Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Air Pollution Isn't Just Bad for Your Health, It's Taking Food Off Your Plate
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 3:03 pm

Scientists have long predicted climate change would begin to cripple global food production as rising temperatures damage crops. Now a first-of-its kind study by MIT scientists shows that as the Earth warms, ozone pollution will eat into the yields of four crops that provide more than half the world’s calories. By 2050, the double whammy of climate change and ozone pollution could cut the supply …

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White House warns that delaying climate action will cost billions more.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

Failing to act quickly on climate change could dramatically increase the cost of stemming carbon emissions, the White House warns in a report today that tests a new political message about “climate insurance.”

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Volvo and Renault lead way as electric car sales double in EU.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

Electric cars are a crucial part of government policies tackling both air pollution and climate change, but car manufacturers have lobbied hard against rules to cut emissions.

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UK: Local councillors deny they took a fracking pay-off.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

Councillors have refuted allegations they were “paid off” by an energy firm which wants to frack on the Fylde.

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U.S. EPA kicks off hearings on power plant emissions rules.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency launched public hearings on Tuesday on its proposal to slash carbon emissions from the country’s power plants, and interested groups ranging from coal miners to senators made their views known.

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Toward a greener chemistry.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

As a young graduate of the University of British Columbia’s doctoral program in chemistry, Philip Jessop’s first job was at Research Development Corp. in Japan. But when his boss, Ryoji Noyori, suggested he work on supercritical carbon dioxide, he says, “I had to go the library and look up what it was.”

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Plans could see diesel drivers face ‘pollution penalty’ in city centres.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

A congestion charge-style fee for diesel car drivers could be introduced in Yorkshire in a bid to tackle air pollution. Sheffield is one of 15 UK cities which are understood to be discussing proposals to mirror a scheme that is being considered for London.

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North Carolina gas drillers may gain exemptions from air pollution rules.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

As fracking starts up in North Carolina, there are loopholes that would allow for air pollution near fracking sites. The second of two stories exploring air pollution rules and loopholes as the process begins.

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New York aims to spark wood-for-heat plan.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

Cash incentives announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo are aimed at stimulating more heat in homes and businesses from “good, old-fashioned wood” harvested in the state, said state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

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McCarthy defends proposed carbon rule for power plants in advance of hearings.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy preemptively countered claims that proposed carbon dioxide standards for power plants would harm the economy as the agency prepares for a series of public hearings on the proposal.

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EPA hears praise, criticism of new air rules.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 2:00 pm

Sharply divergent views about the proposed rules were in evidence among the many different comments made as the EPA launched hearings Tuesday in Denver, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., on President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point.

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