EPA helps supermarkets switch to refrigerants that save money and lessen global warming. ClimateWire.
Top Air News
The field of conservation may be hemorrhaging passionate, qualified, and innovative young people. Mongabay.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reduced pollution while moving more cargo last year, according to new reports released this week. Long Beach Press-Telegram, California.
A report released this week by advocacy group Environmental Justice Australia presents a confronting analysis of toxic emissions from Australia’s coal-fired power plants. The Conversation, Australia.
Our Reporting on Air
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.
Old growth forests are increasingly rare in U.S. cities—protecting these health-boosting relics from bulldozers, invasives and apathy is no easy feat. Environmental Health News.
Hog farm dust already hurts farmworker lungs—new research says elevated CO2 could make it worse. Environmental Health News.
It had a good run. But the end is in sight for the machine that changed the world. more…
Why should New Yorkers care about what's going on in Maryland? Because what affects Maryland also is affecting the state's vast Adirondack Park. more…
Climate and air pollution
In 2015, massive fires burned across Indonesia, releasing hazardous smoke across neighboring countries. How close is the country to meeting its goal of reducing haze from future fires? Ensia.
Public health advocates say Minnesota utility regulators’ decision last month to increase the social cost of carbon will be important for dealing with the negative health impacts of climate change. Midwest Energy News, United States.
New research predicts that air pollution worsened by climate change will cost tens of thousands of lives if changes are not made. CBS News.
The only way to know exactly what’s in a wildfire’s smoke is to sample straight from the haze. Wired.
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. more…
The city’s brown skies feel like a preview of what’s to come for everyone if we don’t address climate change. more…
Daimler says diesel is worth fighting for but there is no comeback for the toxic technology and the fight must now be to save lives. more…
A wave of lawsuits across the world asks judges to do what governments have so far failed to do: aggressively confront global warming. New York Times.
Euracoal accuses the European Commission of using air pollution legislation to implement climate policy, in breach of procedural rules. Climate Home.
Environmental advocates urged the Trump administration on Monday to reverse course on its move to set aside an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. Associated Press.
The five plants will bring jobs to the area—but they will also cause a rise in pollution for the predominantly Black community. Colorlines.
Air quality in China worsened in the first half of 2017, with 338 cities including the capital Beijing on average reporting fewer clean air days due to winter pollution in January and February, an official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection said. Reuters.
Exposure to ozone, a powerful greenhouse gas and a widespread air pollutant in many major cities, may cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a new study of Chinese adults. Xinhua News Agency, China.
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.
After decades of work, green chemistry may be the answer to polluted sewage. Hakai Magazine.
The soot that comes out of a tailpipe is being used to create art. National Geographic News.
Led by the Port of San Diego, California’s dockyards are moving away from diesel machinery and plugging in. InsideClimate News.
There has been a decline in the number of people dying in Israel from diseases related to air pollution over the past decade, according to new data released by the Environmental Protection Ministry. Haaretz, Israel.
China's top steel-making province has pledged to fulfil capacity cutting targets for this year in steel, cement, coal and glass by the end of September, under efforts to tackle air pollution ahead of winter, an environment official said on Wednesday. Reuters.
German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow on Tuesday after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate. Reuters.
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. Reuters.
The UK is building so many rubbish-burning facilities that it may be impossible for the country to meet its recycling targets. It's a problem across incinerator-crazed northern Europe - and could expand the trash trade. Deutsche Welle, Germany.
Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Reuters Health.
In Guatemala, locally made cookstoves are helping combat toxic smoke—but economics and tradition keep many people from using them. National Geographic Magazine.
West Oakland has had an air pollution problem for years, and it’s taken a toll on residents. San Francisco KALW Public Radio, California.
New research suggests the best way to minimize your pollution exposure on the commute to and from work is to crank the air conditioning in your vehicle. United Press International.
Kids are getting more than just a ride at school drop-off zones, according to research from the University of Toronto. Metro Canada.