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EarthTalk: Threats to Air Quality

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily?                        — Melanie Smith, Pomfret, CT The main threats to local air quality…

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EPA report finds that our air isn't as clean as we thought.

Sierra Club Launches Bad Air Alert Text System

EPA report finds air not as healthy as previously thought In late August the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its latest smog pollution policy assessment with an unsettling finding. What were thought as “safe” levels of smog pollution are not so safe after all. The report recommends revising the current health-based national ambient air quality standard for ozone from 75 parts per billion…

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EPA Tackles Air Pollution with New Cleaner Fuels Rule

Taking a systems approach to tackle the problem of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA’s new Tier 3 motor vehicle emissions rule reduces the sulfur content of fuels for passenger cars and trucks, which in turn will improve human and environmental health and sustainability by cutting down on a range of pollutants.

Fracking operations like this pose a hazard to human and ecosystem health

Whats the Fracking Problem?

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has been associated with water contamination, global warming-causing air pollution, health problems, falling property values and even earthquakes. Each year fracking pumps billions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground under high pressure to force open cracks and release natural gas. Natural Gas Fracking Problems Exposed According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chemicals used in fracking fluids…

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Breaking News: EPA Issues First Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Power Plants

In a move that could effectively end construction of any new conventional coal-fired power generation in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today has proposed the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. “Today we’re taking a common sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us…

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NASA GISS Identifies 14 Air Pollution Control Measures to Slow Global Warming, Improve Health and Increase Crop Yields

An international research team of researchers at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has identified 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented worldwide, could significantly reduce the greenhouse gas effect while at the same time significantly boosting agricultural production and significantly improving the health of many millions of people around the world.

Water Supply Trumps Other Environmental Issues in Latest Gallup Survey

Gallup’s recent poll on the public’s concern over specific environmental issues.