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Here’s How Big Farms Got a Big Government Pass on Air Pollution 16.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity.  On nice days, Elsie Herring can sink back into her porch rocking chair, enjoying the rural property that’s been in her family since 1891. Other days, the wind carries a foul-smelling mist that chokes Herring and coats the pink siding of her home. It’s […]
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Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans 15.9.2020 WRI Stories
Not Enough Climate Action in Stimulus Plans Comments|Add Comment|PrintElectric vehicle charging stations, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Mariordo/Wikimedia Commons Governments have already announced $11.8 trillion in fiscal stimulus in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, more than three times the amount spent in response to the Great Recession of 2008-09. While most of it will prioritize healthcare and direct support to the unemployed, about 30% of stimulus packages are being spent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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New Research Shows Disproportionate Rate of Coronavirus Deaths in Polluted Areas 15.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. The industrial plants in the riverside Louisiana city of Port Allen have worried Diana LeBlanc since her children […]
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How to read and understand air quality numbers and maps 12.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Here's how to interpret the air quality numbers you see when you look at air quality maps or readouts on smartphone weather apps.

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Los Angeles suffers worst smog in almost 30 years 11.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Air quality officials said the high pollution readings were a result of intense heat combined with stagnant weather conditions.

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What Makes a Child-Friendly City? Redesigning Safer and Healthier Urban Spaces for Young People 10.9.2020 THE CITY FIX
Children are often under-prioritized or even disregarded in urban planning and design. It’s estimated that up to 500 children die daily in road crashes around the world; thousands more incur injuries and psychological trauma from collisions with vehicles that can ...
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At Public Hearing, EDF Experts Call on Trump EPA to Strengthen Protections from Smog 2.9.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
At Public Hearing, EDF Experts Call on Trump EPA to Strengthen Protections from Smog
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5 Pillars for a Green and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 2.9.2020 WRI Stories
5 Pillars for a Green and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintWoman in face mask on subway. Photo by Ketut Subiyanto/Pexels The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis is likely to push tens of millions of people back into poverty and undercut efforts to improve human well-being around the world. And as bad as things are, this is only a preview of how the climate crisis and the destruction of nature will threaten our economies and societies. Yet we have all the means... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Breathing wildfire smoke: A scientist mom’s concerns 2.9.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
This post originally appeared on EDF Voices.  Maria Harris is an Environmental Epidemiologist. If the risks, hardships and anxiety of life during a pandemic were not enough, my fellow northern Californians are now facing another health crisis. As I write this, hundreds of wildfires are burning across the state, among them two of the largest ever […]
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Our new report shows the importance of “accelerating to 100% clean” vehicles 2.9.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Air pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world. In the U.S. almost half of all people live in communities with unhealthy levels of air pollution. More than 20,000 Americans die prematurely every year as a result of the motor vehicle pollution on our roads and highways, according to a […]
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California lawmakers vote to phase out toxic firefighting foam 31.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

Senate bill requires fire departments, chemical plants and oil refineries to phase out a toxic firefighting foam

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EDF Testifies in Support of California Proposal to Reduce Air Pollution from Heavy Duty Trucks 27.8.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Testifies in Support of California Proposal to Reduce Air Pollution from Heavy Duty Trucks
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California targets diesel trucks, ships with biggest pollution cuts in years 27.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

California air quality officials are poised to adopt their biggest pollution-cutting regulations in more than a decade by targeting two leading sources of cancer-causing and smog-forming emissions: diesel trucks and oceangoing ships.

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Pastors and health care providers partner to offer free COVID-19 tests and other needs for Chicago residents at area churches 27.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
In an effort to provide free COVID-19 testing, flu vaccinations and other needs, multiple churches on the South and West sides offered free health care services this week in a space where community members might feel more comfortable.
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Engaging Middle America in recycling solutions 26.8.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Engaging Middle America in recycling solutions Suzanne Shelton Wed, 08/26/2020 - 01:00 A few weeks ago, I wrote a GreenBiz piece about what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can teach us about the moment we’re in right now, based on our latest polling of Americans. At Circularity 2020, I’m talking about how to engage people in recycling, and the two ideas are linked together. The gist is that we can’t self-actualize as the people we want to be if we’re not getting our basic needs met. Pre-COVID, 41 percent of us wanted to be seen as someone who buys green products, and 25 percent of us could cough up an example, unaided, of a brand we’d purchased or not purchased because of the environmental record of the manufacturer. As of late May, smack in the middle of the pandemic, these numbers dropped dramatically, down to 2013 levels at 33 percent and 19 percent respectively. In the rock-paper-scissors game of survival, we just can’t take action on higher-level things when we’re worried about meeting our basic needs. ...
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Wildfire haze, record heat and pollution combine to make Denver air quality dangerous for all 25.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Air quality in Denver has deteriorated as residents are barraged with infusions of multiple lung-irritating pollutants -- including ozone, which has spiked in recent days to levels 28% above federal health limits.
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Four reasons why investing in clean energy is essential for rebuilding the economy 25.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
As federal lawmakers continue to debate different approaches for jump-starting our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must also consider how the investments we make today can be designed to avoid the worst environmental, social and economic impacts of climate change in the long run. Amid much disagreement, one promising area of […]
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Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic 24.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities and other sites won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment because of the coronavirus outbreak, The Associated Press has found.
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As wildfire smoke hangs over Colorado, state’s air quality board inches toward plan to reduce haze 21.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
A 90-degree haze of wildfire smoke and other pollutants hung over Colorado's mountain valleys and cities Thursday, increasingly beyond the control of state government officials, who inched forward in their efforts to make improvements to future air quality.
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Bar owners across Denver pray for later last call as Polis’ 10 p.m. order expires 21.8.2020 Denver Post: Business
"...I f (10 p.m.) is extended for another 30 days, that would be another nail in the coffin for a lot of us."
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