Cleaner Air has Boosted U.S. Corn and Soybean Yields, Stanford-Led Research Shows

Environmental News Network

A key factor in America’s prodigious agricultural output turns out to be something farmers can do little to control: clean air. Cleaner Air has Boosted U.S.

China’s Commitment to Cleaner Air

Sierra Club Compass

trillion yuan --  about $277 billion -- to the fight against air pollution, in particular the highly dangerous pollutant PM2.5 And while soot levels may have dropped sharply since January, 2013, those levels are still double the national air quality standards the government has set (see chart below). The Sierra Club is eagerly awaiting the announcement of China’s new measures to combat air pollution.   Haze pollution in Beijing. Photo credit: David Barrie.

Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Air, Lives Saved - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

The Draft National Climate Assessment Report Available for Public Review » Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Air, Lives Saved. Here at the Sierra Club, we tend to believe that if you have the power to drastically reduce air pollution and save lives, you should use it. While we’ve already come a long way towards improving the quality of air that we breathe, more than one third of Americans still live in areas where air pollution is higher than the EPA has determined safe.

Daily Demand and Supply: Tradeoffs

Environmental Economics

A poll of Chinese citizens found that 50 percent were willing to trade a better economy for cleaner air, saying that air pollution should be reduced at the expense of economic growth, compared to 24 percent who said pollution was simply the price for growth. From FiveThirtyEight.com: [link].

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Earth911 Quiz #91: Test Your Earth Day Recycling Facts

AGreenLiving

The first Earth Day in 1970 helped produce cleaner air, parks, beaches, and city centers… The post Earth911 Quiz #91: Test Your Earth Day Recycling Facts appeared first on Earth911. More: Earth911 Quiz #91: Test Your Earth Day Recycling Facts. Eco and-city appeared-first earth earth-day earth911 first-on-earth911 inspire & motivate people-on-earth quizzes regenerative regenerative agriculture restore

Quote of the Day: Freedom Fries the Redux

Environmental Economics

jobs and more domestic economic growth and cleaner air here at home and around the globe,” said U.S. Ladies and gentleman, an actual press release from the Department of Energy (with EMPHASIS ADDED):  “Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy. Further, more exports of U.S. LNG to the world means more U.S.

2019 100

How The Pandemic Has Undermined Green Brands

Michael Grossman

We should be celebrating that cleaner air has allowed Indians to see the Himalayas for the first time in decades and that Angelenos can enjoy the sight of the San Gabriel Mountains. In times of crisis, people show their true colors.

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Hillary Clinton: We Can Set the Example For Transitioning from Fossil Fuels

Sierra Club Compass

Clean, renewable energy is the choice for cleaner air, cleaner water, a more stable climate, and good-paying jobs. Big news. This week, Hillary Clinton became the most recent high profile supporter for a transition to clean energy. The former US Secretary of State, First Lady, and U.S. Senator has cemented her status as a respected leader whose earned a spot in international headlines daily. And now she’s using that platform to call for the U.S.

UK residents enjoying record low emissions

AGreenLiving

” Fortunately, British drivers appreciate the cleaner air and plan to permanently alter their driving style, according to a survey. “We have all enjoyed the benefits of cleaner air during lockdown and it is gratifying that the vast majority of drivers want to do their bit to maintain the cleaner air,” said Edmund King, Automobile Association president.

UK residents enjoying record low emissions

AGreenLiving

” Fortunately, British drivers appreciate the cleaner air and plan to permanently alter their driving style, according to a survey. “We have all enjoyed the benefits of cleaner air during lockdown and it is gratifying that the vast majority of drivers want to do their bit to maintain the cleaner air,” said Edmund King, Automobile Association president. Eco Green basin-or-shower cleaner climate change country emissions news usb

Are you willing to pay $7 per month to reduce pollution related deaths and asthma incidence?

Environmental Economics

I know the title is an ill-formed question, but that's the essence of the question facing federal regulators right now: Proposed federal clean-air rules could have a profound impact on American Electric Power, leading to an increase in electricity bills, the closing or partial closing of 11 power plants and the loss of 600 jobs, the company said. As he sees it, the benefits of cleaner air far outweigh any drawbacks to electric companies. "Less

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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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DMAA designs Residential Greenhouse in Germany

AGreenLiving

The space for balcony plants and the greenhouse both contribute to cleaner air by reducing carbon dioxide and increasing oxygen. In essence, the building naturally filters the air.

Big Coal Doesn't Get It

Sierra Club Compass

As thousands rally this week in support of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, one thing is clear – people across the country are united in their demand for cleaner air to breathe. It’s fitting then that the final hearing starts in Pittsburgh on Thursday, an area that suffers from some of the worse air quality in the nation.

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?Fuel Economy: How Are We Doing?

Green Home Blog

It won’t be long before you unplug your car; drive to the supermarket; plug in; shop; drive back home; and plug in again all while breathing cleaner air. Filed under: Eco Travel Tagged: air quality , climate change , ENERGY EFFICIENT. Eco Travel air quality climate change ENERGY EFFICIENTFuel Economy: How Are We Doing? More and more people are opting for electric or hybrid vehicles even if they have to pay a little more.

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Does California prefer an energy shortage?

Environmental Economics

They say that will lead to cleaner air and job growth in the clean-energy sector. USAToday : Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation requiring California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S. California utilities and other electricity providers have until the end of 2020 to draw 33% of their power from solar panels, windmills and other renewable sources.

Supreme Court: One State's Coal Pollution Not Allowed to Make Another State's Families Sick

Sierra Club Compass

In a huge victory for public health, today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case considering the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which is designed to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Air pollution from power plants doesn’t stop at the state line, and without this strong safeguard, communities living downwind from coal plants would have suffered greater exposure to severe health problems.

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Cleaner Tailpipe Standards - It's Time to Act

Sierra Club Compass

Although we've taken many steps to clean up our air over the last few decades, four in ten Americans still live in places where the air is sometimes dangerous to breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose "Tier 3" cleaner tailpipe standards. Automakers, public health groups, the United Auto Workers, and environmental groups all support cleaner tailpipe standards. They would save lives, clean up our air, and create jobs.

Developing a sustainable living may require urban agriculture

Green (Living) Review

And ''greening'' a city makes it a nicer place to live in, with cleaner air and more recreational facilities. "Not so much for air pollution; you can wash that off easily, but pollution of the soil; that needs to be monitored carefully." Imagine living in an inner city and buying your vegetables and fruit just moments after they''ve been harvested. Imagine waking up to the rustic sound of a c**k crowing.

Put Plants In Your Home To Live Longer

Green Prophet

How about fresh air? Why open windows when air conditioning offers instant relief? Back in 1989, NASA did a joint two-year study with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America on how to clean the air in entirely sealed environments, that is, space ships. They concluded that to maintain good air quality inside a space ship, astronauts should grow living plants to absorb and synthesize pollutants, in effect “scrubbing” the air.

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How can air filters control indoor pollution?

Green Prophet

One Particle at a Time: An Examination on How Air Filters Can Control Indoor Pollution. One of those truths is the growth in both quantity and severity of air pollution. In China, for example, air pollution is leading to almost a million premature deaths per year. .

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What Are the Health and Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy?

Greentumble

It prevents air pollution. Breathing cleaner air. It prevents air pollution. Each year, the energy sector emits tons of gases into the atmosphere, and it should come as no surprise that a very high portion of them are the key air pollutants like sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide, and particulate matter. The amount of pollutants in the air steadily increases every year. Some of the adverse impacts of air pollution on ecosystems are: Decline of biodiversity.

2017 67

Republicans for Environmental Progress: An Endangered Species

Environmental Economics

For most of modern American history, the two major political parties in America have largely agreed on the desired long-term environmental outcomes for the country: there was a consensus among Republicans and Democrats that it was a good thing to press for cleaner air and water, less toxins in the environment, biodiversity preservation, and mitigation strategies for clean energy and, mostly recently, climate change.

Low emission Vito Euro 5 taxi will cost less to London cabbies

EcoFriend

Mercedes-Benz initiative to help London cabbies deliver cleaner air. This part of London is the worst air quality and 10 percent is the contribution by the black cabs. Pratima Kalra: London is making all efforts to become a green city and in one such endeavor it was announced that from January, 2012 no black cab that has been on the road for over 15 years, will be issued a licensed by The Taxi and Private Hire Office.

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Planting Healthy Air: Can Urban Trees Help Clean Up Pollution?

Nature Conservancy - Science

London, like a lot of cities, struggles with its air quality, especially having too much particulate matter (PM) in the air. The professor, who was trained in environmental health, was a bit dismissive of the potential for trees to meaningfully clean the air. Now, here it is four years later, and The Nature Conservancy is putting out a new report, entitled Planting Healthy Air , that tries to answer these questions. Trees cool the air in two main ways.

2016 86

Air pollution could make COVID-19 more dangerous

AGreenLiving

Some climate experts are hypothesizing that living in areas with high air pollution could make cases of COVID-19 worse. Because no large-scale studies have been done to connect air pollution with the virus, Bernstein’s view is still a hypothesis.

Vertical Forests, A Practical Design For Humanizing Cities Again

Green Prophet

Greenery guarantees cleaner air for residents and for the city as a whole, as plants filter ambient dust, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. With comfortable indoor temperatures, residents won’t automatically switch the air conditioning on, thus reducing their, and the city’s, greenhouse emissions. . What on earth is a vertical forest? It’s a forest that doesn’t grow on the earth.

2019 61

Blueair Sense air purifier is energy efficient and effective

EcoFriend

Air purifiers are the best way to combat pollution indoors, keeping inhabitants protected from mold spores, smoke and pollen. Swedish architecture firm, Claesson Koivisto Rune, has designed what it calls ‘Sense’ for air purifier manufacturing company, Blueair. blueair sense air purifier. blueair sense air purifier. blueair sense air purifier. Unlike other air purifiers, Sense is smaller than earlier Blueair products but still packs the same technology.

EPA: Coal Power Plants Must Install Pollution Controls By 2016

Eco Friendly Daily

In 1990, the United States Congress granted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate air pollution created by power plants. Now, nearly twelve years later the agency is implementing new rules that will significantly reduce air pollution. The most often cited reason for not implementing cleaner air controls is cost. However, power plants are one of the greatest sources of air pollution nationally.

2016 58

Surprising Reasons Why Cities Need More Shade

Green Prophet

It’s important to understand that the presence of shade in urban areas has a crucial impact, either consciously or subconsciously, on the decision to leave the car at home and instead use less or non-polluting alternatives, especially in city centers that suffer from heavy air pollution due to car traffic.”. . How about cleaner air? Trees and bushes planted on sidewalks and road medians absorb and disperse air pollution. Shady trees reduce air pollution.

2019 59

5 Questions with The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Tercek

Cool Green Science

Like many cities, Cleveland is working hard to address big environmental problems: stormwater runoff, heat and air pollution, to name a few. Projects like the Cleveland Tree Plan can help bring cooler, cleaner air back to the city by planting trees that create shade, release water vapor, and filter out dangerous forms of air pollution. Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sustainable Cleveland Summit.

2017 62

Delaware Needs Clean Car Standards Now

Sierra Club Compass

It's finally fall in Delaware, the air feels fresh and crisp and we have left behind the bad air quality days of summer. In a recent report, the American Lung Association awarded air quality in Delaware's three counties two F's (New Castle and Sussex) and one D (Kent) due to the frequency of high ozone days. DNREC is accepting public comments on its proposal to reduce air pollution with clean car standards.

Port of Long Beach -- Putting California communities at risk

Sierra Club Compass

This claim is especially problematic because the leases deal with increasing the exports of two of the most polluting fossil fuels--coal and petcoke--both of which have air, water, and climate change impacts. Not only does the Port agreement violate the law, but it also violates our commitment to cleaner air, healthier communities, and a global effort to combat climate disruption. California leads the nation in solar energy generation.

North Omaha Residents Win Major Clean Air and Climate Victory

Sierra Club Compass

This is a big victory in the struggle for clean air, a safe climate, and healthy communities. "OPPD "OPPD has finally answered our calls to clean up our air," said Vernon Muhammad, a father and resident of North Omaha. "My "My children and I will breathe easier knowing that cleaner air is coming." But the 645MW North Omaha coal plant was still pumping out dangerous air pollution.

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Sheetz Creating E-85 “Clean Fuel Corridor”

Green (Living) Review

ALTOONA, PA, November 2010: Pennsylvania motorists wishing to use E-85, a cleaner fuel consisting of 85 percent Ethanol, will soon have a more consistent source of fuel as they travel between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. It also reduces emissions and helps with cleaner air.”

Could a private car ban make NYC more livable?

AGreenLiving

Not Your Car”) , the proposal calls for banning private cars to create a more livable city via cleaner air, fewer car deaths and greater space allocated to the pedestrian realm. Among other ailments, long-term exposure to polluted air is thought to increase the deadliness of COVID-19 , which is a direct result of structural racism in the city.

Getting the worm

Environmental Economics

said the cleaner air would prevent as many as 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks and hundreds of thousands of cases of asthma and other respiratory ailments every year. billion per year in capital investments already under way as a result of CAIR, are improving air quality for over 240 million Americans. CAIR is the Clean Air Interstate Rule, which CSAPR replaces.

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Iran’s Islamic Regime Aims to Be Solar Supreme by 2015

Green Prophet

About 27 people die every day in Tehran, from its shocking levels of air pollution according to our Iranian blogger Mehrdad. A little cleaner air for Tehran, maybe. Cleantech, Science & Technology air pollution Iran nuclear renewable energy Solar Energy Tehran5000 MW by 2015? Iran wants to launch the largest solar power plant in the Middle East. A solar plant is in the works is in Shiraz, Fars. Image via SUNA.

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California Diesel Regs Cut Black Carbon Soot in Half

Green (Living) Review

December 15, 2010 – Cleaner air and significant climate benefits are the result of California laws implemented two decades ago to reduce soot pollution from diesel trucks, according to a new paper published yesterday in Atmospheric Environment. Dirty diesel-burning vehicles are normally guilty of polluting the air with black carbon soot, dark-colored particles that kill and cripple, and cause climate change. “A

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Los Angeles Leads the Nation in Rooftop Solar

Sierra Club Compass

We will see job creation, small and medium-sized business development, and cleaner air to breathe." With the flip of a switch, Los Angeles officials today inaugurated the nation's largest rooftop solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program, enabling hundreds of building owners to create solar power plants on their rooftops and sell solar power to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for distribution on the city's power grid.

From Davos: Unleashing the Power of Nature in Cities

Cool Green Science

Nature-based solutions can play a major role in providing clean drinking water and cleaner air, and they can help lower pollution impacts from cities. Nature can also help clean dirty city air. TNC is working in several cities to examine nature’s role in removing pollutants from the air. This first and largest study of its kind will help us understand which kind of trees, deployed in the right context, can strategically improve air quality.

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Los Angeles air quality improves amid pandemic

AGreenLiving

There is one positive impact of the tragic coronavirus pandemic — Los Angeles is experiencing its longest stretch of good air quality since 1995. On April 7, Swiss air quality technology company IQAir cited LA as one of the cities with the cleanest air in the world. Zhu and her team of scientists measured a 20% overall improvement in southern California’s air quality between March 16 and April 6. More: Los Angeles air quality improves amid pandemic.

Los Angeles air quality improves amid pandemic

AGreenLiving

There is one positive impact of the tragic coronavirus pandemic — Los Angeles is experiencing its longest stretch of good air quality since 1995. On April 7, Swiss air quality technology company IQAir cited LA as one of the cities with the cleanest air in the world. Zhu and her team of scientists measured a 20% overall improvement in southern California’s air quality between March 16 and April 6.