air quality

Let's Not Kid Ourselves: Curbing Carbon and Stopping Smog Are Not the Same

December 29, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

A hope has prevailed that curbs on carbon will also fix the dirty air in cities. But that hope doesn’t take into account how the past of pollution control inside the United States and other long-industrialized nations has conditioned us to tackling one enormous environmental problem while ignoring the other.[read more]

Study: Electric Vehicles Can Dramatically Reduce Carbon Pollution from Transportation, and Improve Air Quality

September 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Air Quality and Transportation

Producing the electricity to power electric vehicles can generate emissions. But those emissions levels are far lower than the pollution emitted by conventional vehicles, and could be even lower as the electric power sector cleans up over next few decades, according to a new report issued recently.[read more]

Report Card Blues: ALA Report Shows Western Air Needs Improvement

May 10, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Western Air Quality

It’s report card time for air quality in the United Staes and, unfortunately, several western states are getting grades of “needs improvement.” That’s the take-away from the American Lung Association’s (ALA) annual “State of the Air” report released recently.[read more]

India Announces National Air Quality Index to Increase Public Awareness

May 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Air Quality Index

Recent reports and growing public awareness are highlighting the increased threat of poor air quality on human health in India. The World Health Organization ranked 13 Indian cities among the top 20 in the world for the worst fine particulate air pollution.[read more]

United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

February 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Air Quality Data Sharing

Recently, 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 United States embassy in Beijing.[read more]

New Drilling Raises New Questions About Air Quality In Wyoming

January 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Wyoming Drilling and Air Quality

Wyoming has a long history of living with the oil and gas industry, and an approach to air quality regulations that includes different requirements for different parts of the state can lead local residents to ask what new oil and gas development will mean for their neighborhoods, air, and quality of life.[read more]


Beyond Electrification: Why Fuels Matter for Energy Access

December 10, 2014 by Angi Acocella

Energy Access and Clean Fuels

Though awareness of energy access challenges in developing countries grows, most of the attention goes to electricity. The statistics on access to clean cooking and heating fuels are just as, if not more staggering as the electrification challenge. Ensuring access to modern fuels demands as much urgency.[read more]

Declining Air Quality in the Tar Sands Region: Is the Government Responding?

August 17, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations. While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated back to the year 2012.[read more]

China's New Environmental Law and the U.S. Clean Air Act

July 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China recently overhauled its basic environmental law in a way that brings it closer to the structure of the U.S. Clean Air Act. The new law also contains a provision authorizing public interest litigation by certain Chinese NGOs, and this is a huge step forward.[read more]

Driving Restrictions and Air Quality

May 7, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Driving and Air Pollution

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Recently we traveled south of the border for an update on Mexico City’s well-known driving restrictions. What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Some people prefer margaritas, but here at the Energy Institute we like to analyze air pollution data. ¡Orale![read more]

International Spotlights Shine on Mexico's Air Quality, Climate Change Efforts

August 1, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Mexico Air Quality Panel

Mexico hosted the Climate and Clean Air Coalition last week which met to discuss efforts among members to limit short-lived pollutants and mitigate climate change. There were commitments from the Mexican government to reduce black carbon.[read more]

The Tesla of Garbage Trucks Could Clean Up Urban Air

June 6, 2013 by Peter Lehner

light truck cleantech?


An innovative retrofit for medium-duty trucks (such as delivery trucks and garbage trucks) could improve fuel efficiency and reduce smog and particle emissions by 90 percent.[read more]

EPA’s Costly, Unnecessary Soot Proposal

June 16, 2012 by Mark Green

Photo by jlk.1 via Flickr

EPA continues to act tone deaf to the real-world needs of U.S. businesses and regular Americans. Its particle standards proposal issued this week is a good example of the kind of investment-squelching overregulation that ultimately could hurt the country’s energy future.With the country’s air continuing to improve under the existing fine...[read more]

If You’re Male and <40, Thank The Clean Air Act …

November 3, 2011 by A Siegel

We know that the regulation leads to a safer society and that regulatory paths toward reducing pollution loads leads to a healthier society. These are simply facts. Those facts, however, can be difficult to translate from larger statistics to our personal lives. A new research paper from Nicholas J. Sanders and Charles F. Stoecker provides something that any American young man might wish to consider.[read more]

Clean Diesel in Your Tank

January 5, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

The most massive fuel transition ever attempted in the United States has been occurring quite smoothly over the past few years without so much as a hiccup. It is the slow and steady movement from Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel that started in 2006 and will continue through 2014. ULSD fuel was mandated by...[read more]