Air

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

"EPA Looking to Push Back Dirty Wood Stoves Deadline to Nov. 30"

"The EPA is looking to relax Friday’s deadline for businesses to stop selling older, dirtier residential wood stoves. The Environmental Protection Agency said it is proposing (RIN:2060-AU87) to give retailers until Nov. 30 to sell the outdated woodstoves."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 05/18/2020

“Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution”

To better grasp how COVID-19 is linked to the persistent problem of polluted air, our latest BookShelf review recommends going back to a prescient text, “Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution.” While the volume predates the pandemic, it makes painfully clear why, during this crisis, healthy air matters more than ever.

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"In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk"

"This isn’t the first time Vicki Dobbins’s town has been forced to shelter in place. Last year, the Marathon Petroleum refinery that looms over her neighborhood near Detroit emitted a pungent gas, causing nausea and dizziness among neighbors and prompting health officials to warn people to stay inside."

Source: NYTimes, 05/18/2020

Ignoring COVID-19 Link, EPA Leaves Lax Soot Standard in Place

As researchers are finding that soot and other forms of fine particulates in the air may actually make people more vulnerable to the coronavirus, the EPA decided earlier this month against tightening related standards under the Clean Air Act. The latest TipSheet explains why the decision matters, provides deeper context and offers story ideas and resources.

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