What's At Stake: Clean Air and Public Health in our Highest Courts on December 10

Sierra Club Compass

This Tuesday, December 10, our nation's highest courts will hear two landmark Clean Air Act cases that have big implications for public health. First and foremost, the Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. They call this the Cross State Air Pollution Rule because it curbs the millions of tons of air pollution that travel downwind and across state lines each year.

Peter Kareiva on Why the Ozone-Reforestation Study is Important

Nature Conservancy - Science

To this list of nature as problem solver, we can now add the role of forests in helping to mitigate air pollution as reported in a new paper by Nature Conservancy environmental economist Timm Kroeger and colleagues through the The Dow Chemical Company-Nature Conservancy collaboration published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Adding Forests to the Engineering Solution for Reducing Ground-Level Ozone. Global Implications for Ozone Mitigation.

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Reforestation for Ozone Removal: An Attractive Option

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ozone — together with fine particulates — contributes to smog formation. A new study documents the viability of reforestation for ozone control. When it comes to improving air quality in the United States, most of the low-hanging fruit is gone. So the idea of using forests — nature’s air cleaners — to remove smog-causing ozone and its precursors has great appeal. A Novel Approach to the Persistent Ozone Challenge. Smog blankets Houston, Texas.

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Smog Pollution Standards: Because Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn On Your Lungs

Sierra Club Compass

A major trigger is smog pollution - also known as ground-level ozone. This is why the Sierra Club is so adamant in urging the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, which provides independent advice to the Environmental Protection Agency, to recommend a strong, science-based standard to protect Americans from smog ( you can read our comments right here - PDF ) Right now the EPA is updating the country''s smog pollution limits as required by the Clean Air Act.

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Five Steps to Finding the Right Air Purifier

Green Home Blog

5 Steps to Finding the Right Air Purifier. Air purifiers are one of the best ways to keep your home clean and safe. Finding the right air purifier can be difficult, though, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of options available. HEPA, carbon, UV, ozone: how can you tell which is the best one for your home? Below we’ve outlined the five steps you should take to ensure you find the right air filter for your needs.

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What Is Your Carbon Footprint?

Green Home Blog

This drastic change in our earth’s climate is caused by greenhouse gases, mostly carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), methane (CH 4 ), and ozone (O 3 ), that trap sunlight in the atmosphere and heat the earth below. Start with the thermostat – changing it by just 2° can lower your energy use by 2% – and make sure your home is well insulated so you’re not wasting heat or air conditioning. What is YOUR Carbon Footprint?

If you hold your breath, air quality doesn't matter either

Environmental Economics

As of Tuesday, the new chair of the Clean Air Safety Advisory Committee is Tony Cox, an independent consultant, who  has argued  that reductions in ozone pollution have “no causal relation” to public health. And then there's this. Citing the risk of conflicts of interest, the EPA administrator instituted  a sweeping change  to the agency’s core system of advisory panels on Tuesday, restricting membership to scientists who don’t receive EPA grants.

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Guest Post: What Air Pollution is Costing Us

Environmental Economics

Pollution and health have always been directly linked, both environmentally and medically, but few people consider the economic impact felt by countries afflicted with poor outdoor air quality. The World Health Organization estimates that the cost of disability and premature death from air pollution in Europe totalled close to $1.6 Particle pollution is a major air quality concern. The toll air pollution takes on the environment is costly.

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You missed it!

Environmental Economics

The Benefits of Clean Air:  How EPA Values Reductions in Air Pollution. EPA has been regulating air pollution for over four decades, and uses cost-benefit analysis to evaluate major regulations, those expected to result in more than $100 million in costs and benefits.  Dr. Bryan Hubbell, U. Environmental Protection Agency. Friday, November 8, 2:30 p.m. Belk Library and Information Commons Lecture Hall 114. The U.S.

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Naturally Eliminating Odors 

Hug a Tree with Me

The commercial air freshener and so called odor eater market is among the most popular and profitable to date. Seriously, no one wants to smell aging trash, mildew or stale air, we much rather smell flowers scents and sweet air. So we rush to the stores and buy these can full of chemicals that promises cleaner air and odor eating properties and we spray our air until we are no longer offended by the yucky smell.

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Environmental Impacts of Air Pollution


Fresh air and clean water have been for centuries. Air and water are two elements that actually enter easily into living cells and represent their important structural elements that keep their metabolism going. Sadly enough, with the rise of the industrial development, access to the clean air and water has become a luxury. Air pollutants can travel long distances and do not respect any boundaries or regions of a special ecological significance.

A Parent and Faith Leader's Perspective: Why We Need Strong Smog Standards

Sierra Club Compass

As the father of an asthmatic child, and as a person of faith, I'm grateful for the Clean Air Act. Last fall, Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) complained that, in enforcing the standards of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has "overreached" its authority. It's another bad air quality day where I live, and Aaron is having yet another asthma attack. We should not have to wait decades for clean air.

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Children’s Health on the Line as EPA Updates Smog Pollution Levels

Sierra Club Compass

Environmental Protection Agency on air quality standards gave its recommendation on an acceptable range for protecting public health from smog pollution. The good news is the announcement means we’re one step closer to stronger protections from this dangerous air pollution. For those of us fighting for clean air for all children, this means we’ll have to double-down on our efforts to ensure EPA adopts a standard that will protect all kids.

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"The SO2 trading program is dead. Long live the SO2 trading programs."

Environmental Economics

This violates the Clean Air Act. EPA issues the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) with regional caps and a reduced aggregate cap. Judge rules it does not comply with the Clean Air Act, which "requires states to limit emissions from sources that "contribute significantly" to nonattainment. EPA announces the final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). That is Richard Woodward 's title in a remarkable post to the RESECON listserv.

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"Improvements in US Air Pollution"

Environmental Economics

Timothy Taylor: The US government passed its first Air Pollution Control Act in 1955, but the major amendments to that law passed in 1970--including the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency to administer the law--greatly expanded the federal and state enforcement efforts. The EPA has published a web report called "Our Nation's Air: Status and Trends through 2015. " These air pollutants are below the national standard, and falling since 1990s.

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How Do We Tackle California’s Pollution Problem?


But as anyone who lives in the golden state knows, the current state of California’s awful air quality pales in comparison to pollution levels seen just decades ago in the 1990s. California has certainly made headway in the fight against air pollution. But even so, many of its residents still live in unhealthy air conditions. One thing is clear — California must find a solution to its air pollution problems before conditions grow even worse. Air pollution

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Diseases Caused by Air Pollution


But what happens when the air that we inhale to relax or bring our body back into balance contains a lot more than oxygen? Unfortunately, most of the air we breathe is polluted. The horror stories about China’s pervasive air pollution which costs the life of more than one million people every year are shocking and show no signs of improvement. About 9,000 people die prematurely because of air pollution in London alone [2]. CRITERIA AIR POLLUTANTS. Ozone.

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Actors Criticize Obama’s Environmental Failures


The linked post includes a quote from Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, stating, “The Obama administration is caving to big polluters at the expense of protecting the air we breathe. “One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. As Redford said, “I have to believe that President Obama still knows it’s important to protect clean air, water and lands.

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Switching Car Coolants Provides Fast Climate Benefits for US, World

Green (Living) Review

Administration reduce HFCs using both the Montreal Protocol and the Clean Air Act. In the US, the biggest HFC target is the car market, where up to half of the HFCs are used in car air conditioning systems. The last coolant switch was done by US car makers in three years (1990-1994), and protected both the stratospheric ozone layer and the climate system,” said Zaelke.

City Light Pollution Affects Air Pollution

Green (Living) Review

December 15, 2010: Excess light at night can contribute to air pollution, according to a study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado. Every night, chemicals from vehicle exhaust and other human created sources are broken down and prevented from becoming smog, ozone, or other irritants by a form of nitrogen oxide called the nitrate radical.

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Does the Cannes Film Festival recycle cans?

Green Prophet

Robert Redford’s environmental work dates back to the 1970s when he began lobbying for America’s Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Think of the tools and equipment used to build monumental sets, fleets of idling vehicles to carry actors and crews, and air-conditioned trailers set up for the duration. It all contributes to air pollution.

Air Pollution Causes and Effects


But even with this knowledge, air pollution is not a new thing to us. Fast forward a few thousand years and the issue becomes of much greater concern, with far deadlier chemicals in the air and which are causing a huge range of health issues and on a significantly larger scale. Quick Navigation for The Causes and Effects of Air Pollution. Steps to control air pollution. Air pollution facts: the current situation worldwide. Our air is dirty. Air pollutio

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10 Ways to Prevent Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution


Some pollution comes in a visible form, like pieces of plastic washed up on our beaches or illegal dumpsites in groves nearby large cities, other pollution comes in a hidden and perhaps even more dangerous form, in the air we breathe daily. Our continuous existence depends on the clean air and yet our activities are constantly releasing extremely toxic particles that contaminate our atmosphere. Polluted air is costing us lives. Minimize air pollution from cars.

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What Are the Major Threats to Biodiversity?


Air pollution. But do we even realize how much we rely on intact ecosystems to purify and replenish the air we need to breathe, the water we need to drink and the land upon which we grow our food? We cannot manufacture the clean air, clean water or fertile soil we need to survive. polluting the air, water and soil to toxic levels. Our biosphere, the air within which we can live is a thin band, only around 20 kilometers high. 4 Air pollution.

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4 External Factors Stunting Plant Growth and Why We Should Worry

Eco Friendly Daily

Air Pollution – Man made pollutants from smoke spewing chimneys and exhaust pipes are releasing tons of particulate matter into the atmosphere. Particulate matter less than 1 micrometer in size scatters the incident light of the sun from the Earth’s surface contributing to the greenhouse effect and Ozone depletion. Ground level Ozone is harmful to plants. California for instance records high levels of crop damage every year because of ozone.

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Why Is It Important to Conserve Biodiversity?


Another theory is the sensitivity of their skins to the increased strength of ultraviolet rays from the thinning of the ozone layer. . It will not be able to maintain in the face of stressors like disease or compromised air or water quality and it will face imminent extinction. Healthy ecosystems contribute to: clean air and climate regulation through carbon sequestration and gas exchange. clean water through filtration. Life has existed on our planet for over.

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Cleaner Cars -- It's Time to Act - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

There are the greenhouse gas emissions and the oil consumption from all of these cars, there’s the sprawl that drives all these drivers to drive and the need to improve our transit system to get more of folks out of their cars, and then there's all of the air pollution spewing from their tailpipes.   There should be good news when it comes to cutting the health threatening smog-forming pollution that all of these cars are spewing into our air as well. Compass.

Freezing May Result In Global Warming

Eco Friendly Daily

Several years ago, new technology was proposed in order to comply with the US Clean Air Act. Ironically, hydrofluorocarbons have been used to replace chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) – which act as greenhouse gases and also deplete atmospheric ozone levels – in a range of applications. Vehicle air conditioners switched from CFCs to HFCs in the 1990s, following a general prohibition set out in the Montreal Protocol.

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Ramez Naam

Conservancy Talk

The river’s clean enough you can drink from it. The average income in Cleveland is triple what it was in ’69, but the river’s clean. Between 1969 and 1973 we created the EPA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. The same is true with the Ozone Hole and with Acid Rain. I’m thinking here of climate change or even of ozone depletion.

Addressing Environmental Challenges Today – Core Principles for a Time of Change

Conservancy Talk

The administration says it intends to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and other environmental policies of the Obama administration, yet it promises that “protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority.” We know that growing numbers of people globally lack clean water, clean air, and healthy soils. Accelerate the transition to clean energy.

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Sustainability Toolkit: Environmental Models

The Green Changemakers

Environmental Protection Agency) The EPA’s Smart Growth strategies have been used in communities across the country to help communities preserve natural lands and critical environmental areas, protect water and air quality, and reuse already-developed land. Toolkits Best Practices for Complete Streets (Sacramento Transportation and Air Quality Collaborative) Suggested street standards for designing new streets.

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