Houston We Have a Problem: An Environmental Justice Analysis of Harmful Air Pollution from Industrial Fires

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science and Democracy air pollution chemical fire environmental justice Houston TexasA UCS team looked closely at an industrial fire's health effects on a fenceline community.

Should you exercise outside in air pollution?

Environmental News Bits

EPA researchers are working to improve knowledge about the relationship between exercise and air pollution, which, until recently, has not been an active area of research. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a workshop to review the state of the science and existing… Read more → Air quality Environmental health Green lifestyle PublicationsRead the full story from U.S.


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Will London's expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone cut air pollution?

New Scientist

Clean air zones across Europe, including in London, are really working to cut dangerous air pollutio

Summer Air Pollution Trends: Factors Affecting Air Quality


Some of us might associate summer with fresh, clean air, and warmer weather - and spending more time outdoors. However, summer weather and warmer climate conditions can contribute to poor air quality in a number of ways, resulting in a range of knock-on health and economic consequences.

WHO calls for lower limits on air pollution to save millions of lives

New Scientist

The World Health Organization has released guidelines for strict limits on air pollution from cars, power stations and other sources. If countries adopt them, millions of deaths could be avoided

Air Pollution From Raising Livestock Accounts for Most of the 16,000 US Deaths Each Year Tied to Food Production, Study Finds

Inside Climate News

Science air pollution beef Climate Change farming Health meat pollution porkSubstituting poultry for red meat could prevent 6,300 deaths, the study found, and a shift to vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian diets could save 10,700.

Smoggier skies, lower scores? A Brazilian study examines the effects of air pollution on students’ cognitive performance

Environmental News Bits

A new study published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists looks at the causal relationship between outdoor air pollution levels on nationwide university entry examination day and students’ cognitive performance in Brazil. In “The Effects of Air Pollution on Students’ Cognitive… Read more → Air quality Environmental health PublicationsRead the full story from the University of Chicago Press Journals.

Clean Air Day: Air Pollution Exposure Impact Starts Earlier Than You Think


Air quality awareness is growing, but many are still oblivious to the long-lasting consequences of pollution exposure in early life. Poor Air Quality Impacts Us In the Womb. Toxic Air & Young Lungs = Lethal. We CAN Take Control of the Air We Breathe.

Revealed: How Tory politicians fought plans to tackle air pollution

Environmental News Bits

Guardian investigation finds 17 MPs, candidates or associations took out 50 ads criticising a clean air zone. Read more → Air qualityRead the full story in The Guardian.

Study is first to show that air pollutants increase risk of painful periods for women

Frontier Sin

A new epidemiological study by the open access publisher Frontiers is the first to show that the risk of developing dysmenorrhea increases by more than 30 times for women and girls who are exposed long-term to air pollutants such as carbon and nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter.

Study finds exposure to air pollution higher for people of color regardless of region or income

Environmental News Bits

In the United States, people of color breathe more particulate air pollution on average, a finding that holds across income levels and regions of the US, according to a study by researchers at the EPA-funded Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions. The findings expand a body of… Read more → Air quality Environmental health Environmental racism PublicationsRead the full story from U.S.

Campaigners troubled by WHO delay of tougher air pollution guidelines

New Scientist

The World Health Organization has postponed the publication of new guidelines on lower limits for air pollution that are expected to influence how governments act on toxic air

Fireworks Cause Air Pollution But

Greenbuilding Law

However, despite the apparent irrefutable facts, all of this is very temporary and a 2015 NOAA study verifies there is a surge in fine particulate matter on the evening of July 4 (albeit at only 10 of 315 air quality monitoring stations nationwide).

Cutting air pollution levels could raise life expectancy by 2 years: study

Environmental News Bits

Reducing global air pollution levels to meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines would boost average life expectancy by 2.2 Read more → Air quality Environmental health PublicationsRead the full story at The Hill. years, a new study has found.

Driving Away Dirty Air

Union of Concerned Scientists

Emissions from diesel trucks and buses don’t just release higher levels of air pollution, they are also local in their effects and in Oregon disproportionately impact low-income individuals. Uncategorized air pollution heavy-duty trucks NOx pm 2.5

Agricultural Air Pollution: A Brief Reprise


The post Agricultural Air Pollution: A Brief Reprise appeared first on ACOEL. Air Climate Change Emissions Greenhouse Gases (GHGs Posted on August 17, 2021 by Don Stever. I previously wrote an ACOEL blog post that pointed out the relationship between meat agriculture and global warming.

Fine particulate air pollution linked to increased dementia risk


Researchers at the University of Washington have found a relationship between increased levels of fine particle pollution and the risk of dementia. In a study that borrowed data from two long-running studies in the Seattle area, researchers established that high levels of particulate matter in the environment corresponded with a greater risk of dementia

Air pollution data in five Chinese cities: Local vs. U.S. monitoring stations

Environmental News Bits

When air quality in China is poor, locally reported air pollution measurements diverge from U.S. embassy-reported measurements more than would be expected by random chance, finds an analysis of air pollution data from five large Chinese cities. Read more → Air quality China PublicationsRead the full story from PLOS.

New Legislation Addresses Legacies of Pollution in Environmental Justice Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act would help address pollution that has been haunting environmental justice communities for decades. Science and Democracy air pollution environmental justice Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act

Indoor Air Pollution Fix Will Require New Laws, New Tech

Environmental Law Reporter

Environmental Protection Agency is being reshaped and reinvigorated, prioritizing climate change and reduction of air pollution. It discusses multiple ways to address air pollution, including reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector, establishing job-creating fuel economy standards, reducing air pollution from coal- and electric-fired utilities, and accounting for climate change Law 360 (by Ann Al-Bahish). May 2021. link].

Stop the Burn, Save Lives: The case for a community-led zero waste model in Baltimore

Union of Concerned Scientists

for air pollution. Baltimore has two active trash incinerators and decades of pollution from both active and decommissioned industrial factories. The Baltimore region ranks among the worst in the U.S.

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New European city air quality viewer allows you to check long term air pollution levels where you live

Environmental News Bits

Air pollution is a serious problem in many European cities, posing a real risk to health. Today, the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched the European city air quality viewer. You can check how the air quality has been over the past two years in the city… Read more → Air quality Europe Information toolsRead the full story from the European Environment Agency.

Innovative Ways Environmental Engineers Are Fighting Air Pollution


Global economy spends more than a whopping $5 trillion on annual basis in indoor and outdoor combat against air pollution. Thus, air engineering has taken a stance forward towards researching and performing tasks that understand, monitor, regulate and solve air pollution.

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New Arctic Council Reports Underline the Growing Concerns About the Health and Climate Impacts of Polar Air Pollution

Inside Climate News

By Bob Berwyn The Arctic is now warming three times as fast as the global average, and faces an ongoing barrage of dangerous climate and environmental pollutants, Arctic Council experts warned at the start of their meetings in Reykjavik, Iceland this week.

Emerging Local Legal Pathways for Building Electrification: Air Pollution and Land Use Regulation in New York City & Brookline, Massachusetts

Law Columbia

This week’s advancements offer two new models for local governments looking to require or promote building electrification: air pollution and land use regulation. First, by setting an air emissions standard, it limits preemption risk by the U.S. By Amy Turner .

Determining Disparate Impacts in Environmental Justice Communities: Does Friends of Buckingham v. State Air Pollution Control Board Provide the Roadmap?


It has long been recognized that minority and disadvantaged communities are subject to higher levels of pollution than more affluent non-minority areas. For instance, last year New Jersey adopted EJ legislation which, when fully operative, will impose new requirements for the issuance of permits or permit renewals for certain types of facilities – including any major air pollution source – in EJ communities. State Air Pollution Control Board Provide the Roadmap?

International ‘Walk To School’ Month Sounds Alarm on Pollution Risk Near Schools


Each year, International Walk to School Month encourages children and parents to forego regular commutes and use non-polluting travel methods instead - such as walking, skating, or cycling. The Pollution Problem near Schools. Idling Cars & the Air We Breathe.

BreezoMeter Joins Climate Savers Week: A Matter of Life & Breath


Hailing from “the realm” of air pollution awareness and health, BreezoMeter’s US Head of Growth and weather industry vet Paul Walsh will be joining the event on October 25th (US). Join us at the event by registering here: Air Pollution Science

Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control hosts Program Advisory Group Meeting

Vorys Law

On January 20, 2021, the Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) hosted a “Program Advisory Group” (PAG) meeting via Microsoft Teams to inform interested stakeholders of recent and upcoming DAPC activities. During the PAG meeting, Ohio EPA noted that, in the past, the agency has primarily relied on the minimum control measures required under the federal Clean Air Act to meet the NAAQS. Energy Environment Clean Air Act NAAQS ohio epa Permitting

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Spain’s La Palma Volcano Eruption & The Shocking Impact on Air Quality


The ongoing eruptions from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island continue to have a negative impact on the air quality in the region. Impact on Local Air Quality. The eruption has created massive clouds of ash pollution ( PM10 ) and PM 2.5.

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Blue Skies and Wildfire in California

Legal Planet

In it, the author makes this statement, in emphasizing how extreme the wildfire smoke has been in California over the past few years: I’ve lived in the Bay Area for nearly 30 years, but only since 2017 can I remember experiencing periodic episodes of bad air quality.

Sparklers & Fireworks: How Do Festive Traditions Impact Air Quality?


Should we be paying more attention to the impact of holiday traditions on the air we breathe? 1) Beautiful but Toxic: Firework Pollution During Popular Celebrations. They are our prettiest type of pollution, but not at all good for our breathing. Air Pollution Science

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EPA to reinstate air pollution panel disbanded under Trump

Environmental News Bits

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reinstate a scientific group that looks at air pollution and was disbanded under the Trump administration, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hill on Monday, EPA spokesperson Tim Carroll said in an email that the EPA’s Science Advisory Board will issue a call “in… Read more → Air quality Environmental health U.S. Read the full story at The Hill.

Reversing the Legacy of Redlining: Reducing Exposure to Toxins and Pollutants Through Land Use Law Reform

Green Law

Reversing the Legacy of Redlining: Reducing Exposure to Toxins and Pollutants Through Land Use Law Reform. . The disinvestment in lower-income neighborhoods caused by redlining, racial covenants, and zoning provisions prevented property improvement, resulted in dilapidated buildings, lowered real estate prices fueling development of manufacturing and industrial uses, and lowered the cost of polluting infrastructure, such as highways and public works facilities.

Using Environmental Data As a Business: Where Do You Start?


Governments, agencies, and scientific bodies tend to use a range of environmental monitoring methods to set emission standards and inform on pollution levels, conservation efforts, sustainable water management, and even measure economic impacts.

Zero Emissions Zones: A Tool to Target Benefits of Vehicle Electrification to Communities that Need it Most

Union of Concerned Scientists

Low or zero emission zones, which prioritize the use of cleaner vehicles, are a promising tool in benefitting communities disproportionately burdened by air pollution.

The Second Circuit Takes on the Clean Air Act’s International Air Pollution Provision and Climate Change

Law Columbia

But in this blog post, I unpack an aspect of the decision where I think it was more of a mixed bag: the court’s treatment of the international air pollution provision of the Clean Air Act, Section 115. This approach is not unique to the Clean Air Act.

Prolonged exposure to air and noise pollution may increase heart failure risk in women: study

Environmental News Bits

Prolonged exposure to air pollution and traffic noise may increase the risk of heart failure in women, according to a study released Wednesday. Read more → Air quality Environmental health PublicationsRead the full story at The Hill.

A Blueprint for a Fair Transition for Coal Workers and Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate champs Senators Whitehouse and Schatz introduced a solutions-oriented bill today that would put a price on emissions of heat-trapping gases as well as criteria air pollutants and use the revenues to mitigate the impacts of the policy on consumers, workers, and communities.

Nasty Gas Smells In Long Beach Launch AQMD Long-Term Investigation — We’re There, And It’s About Time!

Planet Save

Dirty Energy & Fuel Health Science air pollution California Long Beach Los AngelesThe post Nasty Gas Smells In Long Beach Launch AQMD Long-Term Investigation — We’re There, And It’s About Time! appeared first on PlanetSave. We've complained about nauseous smells in Long Beach coming from the harbor, the cement factories, and the dreaded petroleum refineries for some time. After years of complaints, AQMD is investigating the recurring stench.

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