Pollution from smokestacks

U.S. Air Pollution Deaths Nearly Halved Over Two Decades

From Yale Environmental 360, October 19, 2018. The number of deaths related to air pollution in the United States shrank by 47 percent between 1990 and 2010, dropping from 135,000 per year to 71,000, according to new research published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The decline in mortality is attributable to stricter regulations and improvements in […]

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Air Pollution Adversely Affecting Test Scores

From US News, September 9, 2018. POLLUTION HAS LONG BEEN associated with damaging side effects on the human body, causing respiratory problems, heart and liver dysfunction, as well as fatigue, headaches, and lower life expectancy. Now, new research shows the effects stretch much further than that and may adversely affect brain activity. A recent study […]

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No, the United States isn’t the cleanest country

From Politifact, August 23, 2018. “I want clean air. I want crystal clean water. And we’ve got it. We’ve got the cleanest country in the planet right now,” Trump said in an Aug. 21 rally in Charleston, W.Va. “There’s nobody cleaner than us, and it’s getting better and better.” Does the United States dominate when […]

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It’s easier to breathe in Beijing these days

From MNN News, August 20, 2018. As China continues to crack down on pollution, Beijing’s residents are breathing easier and seeing bluer skies. As reported by Bloomberg, of the seven months with the lowest monthly pollution readings since 2008, five of them have happened since the summer of 2017, with back-to-back low-pollution months this summer […]

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Trump Administration Unveils Its Plan to Relax Car Pollution Rules

From the New York Times, August 2, 2018. The Trump administration on Thursday put forth its long-awaited proposal to freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars, significantly weakening one of President Barack Obama’s signature policies to combat global warming. The proposed new rules would also challenge the right of states, California in particular, to set […]

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Wisconsin Clean Cities Members Displace 32M Gallons of Petroleum in a Year

From NGT News, June 27, 2018. Wisconsin Clean Cities members displaced more than 32 million gallons of petroleum in 2017, the Milwaukee-based nonprofit has announced. Wisconsin Clean Cities – one of nearly 100 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions – partners with public, private and nonprofit sectors to reduce dependence on imported oil in […]

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Pollution from smokestacks

Correction: EPA-Pruitt-Clean Air Act Story

From the New York Times, May 10, 2018. WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday announced a major shift in enforcement of the landmark Clean Air Act to include feedback from state and local governments and others on the economic impact of federal pollution limits. The initiative sets the stage for […]

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We Energies Shareholders Pepper CEO With Questions About Coal

From Wisconsin Public Radio, May 3, 2018. Environmental activists, including some who are We Energies shareholders, are keeping the pressure on the Milwaukee-based utility to reduce dust from coal piles and emissions from smokestacks at the WE Energies plant in Oak Creek. It’s Wisconsin’s largest coal-fired facility. Read the article.

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