Legal NGO ClientEarth to take the government back to court if it fails to set out a new range of measures to tackle Britain’s toxic air. The Guardian.
Top Air News
Did you wake up to a ghostly red sun today or witness a strange red hue to the sky on your lunch break or as you left work? Many people in England reported the phenomenon on Monday morning - and it appears to have been caused by Hurricane Ophelia. The Telegraph, United Kingdom.
The Indian government ordered diesel generators and a power plant in Delhi to be shut down on Tuesday as air quality in the capital deteriorated ahead of the Hindu festival of lights, when a night of firecrackers sends pollution levels rocketing. Reuters.
Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found. CNN.
Our Reporting on Air
Breathing dirty air and living in stress combine to increase the likelihood NYC kids will have a behavior disorder. Environmental Health News.
Stronger storms over the Great Plains—likely induced by climate change—may be chipping away at the key life-protecting layer of our atmosphere. Daily Climate.
Swapping out coal energy for solar would prevent 52,000 premature deaths in the United States every year. Daily Climate.
As the state bats around a bill shielding hog farms from some nuisance lawsuits, new evidence filed in court last week finds harmful bacteria on homes near large confinement farms. Environmental Health News.
Sarnia and its environs are home to 57 polluters. Yet the government has never done a baseline study to see how residents are affected and its reporting system on chemical leaks appears lax. more…
As raging wildfires devour the lives, homes and dreams of Californians in an unprecedented scale, one voice has been conspicuously mute: President Trump. more…
A warming climate and polluted air are all we have to gain from keeping dirty power plants running. more…
Climate and air pollution
As climate-change fuels increasingly large and frequent wildfires that hit closer and closer to densely populated urban centers, the smoke they produce is becoming a public health crisis. Wired.
As China battles the twin challenges of rapid city growth and extreme weather, it is adopting a new tactic: Turning its cities into giant sponges. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Wildfires in the Pacific Northwest this summer gave rise to dangerous air quality throughout the region, and generated plumes of smoke that spread across vast swaths of North America. New York Times.
Three million Utahns will be the victims if clean cars are run off the road by the clown car at the White House. more…
As farmers seek monetary help, and have openly flouted the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal on burning of paddy straw, a direct confrontation between the agitating farmers and the government is on the anvil. more…
Air pollution from the Hunter Valley coal mines gets so bad for Wendy Wales on occasion that she has called neighbours warning them of a bushfire, mistaking the dust for smoke. Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
Air pollution in American cities may have been even worse than historians thought. Washington Post.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is pushing to overhaul stringent limits on lung-damaging pollution from some of the last coal-fired power plants in Illinois. Chicago Tribune, Illinois.
Pollution peak arrives early as factories in Hebei ramp up production. South China Morning Post, China.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signaled a renewed effort to challenge an air pollution permitting program, known as New Source Review, through a task force that is looking to provide “certainty” to industry. Bloomberg BNA.
Solutions and Good News
A bike-share startup has developed a bike that can collect polluted air, purify it, and release the clean air around the cyclist. Quartz.
Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine. Reuters.
In pockets of China’s industrial heartland, a government push to clean up the environment and cut excess output is starting to bite: Furnaces have gone cold, the lights have been switched off, migrant workers are drifting back home. Bloomberg News.
Dirty air resulted in the premature deaths of more than 500,000 people in the European Union in 2014, the European Environment Agency reports. Deutsche Welle, Germany.
In China, a culture of environmental awareness is breaking through the smog. And leading the charge is He Qiaonv, one of the country’s wealthiest women and most ardent conservationists. Bloomberg News.
Petrol and diesels vehicles will be banned from Oxford city centre under plans to bring in what officials believe would be the world’s first zero-emissions zone. The Guardian.
A new plan to accelerate production of biofuels for passenger planes has drawn stinging criticism from environmentalists who argue that most of the world’s rainforests might have to be cleared to produce the necessary crops. The Guardian.
An army of firefighters with a larger aerial arsenal at their disposal held made some gains Saturday on devastating wildfires ravaging Wine Country, but a rising death toll offered clear reminder of the peril that still grips the region. Santa Rosa Press Democrat, California.
It can be challenging to put the devastation of the Wine Country fires into perspective, but when viewed from such great heights, one's cognitive distance quickly shrinks. San Francisco Chronicle, California.
The reach of the blazes is spreading dramatically further by the day, as thick plumes of smoke blow through population centers across the Bay Area. New York Times.
Home Depot is sold out of face masks, people sleeping in shelters have bandanas tied around their faces. USA Today.
Editor comments: Think health aftermath of 9-11. Burning construction materials and household goods is likely to have lasting health consequences for residents and first responders. -JPM
In just the past two days fires in California’s wine country are thought to have produced as much small particulate matter as all the vehicles in the state produce in a year. Reno Gazette-Journal, Nevada.
For decades Big Bend's stunning vistas have been compromised by poor air quality that Texas, working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, is supposed to address. The Guardian.