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.

7 Things to Ban from your Home Right Now if you Want Cleaner Air.

Elephant Journal

Conscious Consumerism Family Green Health & Wellness WAYLON: Today Only Z ADMIN Green Featured Today air filters Air Pollution air quality clean air Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) eco-friendly products Environmental Protection agency family For Children green living safe home World Health OrganizationAs the mother of two young children, this research compelled me to scour my house for potential pollutants and root out as many as I could.

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].

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.

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NYC To Ban Smoking In Parks, Beaches And Times Square

Sustainability Ninja

“This summer, New Yorkers who go to our parks and beaches for some fresh air and fun will be able to breathe even cleaner air and sit on a beach not littered with cigarette butts,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after the 36-12 vote. New York City’s parks, beaches and even Times Square will become a no smoking zone under one of the nation’s most strict anti-cigarette laws passed today by the New York City Council.

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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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Air Purifier Source - Improve the Quality of your Indoor Air

Hug a Tree with Me

These pollutants live in indoor air, contributing and creating poor air quality. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to disorders such as headaches, fatigue, nasal congestion, skin disorders, allergies and asthma. Of course, the opposite is true when we constantly breath in high quality indoor air. Clean indoor air has been praised for creating a healthy living environment. Bacteria, pollen, mold, dander and dust mites are all pollutants.

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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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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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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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Save Money on Gas and Reduce Air Pollutants

Sustainability Ninja

There are things you can do as a driver to help you save money on petrol and help pave the way for cleaner air: Turn off your air conditioning. This may be tough in hot temperatures, but turning off your vehicle’s air conditioning can help you save on petrol. The easiest way to save on gas and reduce air pollutants? Over the past few years, automakers have been hard at work producing better fuel economy performance vehicles to limit climate pollution.

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Solar Energy: Benefit the Environment and Save Money

Hug a Tree with Me

Less pollution in the air results in cleaner air for you to breathe, increasing your life expectancy. Solar energy: Benefit the environment and save money Solar Power is becoming increasingly popular in today’s environmentally conscious world, especially with all the stories regarding global warming and climate change. With energy prices increasing, people are now trying to find new cost effective ways to power their homes.

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.

?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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Robert Redford Will Be ‘Devastated’ If GOP Limits EPA

Eccorazzi

Thankfully, that attempt didn’t pass, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief (using slightly cleaner air). A bit lost in the shutdown-threatening budget talks last week was a move by the GOP to include measures that would limit the EPA’s regulatory abilities. But the battle isn’t over, and the GOP remains on the hunt to limit or eliminate the EPA’s control over greenhouse gas emissions.

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5 Questions with The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Tercek

Conservancy Talk

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.

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.”

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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Recipes with lemons and limes to get your dirt out!

Green Prophet

The research found that the most acutely hazardous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners, as they contain very aggressive substances to be more effective. For example, Never mix bleach with acidic substances such as acidic toilet bowl cleaners. Here there’s a list of DIY recipes that you can prepare and use for each area of your house: All-Purpose cleaner – Mix equal parts white vinegar and water.

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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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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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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.

Country's Largest Public Power Provider Takes Next Major Step to Move Beyond Coal

Sierra Club Compass

Retiring these coal boilers means less pollution in the air and water in the southeast U.S. According to the Clean Air Task Force, the Colbert coal plant in Alabama alone contributed to 940 asthma attacks, 83 heart attacks, and 57 deaths per year. It's a great move for public health, for clean air and water, and for our climate. Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced it will retire coal boilers at three of its coal plants in Alabama and Kentucky.

Local Action to Protect the Environment across the Kyocera Group

Green (Living) Review

The Easy Cycle Challenge,” held in Reading from May 6 to June 2, encouraged more people to cycle with a fun competition between individuals and local companies which encourages a reduction in vehicle use to deliver cleaner air and safer streets. degrees Fahrenheit), which contributes to a reduction in energy consumption from air conditioner usage.

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LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian.

Sierra Club Compass

The Moapa Band of Paiutes is currently fighting a dirty coal-powered plant located next to their reservation, a plant which has polluted their air and damaged their health for decades. "We should be proud of the work we've done and continue to lead the way by promoting renewable energy, good-paying jobs, and cleaner air." Compass. « Ohios Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future?

Can India’s Farmers Deliver Clean Air Along with Good Food?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Planting Healthy Air: Can Urban Trees Help Clean Up Pollution? Delhi’s air pollution is a result of a combination of factors including vehicles and factories spewing smoke, dust from construction and burning of un-collected trash and fuelwood. The answers point to a complex picture of struggling farmers, a public burdened by dirty air, a government trying to balance livelihood and public health considerations and somewhat uncertain technological and economic solutions.

Is Green Infrastructure Doomed to Underinvestment, Just Like Our Grey Infrastructure?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The idea is that trees and other vegetation provide important services that people need: shade on a hot day; slowing the movement of rainwater downhill, filtering it as it passes by; cleaner air as leaves removes toxins; aesthetic beauty that makes our lives better and our property more valuable. If you’ve seen the news, you’ve probably noticed that the United States’ infrastructure — roads, bridges, water pipes — is in crisis.

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Banned in the UK: Animal Testing for Household Products

Eccorazzi

This includes all products that are primarily intended for use in the home, including detergents and other laundry products, household cleaners, air-fresheners, toilet blocks, polishes, paper products such as infant nappies, paints, glues (and removers), other furnishing and DIY products and household pesticides.&#. Commercial companies are the ones testing products like detergents, air fresheners, paints, polishers and all manner of household products on animals.

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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Writes About the Real Judgment Day

Eccorazzi

In the article, Schwarzenegger praises the Clean Air Act, and talks about the difference he sees in air quality nowadays as opposed to when he first came to California. “Since January, there have been more than a dozen proposals in Congress to limit enforcement of our clean-air rules, create special-interest loopholes, and attempt to reverse scientific findings,&# writes Schwarzenegger.

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