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

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.02.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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.

Jerry Brown Leaves the Party Behind in China

William Bradley | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown is just back from his first major trip abroad during this incarnation as California's governor. It coincided with the annual state Democratic convention, but that didn't give him pause as he had bigger fish to fry in China.

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Posted 03.21.2013 | OWN

By Nancy Kalish An airtight house might benefit your heating bill, but it can wreak havoc on your health. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPos...

City Environmental Initiatives Win Innovations Prize

Carol Kellermann | Posted 09.30.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Too often, government is satisfied with regulation and enforcement. Yet in New York, the Mayor's Office has created effective collaborative mechanisms to go further, and Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability deserve enormous praise.

Beijing's Airpocalypse: The Cost Of Inaction

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 04.30.2013 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

The god of wealth might bring bucks to doorsteps... and a blazing fireworks display may add to the festivities of the day, but those noxious clouds of smoke snaking around Beijing cannot stave off China's legacy that accounts for nearly half of global coal consumption.

We Must Lead It

Terry Tamminen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

In his inaugural address this week, President Obama committed us to get back to work on the challenge of a sustainable energy future. But will this reignite the debate on climate change or have three widely publicized stories already done that for us?

Photo Essay: Postcards From the Second Most Air Polluted City in the World

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.11.2013 | Green
Nina Wegner

It's coming on winter, and Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, is making its annual transformation into the second most air polluted city in the world.

Concern Expressed Over Big Project's Risks

Cherri Foytlin | Posted 01.29.2013 | Green
Cherri Foytlin

"We are part of America. We are a major city in America, but we do not need to be the sacrifice zone for the nation," states Houston resident Juan P...

There are No Winners in Wars Over Oil

Terry Tamminen | Posted 11.20.2012 | Green
Terry Tamminen

History tells us there are no winners in wars over oil, but there are certainly a lot of losers. History also tells us that we are smart enough to innovate our way to a more sustainable future.

Plan To Clean Up Air Pollution In Colorado Gets EPA Approval

Posted 09.12.2012 | Denver

Breathe deep, Colorado. The Environmental Protection agency has given final approval to a plan that could dramatically reduce air pollution and haze i...

China Crud

Claire Tomkins | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Claire Tomkins

It's in the context of changing attitudes in China that we can examine what we in the U.S. perhaps now take for granted: clean air and its importance for our health.

Bob Dold Keeping Close Eye on Environmental Votes, If Not the Environment

Ellen Gill | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Ellen Gill

So, Bob Dold managed to vote against the environment seven (7) times in 2011 and 2012 and voted with his party 7 out of 11 times on the environment, but going up on a bucked lift impressed the Lake County New-Sun.