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

"U.S. Caps Emissions in Drilling for Fuel"

"WASHINGTON -- Oil and gas companies will have to capture toxic and climate-altering gases from wells, storage sites and pipelines under new air quality standards issued on Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule is the first federal effort to address serious air pollution associated with the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which releases toxic and cancer-causing chemicals like benzene and hexane, as well as methane, a powerful greenhouse gas."

Source: NY Times, 04/19/2012

"U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Headed Up Again"

"After dropping for two years during the recession, emissions of the gases blamed for global warming rose in 2010 as the economy heated up, the Environmental Protection Agency reports. Output of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gasses were up 3.2 percent from 2009 as the nation climbed slowly out of the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, the E.P.A. said."

Source: Green (NYT), 04/17/2012

"As Air Pollution From Fracking Rises, EPA To Set Rules"

"On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce the first national rules to reduce air pollution at hydraulically fractured -- fracked -- wells and some other oil and gas industry operations. The agency estimated that the plan it proposed in July would reduce smog-forming, cancer-causing and climate-altering pollutants from the natural gas industry by about one-fourth."

Source: McClatchy, 04/17/2012

"Feds Hammer Company For Idling School Buses"

"Durham School Services will pay a $90,000 federal fine and do environmental projects worth $348,000 to settle charges that it routinely allowed its school buses to idle excessively in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The company operates in 30 states and has one of the largest school-bus fleets in the nation."


Source: Hartford Courant, 04/16/2012

Are Data Behind Companies' Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trade Secrets?

EPA's upcoming rulings on confidentiality for data going into the companies' GHG calculations will be important. Those determinations may impact whether companies' reporting is accurate — and whether they can ever be held accountable for their emissions.

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April 13, 2012

DEADLINE: National Center for Atmospheric Research Journalism Fellowship

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) invites applications for its fifth annual NCAR Journalism Fellowship, which runs from July 16-20, 2012. The NCAR Journalism Fellowship provides journalists with an opportunity to deepen their understanding and expertise on atmospheric and Earth system sciences. Application deadline is April 13, 2012.



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