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EPA tells 15 states they missed air pollution plan deadline

By Zack Budryk Photo: Thinkstock

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued notices to 15 states for failure to submit plans for air pollution reduction, four months after a lawsuit on the matter from a coalition of environmental groups.
In the lawsuit, originally filed in April, four organizations charged that the EPA had neglected to enforce the Clean Air Act’s Regional Haze rule by failing to notify states that had missed the deadline to submit an air pollution reduction plan. Plaintiffs included the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Parks Conservation Association.


Stop Ruining Starry Nights

By Andrea Stanley Photo: Tony Cenicola, The New York Times

After over a decade of living in the city, I chose the plot of land, a flat patchwork of pine and oak at the base of the Catskill Mountains, for its terrible lighting. The area so dark, I could watch the champagne fizz of shooting stars from my bedroom window; catch a glimpse of the harvest moon while brushing my teeth. Every evening, the night pressed in against my windows in a way that felt visceral, like a velvet blanket tucking me in.


Opinion: Switching from natural gas to electricity will reduce Colorado’s smog

By Eric Reinhardt

Seventy percent of Colorado’s homes burn gas for heating. Although burning fossil fuels like gas is the primary cause of the continued heating of the earth’s climate, this figure represents more than just a climate problem. It is also a major threat to our health and a substantial factor in the worsening air pollution crisis in Denver and the northern Front Range.


Air Pollution Can Mean More, or Fewer, Hurricanes. It Depends Where You Live.

By Henry Fountain Photo: NOAA

Global warming can affect hurricanes, in part because a warmer ocean provides more energy to fuel them. But it’s not the only factor in play: A study released on Wednesday confirms that, for the frequency of hurricanes, the effects of particulate air pollution are even greater.


Microplastic particles are found deep in human lungs

By Katherine Martinko Photo: MAXSHOT / Getty Images

Microplastic particles have been discovered in the lungs of live human patients. A team of researchers from Hull York Medical School and the University of Hull in the United Kingdom has published a study in the journal Science of the Total Environment that reveals 39 microplastics found in 11 of 13 samples tested.1 This was much higher than the researchers had expected to find, based on previous lab tests.


Switching To Electric Vehicles Could Save More Than 100,000 Lives, Study Finds

By Jamie Hailstone Photo: Smith Collection , Getty Images

Moving to zero-emission vehicles and energy could help prevent up to 110,000 deaths in the United States, according to a new report.


Alaska air pollution holds clues for other Arctic climates

By Mark Thiessen Photo: Mark Thiessen , AP

In the pristine expanse of Alaska’s interior lies a dirty secret: some of the most polluted winter air in the United States can be found in and around Fairbanks.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough, which includes Alaska’s second largest city, routinely exceeds limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for particle pollution that can be inhaled and cause myriad health problems.


Study: Every single country is failing the WHO’s new air quality standards

By Adam Mahoney Photo: Sayed Mahamudur Rehman , Getty Images

No country in the world met the new air quality standards established in September by the World Health Organization, or WHO, according to a new survey that analyzed 117 countries’ air last year.


Why EPA’s new heavy truck rule could yet be a gamechanger

By The Climate Reality Project

EPA’s new proposed rule limiting toxic tailpipe emissions from heavy trucks could not only mean clean air for millions but also jumpstart electrification of the trucking and bus sectors on a massive scale. But only if the agency seizes the moment and goes bigger and bolder.