Methane emissions are responsible for about a quarter of the human-caused global warming the world is experiencing today, including up to a million abandoned wells in Pennsylvania

Methane leakage is widespread. In November, a study found the methane emissions escaping from New Mexico’s oil and gas industry are “equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants.” And last month a new NASA study that found most of the huge rise in global methane emissions in the past decade is from the fossil fuel industry — and that this rise is …

Traffic pollution is linked to poor pregnancy outcomes and future ill health. Exposure is causing “something approaching a public health catastrophe”

A series of studies published in the past few months has started to explore the wider impact of pollutants. One, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that the exposure of unborn children to air pollution in cities is causing “something approaching a public health catastrophe”. Pollution in the womb is now linked to low birth weight, disruption of the baby’s …

When It Comes to Your Health, Your Local Economy Matters. Quality of housing and employment also influence wellness.

In Yes! Magazine, Jan 30, 2018 by Jessica Young Research shows community traits such as quality of housing and employment also influence wellness. Public health experts often talk about the “ social determinants of health”: community traits such as housing quality, access to nutritious and fresh food, water and air quality, education quality and employment opportunities. These factors are thought to be among …

Filling the Data Gaps for Air Quality Management at the UN Global Science – Policy – Business Forum on the Environment

December 2, 2017, Nairobi, Kenya PRESENTATIONS DRAFT WHITE PAPER Governments, multi-lateral organizations, members of the public and other stakeholders are increasingly motivated to take action as a result of a growing understanding of the negative health and environmental effects associated with high levels of air pollution.  Unfortunately, there is a critical lack of air quality data in most developing countries. Countries can take …

China to suspend some car production over fuel consumption standards

Reuters 30 Dec 2017 BEIJING (Reuters) – China will suspend the production of 553 passenger vehicle models that have failed to meet the government’s fuel consumption standards, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.  The suspension will take effect from Jan. 1, Xinhua said, citing the China Vehicle Technology Service Centre. The models include products from several major domestic producers …

20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and energy use

18 Jan 2018   read full ScienceDaily article here Planting 20 percent more trees in our megacities would double the benefits of urban forests, like pollution reduction, carbon sequestration and energy reduction, according to a study in Ecological Modelling. The authors of the study, which was carried out at Parthenope University of Naples in Italy, say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should …

The Polluted Brain: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia

Particles that pollute the air — the kind that come mainly from power plants and automobiles — may greatly increase the chance of dementia, including dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to USC-led research. Scientists and engineers found that older women who live in places with fine particulate matter exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standard are 81 percent more at risk …

1 ppb higher daily ozone causes extra deaths

January 3rd, 2018 by James Ayre on Clean Technica  Exposure over short periods of time to particulate matter and ozone air pollution levels below current national safety standards is still associated with premature death amongst US seniors, a new study from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health has found.  Amongst elderly people who were female, self-identified as black, or low-income, this association …