User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-National
Category: Air :: Air Policy
Last updated: Mar 05 2015 24:38 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 9,228    
Court Ruling Means Cleaner Air for Millions of Americans 4.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week, we secured an important victory for public health when a federal court approved a timeline and framework for protecting Americans from an especially harmful type of air pollution. Sulfur dioxide pollution is a dangerous air pollutant -- so much so, that even short term exposure for as little as five minutes is associated with breathing problems like asthma attacks, particularly among vulnerable populations such as the elderly and asthmatics. And the medical community has established connections between chronic exposure and even more serious conditions, such as aggravation of cardiac conditions, hospitalization, and even premature death. In the U.S., sulfur dioxide pollution comes overwhelmingly from coal-fired power plants. Some of the worst areas for this pollution are in Texas, Alabama, and across the Midwest, where massive, outdated coal plants still emit huge quantities of sulfur dioxide every year. To help protect families from this harmful pollution, in 2010 the Environmental Protection ...
Also found in: [+]
Reducing HFCs in the US Would Benefit Consumers and the Climate 3.3.2015 WRI Stories
A new WRI study finds that there are many “win-win” opportunities for the United States to reduce emissions and save money for consumers and businesses. Over the coming weeks, our blog series, Lower Emissions, Brighter Economy, will evaluate these opportunities across five key areas—power generation, electricity consumption, passenger vehicles, natural gas systems, and hydrofluorocarbons—which together represent 55 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
Also found in: [+]
LOOK: Pictures of The Villarrica Volcano's Eruption In Chile 3.3.2015 NPR News
The volcano spewed heavy smoke into the air and lava down its slopes, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people in southern Chile.
Also found in: [+]
Oil refineries need to heed concerns, implement safety improvements 3.3.2015 LA Times: Opinion
"The most important thing is to shelter in place, stay indoors, no outdoor activity, turn the air conditioners off, keep the windows closed.” This was the instruction Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey gave to neighbors of the Exxon Mobil refinery, including the children at 14 schools, for...
Also found in: [+]
My War on Terror 2.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself.  Let me start this way: you should feel free to call me an American nationalist.  It may sound ugly as hell, but it’s one way I do think of myself. True, we Americans usually reserve the more kindly word “patriot” for ourselves and use “nationalist” to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country.  In the extreme, it’s “superpatriot” for us and “ultranationalist” for them. In any case, here’s how my particular form of nationalism manifests itself. I feel a responsibility for the acts of this country that I don’t feel for those of other states or groups.  When, for instance, a wedding party blows up thanks to a Taliban roadside bomb, or the Islamic State cuts some poor captive’s head off, or Bashar al-Assad’s air force drops barrel bombs on civilians, or the Russians jail a ...
Also found in: [+]
Scott Walker calls Reagan’s bust of air traffic controller strike ‘most significant foreign policy decision’ 28.2.2015 Washington Post
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was wrapping up 45 minutes of talking to the Club for Growth here about economic growth and fiscal reform Saturday morning when a humbling question came hard and fast.Read full article >>
Also found in: [+]
Scott Walker Stands By Claim Reagan's Union-Busting Was 'Most Significant' Foreign Policy Decision 28.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is doubling down on claims that the strongest foreign policy move in his lifetime was former President Ronald Reagan's decision to fire 11,000 air traffic controllers. In 1981, almost 13,000 air traffic control employees walked off the job when contract negotiations between the federal government and the controllers union stalled. Reagan claimed the strike was illegal and demanded the air traffic controllers return to work; when some 11,000 did not, he fired them. Walker, who has long idolized Reagan and previously lauded the former president's standoff with air traffic control, on Saturday called it "the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime" during an address at the Club for Growth's winter meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. "It sent a message not only across America, it sent a message around the world," Walker said, according to The Washington Post , claiming the action showed foreign allies and enemies that "we weren't to be messed with." Walker ...
Also found in: [+]
Kurds: We Need More Support To Fight ISIS 27.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Kurdish fighters on the frontlines against the Islamic State group have been successful thus far but urgently need expanded support from the U.S. and other nations, according to the top Kurdish representative in the U.S. In a small briefing with reporters here Thursday, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman outlined additional international moves that her government believes are necessary to push back against the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Rahman said the Kurdish leadership sought heavy machine guns; armored vehicles; long-range high-powered rifles; mortar dynamite launchers and shells for them; tank, artillery and rocket munitions; non-lethal equipment like night goggles; and other supplies. In a direct challenge to the Obama administration's policy thus far, she added that the Kurds would like those weapons to be delivered directly to them, not to the central Iraqi government in Baghdad. She also emphasized the need for an international role in Iraq by saying that while countries battling ISIS ...
Also found in: [+]
Obamacare Opponents Should Pick One Weird Conspiracy Theory And Stick To It 26.2.2015 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
Obamacare Opponents Should Pick One Weird Conspiracy Theory And Stick To It
Also found in: [+]
Get Takata's dangerous air bags off the road 26.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
You would think a company that makes vehicle air bags — a critical safety feature — would go all-out to assure the world that its product is, you know, ...
Also found in: [+]
EDF Joins Dozens of States, Cities, Power Companies, Medical Associations and Clean Air Advocates to Ask the Supreme Court to Uphold Life-Saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards 26.2.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Joins Dozens of States, Cities, Power Companies, Medical Associations and Clean Air Advocates to Ask the Supreme Court to Uphold Life-Saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
Also found in: [+]
How to Appreciate Progress? Go Take a Hike. 25.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I was growing up in Azusa (whose motto was "From A to Z in the USA") back in the early 1960s, we relished the rare days after a winter rainstorm. On those days we could go outside and see snow-covered peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains, soaring 10,000 feet overhead. And while these mountains were only a few miles from my home as the crow flies, it was rare to actually be able to see them. The air pollution was so bad back then we had " red flag days " when school children weren't allowed to play outside during recess because of dangerous levels of air pollution. It was 45 years ago that the Clean Air Act passed and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, and they have both made a tremendous difference in our quality of life. The EPA estimates that without the Clean Air Act, by 1990 "an additional 205,000 Americans would have died prematurely and millions more would have suffered illnesses ranging from mild respiratory symptoms to heart disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks, ...
Also found in: [+]
12-Year-Old Takes North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission to Court Over Climate Change 25.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
Also found in: [+]
Federal judge SLAPPs down Pandora's 1st Amendment defense 25.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
Lawsuit Filed to Protect People, Wildlife From Toxic Soot Pollution 24.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
Also found in: [+]
Iron Range air quality study triggers spat among scientists 24.2.2015 Star Tribune: Health
Advisers to the study criticized sampling research borne out of the rate of Iron Range miners dying from mesothelioma.
Also found in: [+]
Shrouded in Secrecy and Lies, Dominion Builds Dangerous Gas Facility in Cove Point Neighborhood 23.2.2015 Truthout.com
For decades, there has been a mostly dormant liquefied gas (LNG) import facility in the community of Cove Point on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. Surrounded by forest on conservation land and across the street from residential homes and neighborhoods, the huge white storage tanks are only visible from the opening at the plant’s entrance. It used to be that locals hardly gave the facility a thought. The area is known for its Calvert Cliffs, where 12-million-year-old fossils from the Miocene Era are plentiful, for its historic light house, beaches, fishing and boating, and for the usual activities of community life. Life is not so tranquil now. For the past 15 months, Cove Pointers have been learning what it means to live in a sacrifice zone, where corporate profits are more important than public safety and where their legitimate concerns are ignored. Dominion Resources is building a power plant, gas refinery and liquefaction train on the dormant site to import or export liquefied ...
Also found in: [+]
United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas 23.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Happy Spring Festival! Secretary Kerry and EPA Administrator McCarthy Sign Agreement to Launch Innovative International Air Quality Program [State Department photo/ Public Domain] Yesterday, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new partnership that will monitor air quality at selected U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, building on the successful work of the U.S. embassy in Beijing. The primary purpose of this effort is to reduce the health risks of air pollution by providing clear, accurate, and timely information to U.S. citizens living and working abroad. This program can also serve as a foundation for cooperation between the United States and other countries on controlling pollution as well as combating climate change. EPA's AirNow system of online monitoring will be used in U.S. embassies starting with India, Vietnam, and Mongolia . The U.S. embassy in Beijing started monitoring PM 2.5 back in 2008, which met with initial skepticism from the Chinese ...
Also found in: [+]
Climate Questions From Smart Young Students 22.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the perks of my job is answering emails from high school and junior high students doing their first research projects on climate change science, policy, and politics. A little while back, I got an email from a 14 year-old Virginia middle-schooler named Emily, who was working on a debate project about global warming. She asked me the six good questions below, and I thought I'd answer them via this post. But first, my apologies to Emily for taking so long - her debate probably has already taken place. I hope these responses will help some other students with their assignments. As an environmentalist, what actions do you go out of your way to take to on a regular basis to help out the environment? Emily, our personal choices and habits matters. Mine aren't perfect, but here are a few things I do and don't do. I drive a hybrid car, and I bike to work when the weather is mild (good exercise). In our home, I have installed energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, EnergyStar appliances (like our ...
Also found in: [+]
Pioneers that changed history 21.2.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 9,228