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Clean Air

Who Needs Congress?

Michael Brune | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Here's some more good news that happened in spite of the current Congress, which has been more interested in weakening the Clean Air Act than enforcing it. During the past two decades, the air in our national parks has dramatically improved.

Five Ways to Celebrate National Wildlife Week March 18-24

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.19.2013 | Green
David Mizejewski

It's the 75th annual National Wildlife Week this week, hosted by the National Wildlife Federation. This year's theme is "Branching Out for Wildlife" and we're celebrating trees and their importance to wildlife and people.

Sequester Dirties the Air

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The average American may not be aware of how these sequester cuts will impact the air that they breathe. Perhaps, most surprising to them, would be how the affected programs that reduce air pollution will shape the state of national health for everyone.

140 Countries Vow to Cut Toxic Mercury Release

Ben Barber | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Ben Barber

More than 140 countries meeting in Geneva last month signed off on a pact to curb the release of toxic mercury around the world by giant coal-burning power plants as well as 13 million poor artisanal gold miners.

Don't Frack the Playground

Liza Donnelly | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Liza Donnelly

Without full disclosure from the gas companies about the chemical cocktail used in the fracking process, and strong regulations to protect the health and welfare of citizens, would you let your child play near that gas tower?

Good News in the Fight Against Bad Air

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Later this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to adopt stricter limits on exposure to one of the leading sources of poor air quality: soot.

Outdated Soot Standards Pose Serious Public Health Threat

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.29.2013 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

The Obama Administration is on the verge of finalizing its long-awaited update to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter. Knowing how many lives could be saved, it is simply unconscionable to ignore the facts.

Supporting the EPA Is Not Enough

Alan H. Lockwood, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Science
Alan H. Lockwood, M.D.

Will we be smarter than my bacteria? This may seem like a silly question, yet the challenges we face are real and the consequences of our actions are dire. Without a sustainable energy future that does not poison the air we breathe and lead to planetary warming, we face an uncertain future.

Election 2012: Realignment of Green Politics?

Jeremy Symons | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Jeremy Symons

When the new Congress convenes in January, power will once again be divided between a Republican House and a Democratic President and Senate. So what does it mean for the environment and green politics?

Election Takeaway for Fossil Fuel Industry: Money Can't Buy You Love

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Americans have returned a clean energy champion to the White House, but they didn't stop there. All the way down the ticket, voters overwhelmingly favored candidates who support clean energy, clean air, and strong public health safeguards.

Yet Another Poll Show Latinos Want Political Candidates Who Support Clean Air and Clean Energy

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 12.25.2012 | Green
Adrianna Quintero

Last week, a poll of Latino voters in Colorado again showed that when it comes to environment, Latinos want political candidates who support clean air and clean energy.

Republicans Double Down on Big Coal and Big Oil, Killing Clean Air and Clean Water

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

H.R. 3409 will create uncertainty for businesses and undermine the development of clean energy technology, and it should be defeated.

The EPA Protects School Children

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 10.30.2012 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

With political mumblings about abolishing the EPA, where will this leave our school children? Do you want your child spending 10 hours a day swimming in a toxic soup house?

Business Lobby Urges GOP to Oppose Health and Safety

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business
Donald Cohen

It's time for the Business Roundtable and corporate America to agree, end their campaign of denial, delay and obstruction and become part of the solution to America's most pressing problems.

The Congress That's Hazardous to Your Health: Two More Nasty Little Bills from House Republicans

David Doniger | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
David Doniger

This week, the Republican leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is planning to continue its war on Americans' health by passing two more nasty little bills to weaken public health safeguards under the Clean Air Act.

Dad Skills

Mark Burns | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green
Mark Burns

Evidently, lots of manly stuff needs to be learned and imparted. How to throw a punch, make bets at a crap table, skin a moose,unhook a bra with one hand. But one important skill is missing from every list I checked: How to participate in democracy.

Come Clean, Dirty Thirty

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

What happens in Washington directly impacts the health of you and your family. Together we can tell our representatives to stop gambling with our health and to come clean about their stances on these issues.

Our Families Deserve Clean Air

Dra. Evelyn Montalvo-Stanton | Posted 08.01.2012 | Latino Voices
Dra. Evelyn Montalvo-Stanton

As a pediatric pulmonologist I see the burden faced by families due to asthma on a daily basis. The emotional, physical, and economic costs are overwhelming.

Give the Best Mother's Day Gift Ever: A Real Spring Cleaning

Amy Ziff | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Ziff

By conducting a health check-up this (and every) Mother's Day we can help our moms, ourselves, and all of our loved ones breathe easier. All you have to do is follow these easy tips to have fresh air impact.

Not a Cloud in the Sky

Mark Burns | Posted 07.01.2012 | Green
Mark Burns

As our insatiable appetite for instant access to all of our info-stuff expands, the number of data centers containing massive servers is expanding, exponentially. And these facilities all need power. Electricity. Lots of it.

This Earth Day: Jobs, Environment and Economic Growth Together

Howard Learner | Posted 06.23.2012 | Green
Howard Learner

Earth Day 1970 sounded an alarm. It launched the modern environmental movement. Today, the growing green economy is helping to drive the Midwest's and our nation's economic recovery.

Urban Air Pollutant Linked to Obesity

Wendy Gordon | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Cleaner air, just like healthier diet and access to parks and recreation areas, is our ticket to a smarter, healthier, more productive life for our children.

Should Utilities Be Cheering For Clean Air Rules?

AP | By JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green

NEW YORK -- Instead of complaining about clean air rules, maybe utilities should cheer them. Sometimes, the rules lead to big gains....

Nuclear Power Is Part of USA Energy Mix

Jim Steets | Posted 04.04.2012 | Green
Jim Steets

There's been good dialogue regarding my last blog post concerning the Indian Point Energy Center. And I appreciate the many thoughtful comments, inclu...

Will Bullies Win the Fight for Clean Air?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.25.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

It took decades to get the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards released, and within weeks, the pushback has already begun.