Right now, I'm thinking about all those little kids -- especially in poor neighborhoods -- who want to play outside this summer, but can't, because the air is too dirty or their lungs are too weak. And I just can't make sense of a country that would trade children's lives for corporate profits.
Why the rally? Because this year the city has plans to demolish the East 91st Street Garbage Station, which has been closed for years, in order to build a 10-story Garbage Marine Transfer Station on the same site.
World Asthma Day provides an opportunity to stop to consider the challenges of combating a disease that affects almost seven million children in the United States. But for some children and their families, every day is asthma day.
My particular study shows the unhealthy (and annoying) effects of climate change on pets. I would be remiss if I left out my an important part of my theory: Along with all the substantiated research about global warming, I believe the Earth is heating up because my pets say so.
Reducing air pollution -- and the outpouring of mercury, a potent neurotoxin that disproportionately harms the developing brains, hearts and lungs of fetuses, babies, and toddlers -- is a social justice issue of profound significance.
While no energy development can be completely safe, drilling and fracking can be made safer than current operations. But this is only possible if the state and federal governments adopt and enforce much stronger laws and standards.
Americans are already paying the price for record heat waves, dirty air, and an unstable climate. We need to fight these threats with every weapon we have, and the electricity industry has to do its fair share. The new carbon standard will help make that happen.
Americans know government safeguards drive dirty polluters to clean up their act. With these new carbon limits in place, we can count on a new generation of power plants that will create jobs, help stabilize the climate, and allow us all to breathe a little easier.
Scientists know that stripping the EPA of its ability to protect our children against environmental pollutants means more asthma attacks, more respiratory illnesses and disease, and more premature deaths.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit on behalf of New York and ten other states with the mission of compelling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue new regulations on soot pollution.
Even in the face of a year of unprecedented and unrelenting congressional assault on the environment, President Obama has proven that prosperity fits hand-in-hand with clean air and clean water, and strong public health protections.