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'Green News Report': October 6, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Biblical rain and record flooding in South Carolina -- is this the new...

A Better Ozone Standard From the EPA -- Is It Enough?

Gretchen Goldman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Science
Gretchen Goldman

Back in 2007, a panel of scientists decided that to protect public health the national ambient air quality standard for ground-level ozone standard should be between 60 and 70 parts per billion. Last week, their recommendation was finally acted upon. But does the science still say that 70 ppb is enough?

Obama Administration Releases Final Ozone Rule, Pleasing No One

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency released a contentious and long-awaited new limit on ozone pollution Thursday, and it's not likely ...

Oil Industry Gets Help On Undermining Ozone Standards From A Well-Informed Source

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower limits on ozone pollution has been fraught with controversy. But opponents of l...

Three Myths Pushed by Polluters to Avoid Improving Air Quality

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Keith Rushing

Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution.

This Is What Asthma Feels Like for Marylanders

Earthjustice | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green

While the governor drags his heels, Marylanders across the state struggle to survive during bad ozone days.

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.

Big Oil: Masters of Deception and Inhumanity

Keith Rushing | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Keith Rushing

Last week, the American Petroleum Institute -- the primary lobbying group for the oil and gas industry -- hit a new low in their use of deceptive advertising.

Dirty Air Continues to Hit Latinos Hard

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 05.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Adrianna Quintero

Like last year and the year before, I felt a pang when I saw the top five regions with the most air pollution. All five of them are in my home state of California, relatively low-income, and heavily Latino. Too often, those most vulnerable to the health and economic impacts of air pollution are those who breathe the dirtiest air.

Every Breath You Take: State of the Air 2015

Harold Wimmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Harold Wimmer

Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn't it?

Kate Sheppard

Stonger Smog Rules May Be Controversial, But They're Necessary, Says EPA Chief | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New rules limiting smog may be "controversial," but they are among the administration's top priorities, according to Environmental Prote...

Updated Smog Standards Are Needed to Protect Little Lungs

Molly Rauch | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Molly Rauch

We don't have to choose between clean air and a strong economy. We do have a right to clean, healthy air -- and our children have the right to skip, run, and play outside without breathing dangerous levels of smog.

Obama To Introduce Major New Ozone Regulation

The New York Times | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions ...

'Green News Report' - October 7, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: How many scientists does it take to change a light bulb? Three, accordi...

'Green News Report' - September 11, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Going the wrong way! Greenhouse gas emissions jump at fastest rate on r...

Earth's Protective Ozone Layer Recovering, Scientists Say

AP | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used...

Will New Climate Regulations Destroy the Economy? (Hint: No.)

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

There is a long history of claims that new rules to protect the environment or human health will seriously harm the United States economy. These claims are political fodder, they are provocative, and they are always wrong.

Kate Sheppard

Court Tells EPA To Cough Up New Air Pollution Standards By December | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge in Northern California has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must produce new draft standards for ground-le...

Clean Air Ruling Strikes One Must-Do Off EPA's List

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

We don't have to wait any longer. The Supreme Court says yes to regulating cross-state air pollution.

Massive Hole Found In Earth's 'Detergent' Layer

Climate Central | Andrea Thompson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green

This post originally appeared on Climate Central: It turns out the hole in the now famous ozone layer above the South Pole isn’t the only hole in...

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.

Four New Gases Found That Harm The Ozone Layer

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2014 | Green

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, March 9 (Reuters) - Scientists have detected four new man-made gases that damage the...

Moving Cars in the Right Direction

Michael Brune | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Everybody knows that standing in front of a moving car is dangerous, but what about standing behind one? Currently, four out of 10 Americans live in a place where the air is sometimes dangerous to breathe, thanks in part to smog from cars and trucks.

Is The Antarctic Ozone Hole Causing Warming?

Posted 08.09.2013 | Green

By Denise Chow, LiveScience Staff Writer: The hole in the planet's ozone layer may be shifting wind patterns and cloud cover over Antarctica in a w...

Should Outdoor Exercisers Worry About Air Pollution?

Ben Greenfield | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Ben Greenfield

Whether you're a serious athlete or a recreational cyclist or runner, it's but prudent to educate yourself about whether working out in polluted areas causes damage to your lungs and your health overall.