significantly following the excessive use of fireworks during Diwali. Bursting of firecrackers added to the air, noise and garbage pollution even as massive awareness drives advocating a noiseless and pollution free festival were conducted.

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New report concludes risks of oil train spills are real.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Mile-long oil trains that are expected to crisscross California daily in the coming years pose significant risks to residents of urban areas, including Sacramento, a new report concludes, contradicting earlier studies that found no major safety concerns.

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NJ lawmakers OK resolution aimed at blocking Christie decision to pull out of greenhouse gas initiative.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Frustrated by Governor Christie’s move to take New Jersey out of a multistate program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Democrats pushed ahead Thursday with their latest plan to challenge the governor on climate change.

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Mapping New Jersey’s largest sources of greenhouse-gas emissions.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Greenhouse-gas emissions in New Jersey increased in 2013 for the first time since at least 2010, although the total amount of gases released was still lower than four years ago, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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How the French fight global warming.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

. The French have decided to take a stand and fight by unplugging 25 percent of their electricity supply. Earlier this month, the lower house of the French Parliament passed a long-debated “energy transition” bill that would replace the one renewable electricity source that provides efficient, affordable energy—nuclear power.

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Gulf Power contests new pollution rules.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Pensacola-based Gulf Power is objecting to new carbon emission reduction standards for electric utilities being proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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Greg Abbott among climate change skeptics.
Friday October 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

As the likely next governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, if elected, will be in a unique position to lead on climate change, including finding solutions for industry. A good start would be dropping this charade of climate doubt and being honest about what climate science might mean for Texas.

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