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User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-Independent
Category: Air :: Air Pollution
Last updated: Sep 26 2018 14:21 IST RSS 2.0
 
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The dust-up over California’s off-road beach 25.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
COVID highlights conflicts over air pollution, crime and accidents on California’s Central Coast.
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Are wildfires contaminating your drinking water? 17.11.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Manufactured substances known as volatile organic compounds pollute water around the U.S., and they’re heightened in the aftermath of fires.
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Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South 21.10.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South Danielle Purifoy Wed, 10/21/2020 - 00:45 This story was originally published by Southerly , in partnership with Scalawag and Environmental Health News for its Powerlines series, which looks at climate change, justice, and infrastructure in the American South. The series is supported by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and is part of their  POWER project .  In 2013, when Enviva Biomass opened a new plant near Belinda Joyner’s community in Northampton County, North Carolina, she already knew what to expect. As the Northeast Organizer for  Clean Water for North Carolina , she’d met with residents of a small, majority Black town called Ahoskie, 40 miles from her home. Enviva had built its  first North Carolina plant  there two years before.  The corporation, which manufactures wood pellets as a purportedly renewable alternative to coal, did what most industries do in ...
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This is the moment to reimagine public transportation 29.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
This is the moment to reimagine public transportation Amanda Eaken Tue, 09/29/2020 - 00:21 Back in April, the city of Seattle temporarily closed off nearly 20 miles of streets to most vehicular traffic in order to let residents bike, walk, jog and skate at a safe social distance during the height of the city’s COVID-19 pandemic. Seattle’s Stay Healthy Streets program was designed to encourage people to travel to essential services and small local businesses — or just to get outside for exercise or fun — at a time when many people felt anxious about doing so. While wildfires ravaging the West Coast and smoke clouding the air across Seattle create yet another barrier to getting outside, these hazy skies also underscore the importance of defending our air quality, right now and for years to come. Then, in early May, something unexpected happened: the temporary closure of these streets became permanent . Mayor Jenny Durkan — one of 25 mayors nationwide participating in the Bloomberg Philanthropies American ...
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Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think! 2.9.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think! In the run up to California Clean Air Day, join GreenBiz for a conversation about some of the available and affordable solutions that are delivering a real lasting impact in California’s fight against air pollution and climate change.  Certain regions in the United States, particularly in California, continue to face an air pollution crisis. Fighting air pollution, and the many health issues caused by it, means accelerating the phase out of fossil fuels. And doing so could save millions of lives and billions of dollars. In this one-hour webcast, Neste US President Jeremy Baines, California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard Corey, and GreenBiz Sr. Transportation Writer & Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher, will explore how advanced biofuels and the circular economy are measurably helping in our collective fight against air pollution and climate change. Importantly, it will provide solutions that any forward-thinking business or city can choose to use ...
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COVID-19 is complicating Seattle’s response to wildfire smoke 24.7.2020 High Country News Most Recent
What happens when one public health threat compounds the risks of another?
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California's new truck rule: It's big, it's bold, it's controversial 1.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
California's new truck rule: It's big, it's bold, it's controversial Katie Fehrenbacher Wed, 07/01/2020 - 00:30  California's epic clean truck rule has arrived. It's big. It's bold. It's controversial.  After months of discussion, last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved the Advanced Clean Truck rule, which says that more than half of the trucks sold in California have to be zero-emission by 2035. By 2045, all new commercial trucks sold in California must be zero-emission.  The truck rule follows another California law ( passed in 2018 ) that says all new public transit buses sold must be zero-emission starting in 2029. The combination of these policies makes California one of the most aggressive regions in the world pushing electric trucks and buses.  Environmentalists hailed the decision , calling it a win that will help clean up the air for disadvantaged communities that live in areas with a large amount of trucks. For example, in the Inland Empire in Southern ...
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Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks 17.6.2020 High Country News Most Recent
The connections between the environment, race and the COVID-19 crisis are many.
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Who wins and who loses with these 4 regulatory rollbacks? 27.5.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Under a pandemic, Trump backslides pollution and wildlife protection standards.
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Could indoor air quality become part of the post coronavirus playbook? 15.5.2020 GreenBiz.com
Could indoor air quality become part of the post coronavirus playbook? Joe Snider Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:29 Here is what we know, or think we know, about COVID-19: it can spread through the air. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , it is thought that the COVID-19 virus can spread "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks." According to a news release from the National Institutes of Health on March 17, these respiratory droplets seem to be detectable in the air for as long as three hours. Here is what we also know about hospital buildings and the way they are designed: Ventilation is an important aspect for the design of medical facilities, embraced to prevent the spread of airborne disease. As engineer Gregory Hudson notes in his article " Ventilation Strategies for Healthcare Facilities ," "Appropriate ventilation, when properly applied and designed, can limit the spread of airborne pathogens throughout a healthcare ...
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Clean trucks are more important than ever 5.5.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Cleaning up air pollution drives economic growth.
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The global economy depends on clean air 28.4.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
To repair our economy and ensure its resilience, we can — and we must — solve for public and planetary health at the same time.
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Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19? 17.4.2020 High Country News Most Recent
New research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe makes the disease more threatening.
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How the next coronavirus stimulus could be a win-win for cruise lines and the environment 7.4.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
As the federal government seeks to bail out the industry, environmental advocacy organizations urged Congress to ensure that any financial aid for cruise lines come with strings attached.
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Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail 3.4.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Pollution already makes breathing harder for some. Will the pandemic follow similar patterns?
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Air Force pushed to find alternative to ‘forever chemicals’ for firefighting 1.4.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Can air bases come up with a less toxic foam and work with local communities affected by contamination?
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Report Report: Toxic air, ride sharing, carbon removal and rating the raters 1.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
A wrap-up of recent research on sustainable business and the clean economy.
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Dirty air, tailpipes and COVID-19 1.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Air pollution impacts how the human body can fight infections and viruses. Coronavirus mortality rates could become another galvanizing force for cleaning up the air and simultaneously lowering carbon emissions.
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Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic 31.3.2020 High Country News Most Recent
The decision has caused an uproar among former agency officials.
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The stunning impact of COVID-19 social distancing on air pollution 31.3.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 have reflected air quality in the San Francisco Bay area.
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