Air quality is never far from recent news tropes; but the past month we have witnessed an explosion in coverage, and for good reason. Studies have found new correlations between bad air many serious health problems.
On Saturday at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, citizens rallied for the second year to challenge the government to do more to clean up the infamously dirty air -- not just in Salt Lake City, but all of Utah.
We all need pure water, clean air, and the healthy environment necessary to support and sustain healthy lives, yet political leaders fail to give environmental rights the same protections they give other fundamental rights like freedom of speech.
What we do seek, and at the top of most people's wish list these days, is good health. Why then, do we adorn our homes with holiday décor and engage in activities that could be making the whole family ill?
Certainly air, like water, must be free and available to everyone to breathe and drink freely, breath by breath, swallow by swallow, day by day, in the name of individual and world health and security. But that is not the case.
Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China is walking a path that many cities and nations have walked before.
So while the Chinese get to see the benefits of their air quality program almost immediately, we've got to live with some uncertainty. That's the price we pay for the decades of work we've put into cleaning up our air. Well worth the bargain.
We all knew air pollution was a major killer. But the latest research from the World Health Organization is shocking. So, what is the role of business in making things better, apart from polluting less themselves and increasing eco-efficiencies?
In what topsy-turvy world would we find large energy companies like the Ohio Valley Coal Corporation suing in the Supreme Court to ask for more stringent, complicated, and expensive environmental regulations?