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New EPA rules will reduce air pollution and help increase fuel economy

March 3rd, 2014

The EPA today announced new rules for car emissions, which the agency says will help clean the air, save lives and enable fuel efficiencies that will save American drivers a combined $1.7 trillion by 2025.

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Research on songbirds gives clues to air pollution in New York

September 9th, 2013

When you think of mercury pollution, you probably think of fish. But songbirds can also provide important data to studying air quality. The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the Biodiversity Research Institute to monitor mercury levels in songbirds throughout the state of New York.

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The true price of gas

June 14th, 2013

What is the true price of gasoline? It’s far more than you think when you step on the accelerator. This video shows the reckless reach of fossil fuel pollution.

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Manchester neighborhood in Houston: Ground zero for fossil fuel emissions

June 10th, 2013

This beautifully shot video of a poor neighborhood in Houston, gives a glimpse of how difficult life can be near the biggest oil hub in the U.S..

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Artist’s “Breathing Bike” a breath of fresh air in smoggy Beijing

April 1st, 2013

Amid record-breaking levels of air pollution, a Beijing-based British artist has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect himself against the city’s foul air while making a political point at the same time.

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Study: Smog rules could have saved thousands of lives every year

July 23rd, 2012

By declining to implement tougher regulations on smog last fall, President Obama rejected measures that could have saved several thousand lives a year and prevented millions of cases of asthma attacks and other acute respiratory problems, according to …

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Tyler Environmental Prize: Pollution’s effects far-reaching

May 9th, 2012

Two California scientists have been honored for their research into air pollution, outdoor and indoor. This year’s winners of the $200,000 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, John Seinfeld and Kirk Smith, have shown the far-reaching nature of the problem.

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EPA issues new standards that will curb mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants

December 21st, 2011

Public health advocates and environmentalists praised the Obama Administration for adopting standards for air pollution to reduce mercury and other toxics released mainly from power plants.

The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants, announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “are long overdue” and will help reduce the amounts of mercury, lead, arsenic and other pollutants that affect human health, American Lung Association leaders said.

“Since toxic air pollution from power plants can make people sick and cut lives short, the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are a huge victory for public health,” said Albert A. Rizzo, MD, National Volunteer Chair of the American Lung Association, and pulmonary and critical care physician in Newark, Delaware. “The Lung Association expects all oil and coal-fired power plants to act now to protect all Americans, especially our children, from the health risks imposed by these dangerous air pollutants.”

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High heat, low winds and car emissions create an ozone haze across Texas

August 24th, 2011

Get your gas masks out. Seriously, plan to hide indoors if you live in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston or the Beaumont-Port Arthur or Tyler-Longview areas, the next few days are promising air that’s “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

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Study says North Texas gas drillers could reduce their air pollution — and make money doing it

June 1st, 2011

Pollution from natural gas drilling is a key factor in North Texas’ continuing smog pollution problems, but the skies could be much cleaner if natural gas drilling companies would take a few simple steps, according to a citizens’ clean air group.

The 9-county area around Dallas and Fort Worth has struggled to meet the EPA’s clean air standards set for the region, despite warnings to improve air quality dating to the early 1990s. Now, even though pollution from cars and trucks has been reduced through better tailpipe technology, the region still fails to meet basic clean air benchmarks. The reason, clean air advocates say, is the natural gas industry.

Hundreds of drilling operations in the region release tons of methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times as potent as carbon dioxide, as well as Volatile Organic Compounds, like benzene and formaldehyde, every day.

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Is your city bike friendly? With gasoline prices soaring, it’s time to find out

May 5th, 2011

Bike Month rolls around every May, sallying in on spring weather and renewing hopes for cleaner air.
This year’s Bike Month, though, arrives with a certain urgency: Gasoline is at $4 a gallon and travel by car is becoming more of a burden to Americans already pinched by stagnant salaries, sharply rising medical costs and higher food prices. We’ve got a tank full of costs and urban centers choking on ozone, particulate and greenhouse gas pollution. So this year, instead of looking like a “nice to have,” bike trails are increasingly vital to any urban or suburban redesign. Climate change “believers” already see it that way. They know that every time someone bikes, walks or takes mass transit to work they’ve lower their carbon impact, and contributed to cleaner skies for all of us.

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Half the U.S. lives with dangerous air pollution; is your city on the list?

April 28th, 2011

The American Lung Association has released its annual report on air quality, State of the Air 2011, which includes lists of the nation’s most polluted metropolitan areas. The report reveals that, despite improvements, just over half the nation—154.5 million people—live in areas with levels of ozone and/or particle pollution that are often dangerous to breathe.

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