Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

We drive 110 million miles a day in Valley? Really?
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The air in the San Joaquin Valley is improving even as the population expands and drives more miles, thanks to cleaner vehicles, advanced rules and billions of dollars invested in clean-air technology.  But don’t be lulled. We’re years away from achieving federal eight-hour ozone standards.

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US leads in number of people unconcerned about climate change and environmental disaster.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The U.S. leads the world in number of people who aren’t convinced climate change and other environmental concerns are disasters in the making, according to a new poll released this week.

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Sierra Club presses IPL to retire coal-fired power plant that’s Indianapolis’ biggest polluter.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The Sierra Club environmental group and its supporters say the 427-megawatt unit at Indianapolis Power & Light’s Harding Street complex threatens the public health with toxic emissions that cause respiratory woes in children, the elderly and others.

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Residents don’t trust Exide to live up to deal.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

A decision by state air quality regulators that could allow a controversial acid-lead battery recycling plant in Vernon to reopen by the end of the year is being met with anger by people living near the facility.

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Nurses, 1199 take up anti-Keystone cause in New York.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The New York State Nurses Association and 1199 SEIU, which together represent about 300,000 health care workers in New York, have announced they oppose the Keystone XL pipeline and will work to mobilize their members to join in the People’s Climate March in September.

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Fracking chemicals not on Canada’s pollutant list.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Environmentalists and legal experts are criticizing the federal government’s decision to leave toxic fracking chemicals off a list of pollutants going into Canada’s air, land and water.

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Europe stuck with coal unless UK takes action, campaigners warn.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Coal will remain a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe unless UK and EU policymakers take urgent action, campaign group Sandbag has warned today.

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Emergency official, residents say faster emergency warnings needed after North Dakota fire.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota’s booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours when a facility storing toxic chemicals exploded.

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Drought becomes top environmental priority for Californians.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

In a statewide poll conducted during the second week of July, more than a third of respondents (35 percent) cited water supply and drought as “the most important environmental issue facing California today.” That more than doubled the second most popular response, which was air pollution.

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Costs to decide when TEP plant gets off coal.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

A deal that was in the works for months is now official: The last coal-fired unit at Tucson Electric Power’s south-side power plant will run totally on natural gas by the end of 2017.

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Climate change ‘single biggest hindrance’ to human development.
Thursday July 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Climate change could be the “single biggest hindrance” to global development objectives such as poverty eradication, universal education, longer life expectancy, and the prevention of disease, according the latest Human Development Report 2014, launched in Tokyo on Thursday.

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