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Air Quality

The 12 Days of a Healthy Home: A Holiday Checklist

Lisa Beres, BBEI, CGBP | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

Beijing Air Pollution At Dangerously High Levels

AP | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing's skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season's first wave of extremely dangerous pollu...

Arguing for Inefficiency

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

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?

Kate Sheppard

EPA Chief Thinks China Is Poised For A Green Revolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday that China is where the U.S. was in the 1950s and '60s, namely, ...

Who Knew Air Pollution Could Look This Good? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 12.01.2013 | Green

Hawaii has a love-hate relationship with "vog." On one hand, vog (or volcanic smog) is basically harmful volcanic air pollution. As Kilauea volcano...

EPA Prepares To Fight For Air Pollution Enforcement Authority

Reuters | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green

By Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. government's authority to regulate air pollution nati...

State Proposes Methane Emissions Standards For Oil Drilling

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green

After much debate and speculation, Colorado regulators proposed new air quality rules for the state's booming oil and gas industry on Monday, includin...

Save The Sperm! China's Pollution Is Out To Get Them

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.07.2013 | World

With recent reports of schools closing due to smog, an 8-year-old diagnosed with lung cancer and an ever-darkening sky throughout its most polluted ar...

Co-opting Children's Health: How the Shutdown Stopped Free Help for Schools and Parents

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Claire L. Barnett

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates October as Children's Health Month. Children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards than t...

NYC Air Quality The Best In 50 Years

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 09.30.2013 | New York

Breathe easy: New York City's air quality has reached the cleanest levels in more than 50 years, according to a statement released by the mayor's offi...

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Prevent Premature Deaths

Posted 09.23.2013 | Green

By Charles Choi, Contributing Writer: Reducing the flow of the greenhouse gases that spur global warming could prevent up to 3 million premature de...

Fall Climate Change Preview

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The melting of Arctic Sea ice continues to get worse, advancing at one of the fastest rates in human history. At the current pace of 12 percent per decade, it is entirely possible that by 2030 there will be no ice in the Arctic.

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.