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Data Show Texas Ozone Levels Are Not Driven by Fracking

February 7, 2015 by Steve Everley

Ozone and Fracking

The rapidly-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas has struggled for years to reach attainment with federal clean air requirements for ozone, a problem that many environmental activists have blamed on fracking. But data suggests there is no credible link between ozone and the development of the Barnett Shale.[read more]

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

December 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

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]

Wyoming's Second Swing at Curbing Oil, Gas Air Pollution Could be Home Run

November 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Wyoming Pollution Reduction

Late last week Wyoming air regulators took a second crack at a proposed rule to fix a serious ozone pollution problem in the state’s Upper Green River Basin. To use a baseball analogy, this rule designed to reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry, is a solid double.[read more]

New Ads Reveal Coal Isn't Cheap in Kosovo

May 10, 2014 by Justin Guay

Kosovo Coal Costs

825 is the number of Kosovars the World Bank estimates die every year due to pollution from coal-fired power plants. But instead of helping Kosovo transition to clean energy, and despite its own estimates of coal's deadly cost, the World Bank and the U.S. Government are pushing for a new coal plant.[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]

Mega-Cities Acting on Climate Change Improve their Economic Competitiveness, and Introduce More Equality

February 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Cities and Climate Change

If large cities want to continue attracting cosmopolitan skilled professionals as well as the companies that employ them, they are going to have to offer an environment that doesn’t actually threaten the health of workers and their children.[read more]

Fight China's Smog with Ethanol: Interview with Chen Lin

February 8, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Chen Lin writes the popular stock newsletter What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?, published and distributed by Taylor Hard Money Advisors Inc. He employs a value-oriented approach and often demonstrates excellent market timing due to his exceptional technical analysis.[read more]

A Vacation Tainted by China's Toxic Air

January 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China and Air Pollution

Beijing is once again blanketed by record-setting air pollution -- the highest since last January’s “airpocalypse.” Levels of PM2.5 reached 671 micrograms Thursday morning, dramatically reducing visibility and prompting commuters to don industrial-strength face masks.[read more]

Air Pollution: Keeping Watch on the Sky Over Beijing

October 31, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Beijing Air Pollution

When I last visited China, my days in Beijing and Chengdu were spent under a blanket of haze. Some days I could taste metal on my lips when we ventured outdoors. Experiencing Chinese air pollution never fails to bring home to me how vital strong clean air laws are for any country.[read more]

International Cancer Research Body Declares Soot Pollution a Known Carcinogen

October 19, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

A new report from the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency has recently announced the classification of outdoor air pollution and particulate matter as known human carcinogens, after independently reviewing over 1,000 studies on air pollution across five continents.[read more]

One in Five Americans Living in High Traffic Pollution Areas

October 8, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

A new study came out showing that 19 percent of people in the U.S., 60 million people, live close to high traffic roadways and as a result likely face the elevated air pollution levels, and the public health problems such as increased risk of asthma, that come with it.[read more]

Air Pollution Concerns Halt Enormous Coal Plant In China

August 15, 2013 by Justin Guay

News recently broke that Chinese authorities scrapped a huge proposed coal plant over environment and air pollution concerns. It's true. The world's largest coal consumer, home to a potential coal bubble, just shelved an enormous coal project over pollution concerns.[read more]


Why Drivers Should Care About Sulfur Pollution

June 20, 2013 by Carol Lee Rawn

Most Americans pulling into gas stations are focused on the pump price, not the fuel's content. However, sulfur content and its impact on vehicle emissions and public health is worth their consideration.[read more]

Media Coverage of Pollution in China and the U.S.

June 8, 2013 by Sieren Ernst

Neither the deadly smog nor environmental protests are new in Beijing. The attention these issues are getting both from the international press and the Chinese middle class is new, however.[read more]

Grossly Incomplete: Redefining GDP for Climate Change

May 20, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

It isn’t about “Green GDP” or “green accounting.” It’s honest accounting. Every ton of coal, every barrel of oil causes more in external damages than it adds value to GDP. Properly measured GDP ought to reflect that fact.[read more]