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Colorado Health Officials Debunk Lung Association's Ozone 'Report Card'

May 15, 2015 by Simon Lomax

Colorado’s health department and the state’s top air quality regulator have sharply criticized claims by the ALA about ozone levels in the Denver area. Citing its own “report card” on the region’s air quality, they said that levels of ground-level ozone – smog – are deteriorating rather than improving.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

April 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and the Climate Change Threat

President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.[read more]

Five Surprising Public Health Facts About Fukushima

April 8, 2015 by Breakthrough Institute
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Fukushima and Measured Risk

Four years ago an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan. 15,000 people were killed. A subsequent nuclear meltdown added fear to grief. As terrible as the meltdown was, the radiation did not have significant public health consequences, much less the catastrophic ones that many feared and some continue to claim.[read more]

Ozone Pollution in the West: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

March 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Ozone in Western States

Long familiar in major urban areas, smog – what we experts call “ground-level ozone” pollution – is quickly becoming a serious problem in the rural mountain west, thanks to rapid expansion in oil and gas development.[read more]

Who in the United States will be Most Harmed by Ocean Acidification?

March 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

In 2007, when Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in Oregon experienced extreme die-offs of baby oysters, the company became the first known economic victim of ocean acidification in the United States. Ocean acidification continues to worsen as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations rise.[read more]

Why Divest? The Substantial Harm of Fossil Fuels

March 12, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland
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What principles should be used to make a decision regarding divestment from fossil fuels? One principle is the existence and degree of harm caused by the use of fossil fuels. And a prodigious body of evidence indicates that the fossil energy system causes pervasive human health, environmental, and social harm.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: The Sixty-Year Pitch

February 18, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Nuclear Energy Planning and History

In 1954, Atomic Energy Commission Chair Lewis Strauss envisioned a day when “our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter.” Strauss was placing his bets on nuclear fusion, which, sixty years later, is still on the drawing board. And the meters are still ticking away.[read more]

Can Humanity Coexist With Rising CO2 Levels?

February 17, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Humanity and Carbon Mitigation

Rather than investing current profits in future reserves that very well might not be burnable, it is in the better interest of the shareholders of fossil fuel companies to invest in technology that best preserves the value of existing reserves and insures the continuation of those companies in the energy business.[read more]

New York Fracking Ban Throws Peer Review Under the Bus

February 2, 2015 by Simon Lomax
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New York Fracking Ban

A research paper touted as peer-reviewed science – and used to justify New York’s ban on shale gas development – was actually peer-reviewed by active opponents of shale gas development who concealed their bias from the scientific community and the general public.[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]

India's 'Airpocalypse' Could Kill 229,000 People Every Year

December 11, 2014 by Justin Guay
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India, Coal, and Public Health

If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year - and its own coal-fueled "airpocalypse." That's the stark findings of the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions.[read more]

Global Impacts with Irreversible Changes [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 9, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Warming and Changes

Severe weather events wreak havoc around the globe and thus tend to dominate international newspaper headlines. No continent has been spared with the strongest storms swirling both in the Pacific and Atlantic basins, in addition to extreme droughts and massive floods geographically well diversified.[read more]

Examining the Risks of Nuclear Terrorism

December 1, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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The standard risk analysis algorithm for making risk comparisons is to multiply the severity and magnitude of hazards with their probabilities of occurrence. This algorithm is considered by some to be callous, as it can excessively minimize a dreadful hazard which has a small probability, dooming some to experience it.[read more]

Shaping Public Perceptions of Radiation Risk

November 29, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Radiation and the Perception of Health Risk

On Monday, November 17, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5544, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act, which called for the National Academies to “conduct a study assessing the current status and development of a long-term strategy for low dose radiation research.”[read more]

Clean Power Plan Will Save Thousands of Lives Every Year

October 7, 2014 by David Doniger
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Clean Power Plan and Public Health

Researchers have published new estimates of how many lives can be saved each year by EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation’s 1500 fossil-fueled electric power plants. These first-time carbon limits can save the lives of 3,500 Americans each year in 2020 and thereafter.[read more]