Anything related to air quality, air pollution, or the atmosphere

"U.S. Air Quality Was Improving. Now It’s Getting Worse"

"New data may signal a deadly change in America’s environmental health."

"After years of decline, a spike in air pollution may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over two years.

Following a 24% drop between 2009 and 2016, particulate matter air pollution in the U.S. increased 5.5% in 2017 and 2018, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data by two Carnegie Mellon economists.

The working paper published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research may signal a deadly change in U.S. environmental health.

Source: Bloomberg, 10/23/2019

Despite Promises, Energy Giants Burn Away Vast Amounts of Natural Gas

"When leaders from Exxon Mobil and BP gathered last month with other fossil-fuel executives to declare they were serious about climate change, they cited progress in curbing an energy-wasting practice called flaring — the intentional burning of natural gas as companies drill faster than pipelines can move the energy away. But in recent years, some of these same companies have significantly increased their flaring ... ."

Source: NY Times, 10/18/2019

Indy Science Panel Touts Tougher Soot Standards, Hopes Courts Will Help

"After two days of deliberations, an unofficial panel of air quality experts has tentatively concluded that EPA's fine particulate matter standards need significant tightening. Though agency leaders may not pay heed to their findings, the panel members are optimistic that federal judges will listen."

Source: Greenwire, 10/15/2019


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