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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.

Air Quality Awareness Week

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

It's hard to believe that the first federal air pollution legislation was the Air Pollution Act of 1955. Fifty-eight years later, the United States -- and the world -- are still struggling to come to terms with the importance of preserving the quality of the air we breathe.

Five Reasons to Support Gina McCarthy's Nomination to Lead the EPA

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Gina McCarthy has been tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, and given her track record of protecting America's families from toxic pollution, her confirmation will help us all breathe easier.

The Air We Breathe: China, Pollution and the EPA As it Awaits a New Director

Paul Gunther | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Paul Gunther

Any thought to the strategic trajectory of China and its according infrastructure must take into essential consideration the bleak reality of its environment. Polluted air is a threat to its widely perceived inevitability to equal and then surpass the economic and social edge of America.

A Traveler's Notebook: 'Chinese Dreams' Covered in Smog

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green
Andrew Lam

There's an ongoing joke in China that both captures the long standing competitive nature between Beijing and Shanghai while tying it neatly with the c...

The Real Japan-China Conflict

Terry Tamminen | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

The two Asian powerhouses have now begun to argue over a shared threat that actually does have impacts on the health and future of their respective populations -- air pollution

The Price of Coal in China

Peter Lehner | Posted 01.21.2013 | Green
Peter Lehner

On Jan. 12, an air pollution monitor atop the U.S. Embassy in Beijing rated the pollution index at a shocking 755 -- on a scale of 0 to 500.

Fracking Causes Friction in Promised Land

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Directed by Gus Van Sant in the tradition of The China Syndrome and Silkwood, Promised Land uses mainstream entertainment to delve into American values, corporate responsibility, and activism.

Health Hazards of Heat Waves, Wildfires and Other Extreme Weather

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Too many lawmakers have remained idle while Americans pay for unchecked climate change with the health of our families and the well being of our communities. It's time for leaders of both parties to start calling for reductions in carbon pollution and clean energy solutions.

The Republican Fight for Dirtier Air

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Republicans are right, of course: cleaning up the air can be expensive. But as president Obama -- and even Mitt Romney in his better moments -- must realize, it is not nearly so costly as failing to act.

Beijing to EU, Did Somebody Say Trade War?

Christine Negroni | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business
Christine Negroni

Airlines are whining, begging, pleading, politicking, lobbying and yes, even threatening the EU to hold off on the unilateral imposition of an emission tax scheme.

California Smog Threatens Ancient Trees

AP | By TRACIE CONE | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, California -- The California forest that is home to the biggest and oldest living things on earth, the giant Sequoia redwoods, ...

Lynne Peeples

Unfair Air: Burden of Air Pollution, Asthma Not Evenly Shared Among U.S. Children | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green

Kellen Bolden was only 10 years old when an asthma attack took his life, but his mom still remembers him as a "little man" with big aspirations. Ke...

Gas Industry Spin Can't Cover Up Air, Water Problems Caused by Fracking

Paul Gallay | Posted 06.02.2012 | Green
Paul Gallay

Fracking and its impact on public health, in particular our children's health, is a serious issue that calls for swift action -- action that the gas industry repeatedly tries to block.

New Limits on Carbon Pollution Will Help Usher in a Clean, Healthier Future

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

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.

Lynne Peeples

Fighting For Air: Childhood Asthma On The Rise As Political Battles Threaten Clean Air Rules | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.14.2012 | Green

Asthma was once just an academic concern for Sylvia Brandt, who has spent years studying the chronic lung condition and calculating its tragic toll. N...

Catalytic Paint a Pollution Solution For Manila Street Artists

Posted 02.21.2012 | Arts

Manila is one of the five most polluted cities in the world, and a paint company recently decided to try a unique approach to combatting airborne toxi...

Coal Industry Attempts to Justify Pollution...Again

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 04.17.2012 | Latino Voices
Adrianna Quintero

While the coal industry would like to profess concern for the well-being of Hispanics, actions speak louder than words and Latinos nationwide recognize this.

Dan Froomkin

Auction 2012: Energy Lobby Finds Power In Money And Fear | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. When George W. Bush overruled scientists at t...

Lucia Graves

Obama's Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection Brings 'High Water Mark' Of Respect From Some Groups | Lucia Graves | Posted 01.19.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's decision Wednesday to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline gave environmental advocates the rarest of sen...

'Vog' Clogs Hawaiian Emergency Rooms

AP | Posted 03.06.2012 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) — Medical officials say patients affected by volcanic smog are taxing Oahu's emergency rooms after the recent closures of two hospital...

Senate GOP Offers a Program for More Pollution, Not a Jobs Plan

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Protecting families from the pollutants that cause asthma, neurological disorders, cardiac disease, and premature death has put millions of Americans to work. We can create even more jobs by making our air and water even safer.

How Congress Is Turning America Into China

Terry Tamminen | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

For years, China sacrificed public health for rapid economic development and is now spending billions to clean up the mess. Chinese officials are cracking down on polluters and financing eco-cities and clean energy, but recent action by the House would give America neither.

Tell Your City Leaders: Join Call for Action on Climate Crisis

Kassie Siegel | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green
Kassie Siegel

We've got to get national leaders off the dime. Here's one way: When city leaders speak out, especially in large numbers, Washington tends to listen.

Smoggy LA: It's Not As Bad As You Think

Hollywood, CA Patch | Kelly HartogEmail the Author | Posted 11.22.2011 | Los Angeles

A report released Wednesday by Environment California ranks Los Angeles-Long Beach as the third smoggiest metropolitan area in the country behind Rive...