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]

In Praise of Cleaner-Burning Gasoline

March 31, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Gasoline and Environmental Risk

California has seen a price spike over the last month that at one point drove pump prices to a dollar above the rest of the country. We’re used to paying a bit more for gas here — due to higher taxes and the cleaner-burning fuel used only in California — but the difference is usually around 30-40 cents.[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]

EPA Adopts Stronger Standards on Gasoline and Cars to Reduce Smog and Soot

March 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Over 130 million Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association. In those areas, automobiles are responsible for as much as 45 percent of the emissions that dirty the air with smog and soot.[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]

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]

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]

Clean Air Act Working, But 42 Percent of Americans Still Breathe Dangerous Air

April 26, 2013 by Joseph Romm

clean air?

The American Lung Association today released their annual State of the Air report. In general, it says that the air is cleaner than it was a decade ago, thanks to the Clean Air Act.[read more]

Hong Kong Air Pollution: Restoring the Fragrant Harbour

March 18, 2013 by Barbara Finamore

Hong Kong air pollution

Hazardous air pollution not only continues to plague much of China, but is now also stifling Hong Kong, the vibrant city whose Chinese name means “Fragrant Harbour.”[read more]

EPA Proposes Smog Standard for Natural Gas Fracking

July 29, 2011 by Joseph Romm

  The Environmental Protection Agency is considering new emissions standards for natural gas fracking operations that would cut smog-forming emissions by 95% in the sector. The rules would require companies to capture leaking natural gas using “proven technology” that could be re-used and sold. The agency expects the rules could...[read more]

Is Ozonegeddon Next Up For LA?

July 21, 2011 by Adrian Martinez

Today, the LA Times reported on a lawsuit filed by health, environmental and environmental justice groups filed yesterday in the Los Angeles region.  Later in the day, LA Times reporter Paul Whitefield took to the Opinion LA blog analyzing the comments received about that article and litigation effort, including opining...[read more]

Another climate catch-22

January 25, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

Now here’s an item to make you grind your molars: New Anti-Smog Restrictions Could Warm Planet: The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to tighten the ozone standard for smog will have an unfortunate side effect: Because of a quirk of atmospheric chemistry, those measures will hasten global warming. There’s no question that smog...[read more]

An Update on Climate Science Since IPCC

September 11, 2007 by Joseph Romm

The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has released an important document outlining scientific updates to the IPCC since its 2007 reports stopped collecting data at the end of 2005. To grasp the urgency of action, we also need to understand how the physical consequences of global warming have progressed since 2005 and how recent...[read more]