air pollution control

Cleaner Ships and Trains Coming Your Way

January 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

On January 1, 2015, two sets of regulations became effective to help reduce air pollution: one involving large oceangoing ships and another involving US locomotives. The shipping regulations come from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a body under the United Nations.[read more]

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

November 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm

China Caps Coal

China announced it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption. This is a reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week.[read more]

Mayor de Blasio's Pledge to Cut Climate Pollution by 80% Can Lower Bills, Safeguard New York

September 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On the heels of a historic march through the streets of New York City to demand global action on climate change—and heading into the gathering of world leaders at UN headquarters for the Climate Summit—Mayor Bill de Blasio has made a dramatic pledge for progress here at home.[read more]

California Moves Closer Toward Clean Air for All

May 29, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

California and Clean Air

Imagine a California with substantially cleaner air and lower rates of asthma and cancer, especially in disadvantaged communities hardest hit by dangerous air pollution. Then imagine you’d be paying less in fuel costs – the equivalent of about $1 a gallon of gas – to help make it happen.[read more]

New Report: 7 Million People Died from Air Pollution in 2012

March 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7 million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012. Unfortunately, this updated science indicates that air pollution problems worldwide are even worse than we previously thought.[read more]

In a Chinese Kilowatt-hour: The Link Between Pollution, GDP, and Power

March 3, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China Pollution and Power

Here’s a riddle: how does GDP growth slow, growth in oil consumption stutter to its lowest levels in a decade, pollution skyrocket and growth in electricity consumption pick up? In this post we break down essential themes on the relationship between China’s electricity consumption, pollution and GDP growth.[read more]

How Can India Defeat its Debilitating Smog?

February 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Smog

Last week as I was driving through Delhi, dense clouds obscured the roads, making me feel almost like I was home in foggy San Francisco. Traffic nearly came to a standstill as visibility fell so low that my colleague and I could barely see the vehicles just a few car lengths ahead.[read more]

China's Coal to Gas Plans: Old Wine in New Bottles

January 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

China and Natural Gas

The Chinese coal industry has a plan to solve the nations air pollution crisis -- consume more coal. Last week the Chinese chief energy planning agency, the National Energy Administration concluded its annual work session with a plan for for a whopping 50 billion m³ coal-to-gas output target for 2020.[read more]

China Fights Airpocalypse: A New Air Pollution Initiative That Just Might Work

January 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

There is something new that went into effect New Year’s Day in China to address that country’s terrible pollution problems. The Chinese central government has just required roughly 15,000 of the country’s biggest factories to publicly report their air emissions and wastewater discharges continuously.[read more]

Making it Safer to Breathe in Hong Kong and Beyond

November 24, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Hong Kong and Air Pollution

I traveled to Hong Kong last week and was greeted by a layer of smog. The city’s famous skyline was marred by haze, and the pollution in the air exceeded World Health Organization guidelines four out of the five days I was there. Hong Kong isn’t the only metropolis struggling with air pollution.[read more]


Is the EPA’s Tier 3 Standard Sulfur Reduction Development Process Misguided?

May 29, 2013 by John Miller

The EPA’s new Tier 3 standards will significantly reduce gasoline sulfur content and associated vehicle tailpipe emissions. But has the EPA developed their Tier 3 standards in the most efficient and cost-effective manner?[read more]

Ozone Pollution from Oil and Gas Linked to More Health Clinic Visits

May 5, 2013 by Amy Mall

oil production/shutterstock

As a Wyoming study shows, real people are currently paying the price of lax regulations. It’s time to improve the regulation and monitoring of ozone forming pollutants and close the oil and gas loopholes in our environmental laws.[read more]

5 Reasons to Support Gina McCarthy to Lead the EPA

April 12, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Gina McCarthy

McCarthy has been tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, and given her track record of protecting America’s families from toxic pollution, her confirmation will help us all breathe easier.[read more]

EPA Proposes Stronger Standards on Gasoline and Cars to Reduce Smog

April 2, 2013 by Luke Tonachel

emission regulations

Stronger EPA standards on gasoline are long overdue and the oil industry should not be allowed to obstruct needed public health protections. More than 40 percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthful levels of air pollution.[read more]

Fuel Efficiency Continues to Rise: EPA Report

March 17, 2013 by Luke Tonachel

fuel efficiency trends

New cars and trucks are poised to set new records in fuel efficiency according to the latest Fuel Economy Trends report from the EPA. carbon pollution has also been reduced from new autos, dropping 13 percent.[read more]