Post Tagged with: "air pollution"

This Nov. 18, 2008 file photo shows the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip in southeastern Montana. Possible pathways are starting to emerge on how to reach the carbon-cutting goals set for Montana by 2030. The state faces the nation’s most stringent cuts under President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to reduce emissions nationwide 32 percent. (James Woodcock/Billings Gazette via AP, File)
Clean Power Plan

The staggering economic cost of air pollution

WASHINGTON, DC — “Air pollution caused by energy production in the U.S. caused at least $131 billion in damages in the year 2011 alone, a new analysis concludes — but while the number sounds grim, it’s also a sign of improvement. In 2002, the damages totaled as high as $175 […]

Researcher Jeffrey Reutter reaches into water affected by an algae bloom at a laboratory on Lake Erie. Scientists say fossil-fuel plants are contributing to the rise in algal blooms.
Coal

Harmful Lake Erie algal blooms worsened by power plant pollution

COLUMBUS — “Aside from their link to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel plants also include nitrogen oxides, which can add to nitrogen already entering the lakes as runoff from farming and other sources. Power plants could also contribute to algal bloom problems as they use large quantities […]

Court rejects a bid to block coal plant regulations
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Court rejects a bid to block coal plant regulations

WASHINGTON, DC — “In a significant victory for President Obama, a federal appeals panel on Thursday rejected an effort by 27 states and dozens of corporations and industry groups to block the administration’s signature regulation on emissions from coal-fired power plants while a lawsuit moves through the courts. The rule, […]

A building with a screen on it in Beijing on Tuesday was obscured by smog that led to the city’s top level of air pollution warning. Credit Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Coal

Smog so thick, Beijing comes to a standstill

BEIJING, CHINA — “Residents across this city awoke to an environmental state of emergency on Tuesday as poisonous air quality prompted the government to close schools, force motorists off the road and shut down factories. The government, which for the first time declared a “red alert” over air pollution late […]

EPA wants tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states
Coal

EPA wants tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states, including Michigan, that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can’t control. At the same time, the EPA moved to remove two states — South Carolina […]

Eramet Marietta study shows correlation between manganese and low IQ in children
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Eramet Marietta study shows correlation between manganese and low IQ in children

MARIETTA — A research study published today in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, concluded that both low and high manganese concentrations in the blood and hair of school aged children were, “negatively associated with child IQ scores.” Dr. Erin Haynes, Associate Professor of Epidemiology  of the University of Cincinnati Department of […]

Cleveland, 1942.
Energy

The connection between cleaner air and longer lives

NEW YORK, NY –”Numerous studies have found that the Clean Air Act has substantially improved air quality and averted tens of thousands of premature deaths from heart and respiratory disease. Here, I offer new estimates of the gains in life expectancy due to the improvement in air quality since 1970 […]

Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

In Ohio, business and clean air advocates spar over EPA ozone rule

COLUMBUS — “An upcoming Environmental Protection Agency ruling that would further reduce ground-level ozone levels has prompted a backlash from one of the nation’s largest business groups, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Clean air advocates, meanwhile, say the campaign is another example in a long history of industry groups […]

How strict California rules on emissions led to lower cancer risk
Energy

How strict California rules on emissions led to lower cancer risk

LOS ANGELES, CA — “California has made tremendous progress cleaning its once-notorious air pollution over the last generation, with Los Angeles smog easing in response to the state’s ever-stricter emissions standards. On Monday, there was more good news. The Air Resources Board reported that Californians’ cancer risk from toxic air […]

In this Sept. 10, 2015 file photo, a man covers his nose during a hazy day in Singapore. Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to a new study that includes this surprise: Farming plays a large role in smog and soot deaths in industrial nations. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
Coal / Energy

Study: Air pollution kills 3.3 million worldwide, may double

— “The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, used health statistics and computer models. About three quarters of the deaths are from strokes and heart attacks, said lead author Jos Lelieveld at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany. The findings are similar to other less detailed pollution […]