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Making Chinese Cities Smarter: Leapfrogging Intra-city Transport Development with 'Big Data'

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The period 2015/2016 is unique and remarkable for the development prospects of China. First, last week China took part in the UN global summit regarding the adoption of 17 sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

Dazin to Save Lives Globally by Scaling Up 'Smokeless Fuel Cooking Stove Solution'

Iain Patton | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
Iain Patton

An estimated 4.3 million people die every year (491 per hour) from diseases following household air pollution. This exceeds the number of people who die from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis -- combined. A Bhutanese and Danish-based group hopes to solve this problem by using existing technology to provide a combination of fuel cookies and smokeless stoves.

10 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Live in Los Angeles

Paul Haddad | Posted 07.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Paul Haddad

In case you missed the bulletin, Los Angeles is in the midst of a historic drought. We also have the nation's worst traffic and air pollution, and we're the least affordable city in the Lower 48 for millennials to buy a home.

Detroit's Air Quality Fix? Hookah Pipes on Smokestacks

Brian Stone | Posted 07.06.2015 | Detroit
Brian Stone

So, I finally figured it out. You know those epidemic levels of asthma in Detroit and Dearborn? You know those massive, pollution-causing factories and their smoke stacks? Well, I found the perfect, slightly snarky, fix. Put a hookah pipe on it!

Louisiana Manages to Meet EPA's Ozone Standard Before an Anticipated Rule Tightening

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Last year, the EPA signaled that it will announce a stricter ground-level ozone standard this fall. South Louisiana and other warm, sunny places tend to be high in "bad" ozone. After a struggle, Baton Rouge and neighboring parishes with refineries and petrochemical plants have managed to comply with EPA's current ozone standard.

Matt Sheehan

Beijing's Air Becoming Slightly More Breathable | Matt Sheehan | Posted 04.22.2015 | World

Maybe, just maybe, there’s a light at the end of this smog-filled tunnel. Two years after the Chinese government declared “war on pollution,” th...

Let's Not Take Our Foot Off the Pedal Now

Margo T. Oge | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
Margo T. Oge

Earlier last week, the Obama administration unveiled a blueprint for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by up to 28 percent over the next decade and submitted the formal statement to the to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Right to Breathe Easy

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green
Illah Nourbakhsh

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.

Anti-Clean Air Rally in Utah?

Stacy Bare | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Stacy Bare

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.

Texas Coal Plants Are Polluting the Air Across Several States

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.16.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas are places people visit when they want to reconnect with nature and...

Why All States Should All Have a New York State of Mind

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

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.

Marketing California's "Climate Credit for Cars" to Everyone

Mike Sandler | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Mike Sandler

Consumers will likely not notice the change, given the decrease in the price of oil over the past year and the overall volatility in gas prices. But the funds raised will be substantial.

The 12 Days of a Healthy Home: A Holiday Checklist

Lisa Beres, BBEI, CGBP | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Beres, BBEI, CGBP

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?

Kate Sheppard

EPA Finally Proposes New Smog Standards After Years Of Hesitation | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced new standards for ozone pollution that have riled up public health advocate...

Kate Sheppard

Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Save 3,500 Lives Per Year: Report | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Save the planet, save lives? A study released Tuesday says reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in order to curb glo...

The Air We Breathe

Peter Neill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

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.

5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Improving Indoor Air Quality

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green
Dorit Sasson

With so much talk about protecting the environment and eco-friendly products, consider the following tips to improve the air quality of your home and create a cleaner, greener home.

Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

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.

Largest Coal-Fired Plant In Western U.S. Set To Close By 2044

AP | FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a pr...

How Employee Productivity Chokes on Indoor Air

Marilyn Black | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Black

Not only are we coming into contact with more chemicals than ever before, we are spending more time around them -- the average American spends up to 90 percent of his time indoors.

Clearing the air around human health and air pollution

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

Many years after completing medical school, I am still haunted by the first memories of caring for emergency department patients with full-blown asthm...

Our Urban Forests Improve the Quality of Life

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

The Center for Urban Forest Research has estimated that a property with trees is valued 5 percent to 15 percent higher than a comparable lot with no trees.

Racism's in the Air: Race Is the Determining Factor When It Comes to Who Breathes Bad Air

Javier Sierra | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

For decades the environmental justice movement has insisted that pollution is just another form of racism. Now a University of Minnesota study is conclusively confirming this painful reality.

A Tale of Two Air Quality Programs: China vs. the U.S.

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

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.

How Smart Business Can Help Solve 'The World's Largest Environmental Risk'

Alexander Collot d’Escury | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Alexander Collot d’Escury

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?