Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Analysis: Why climate change isn’t our biggest environmental problem, and why technology won’t save us.
Thursday August 17th 2017, 2:00 pm

Systemic change driven by moral awakening: it’s not just our last hope; it’s the only real hope we’ve ever had.

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Poor air quality is the true cost of coal.
Wednesday August 16th 2017, 2:00 pm

Smoky Sydney skies this week are a reminder of the cost air pollution is having on our community. While toxic emissions from coal-fired power stations go into the air we breathe, they also fly largely under the radar.

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Northern China air quality worsens in January-July.
Wednesday August 16th 2017, 2:00 pm

Air quality worsened in China’s northern region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei in the first seven months of this year, piling pressure on authorities to crack down on firms in their efforts to meet politically crucial 2017 pollution targets.

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Judge blocks 176-million ton coal mine expansion in Montana.
Wednesday August 16th 2017, 2:00 pm

A federal judge has blocked a proposed 176-million ton (159 million-metric ton) expansion of a central Montana coal mine in a ruling that criticized U.S. officials for downplaying the climate change impacts of the project and inflating its economic benefits.

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Colstrip ash pond cleanup will cost $138M, Talen Energy estimates.
Wednesday August 16th 2017, 2:00 pm

It’s estimated that every year 200 million gallons of contaminated water seeps from the ash ponds into the groundwater, rendering the groundwater undrinkable for the Colstrip community of about 2,300.

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An environmental threat: The East Chicago lead crisis one year later.
Wednesday August 16th 2017, 2:00 pm

It has been more than a year since Mayor Anthony Copeland informed more than 1,000 West Calumet Housing Complex residents it was in their “best interest to temporarily relocate” because of contaminated soil.

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US wind and solar power helped prevent up to 12,700 deaths in 2015.
Tuesday August 15th 2017, 2:00 pm

Air pollution is estimated to cut short the lives of 40,000 people a year in the UK.

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Pipeline protesters walk out of DEP hearing, calling it a ‘sham.’
Tuesday August 15th 2017, 2:00 pm

Dozens of people walked out of a Department of Environmental Protection hearing Monday in Lancaster County, while wearing surgical masks and accusing state regulators of failing to protect public health and safety.

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Three billion people cook over open fires ― with deadly consequences.
Tuesday August 15th 2017, 2:00 pm

In Guatemala, locally made cookstoves are helping combat toxic smoke—but economics and tradition keep many people from using them.

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The newer, greener Houston isn’t for everybody.
Tuesday August 15th 2017, 2:00 pm

While the city works to overcome its image as a dirty oil town, some neighborhoods remain solidly dominated by the petrochemical industry.

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Moss shows lead in air near demolished homes.
Tuesday August 15th 2017, 2:00 pm

USFS scientists launch second round of study evaluating air pollutants absorbed by moss.

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