Failure of fed to increase community protections against ozone forces legal action

Represented by the environmental organization Earthjustice, the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity filed suit in court in an effort to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fulfill its obligations to protect affected communities from unhealthful levels of ozone smog. Affected cities, regions and states, according to Earthjustice in its May 7, … Read more

World Environment Day 2019: A day to ‘Beat Air Pollution’

The below press release dated Jun. 5, 2019 is from UN Environment. Governments, industry, communities and individuals around the world today commemorated World Environment Day, the United Nations’ biggest annual event for positive environmental action, encouraging worldwide awareness and commitment to protect our planet. This year’s celebrations, held under the theme ‘Beat Air Pollution’, called … Read more

Recognizing air pollution outdoors as occupational health hazard? It’s high time: Report

The below May 20, 2019 press release is from the British Safety Council. The British Safety Council has launched a report ‘Impact of air pollution on the health of outdoor workers’ which provides compelling evidence to recognize ambient air pollution as an occupational health hazard in Britain. In the report, the charity presents the demands … Read more

With cleaner Valley air, there can never, ever be any going back

The evidence seems clear: “The Central Valley’s heavy wintertime tule fog – known for snarling traffic and closing schools – has been on the decline over the past 30 years, and falling levels of air pollution are the cause, says a new study by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley,” as was explained in … Read more

California court affirms communities’ right to fight permits for dirty power plants

The below April 5, 2019 press release is from the Center for Biological Diversity. A California state judge has affirmed the constitutional right of residents concerned about air and climate pollution to challenge power plant siting decisions in their local Superior Court. In 2013 Earthjustice, Communities for a Better Environment [CBE] and the Center for … Read more

Almost all U.S. national parks seeing, feeling effects of polluted air: Report

The below May 7, 2019 press release is from the National Parks Conservation Association. Of the 417 national parks evaluated, 96 percent of America’s national parks are plagued by significant air pollution problems. This and other alarming facts were included in Polluted Parks: How America is failing to protect our national parks, people and planet … Read more

Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 – Update: ‘Air Quality Around the World’

Well, here it is May 3, 2019, day number five, the final day of the five-day Air Quality Awareness Week of 2019 and what I want to convey is this: All of the ground that was covered in this “Air Quality Awareness Week 2019” series could be expanded to more broadly apply to what is … Read more

Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 – Update: ‘Air Pollution & Your Community’

The Great Recession demonstrated just what cities were made of, i.e., what kind of mettle each of our communities had. From what I remember, it was pretty much a case of every community for itself. In terms of their coming through the ordeal, they either got it right, full recovery being a foregone conclusion or … Read more

Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 – Update: ‘Your Heart & Lungs’ and ‘Wildfires & Smoke’

For Air Quality Awareness Week 2019, besides the theme itself, which is, “Check the Air Quality Index & Get Outside,” each day, Monday through Friday, has a particular focus. Yesterday’s (Apr. 29, 2019) focus was Your Heart & Lungs while today’s (Apr. 30, 2019) is Wildfires & Smoke. These are two very important topics. Starting … Read more

More than 4-in-10 Americans live with unhealthy air; 8 cities suffered most polluted air ever recorded

The below Apr. 24, 2019 press release is from the American Lung Association. The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report finds that an increasing number of Americans—more than 4 in 10—lived with unhealthy air quality, placing their health and lives at risk. The 20th annual air quality “report card” found that 141.1 … Read more