Insights from Air Pollution Activists

April 12, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDTWashington, DC Every day, billions of people breathe dirty air. Join activists on the frontlines of the fight against pollution around the world as they share insights from their local clean-up efforts, innovative solutions to improving air quality and more. Join the conversation: #BeatPollution In cities around the world, air pollution is reaching …

US urban forests contain an estimated 5.5 billion trees that produce at least $18 billion in benefits to society, help avoid 575,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms

A new USDA Forest Service study projects that urban land in Lower 48 states will more than double between 2010 and 2060, which will affect forest and agricultural lands that are being converted to urban uses as well as expand the importance of urban forests in relation to environmental quality and human well-being. A USDA Forest Service study published in …

Paris to offer subsidies to those who buy bikes, give up cars

By Chris Teale@chris_teale, March 8, 2018, Smart Cities Dive Paris will offer its residents tax incentives to give up their cars or buy electric bikes, according to a press release. Anyone who purchases an e-bike or upgrades a conventional bike with an electrical assist will receive up to €400 ($495) and those who purchase both electric and conventional cargo bikes will receive …

Race, not poverty, was found to be the strongest predictor of exposure to PM 2.5, a health-damaging particle created when fossil fuels are burned.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, 2 March 2018  A new EPA study found that in all but four states, non-whites face higher exposure than whites to PM 2.5, much of which comes from the burning of fossil fuels. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Black Americans are subjected to higher levels of air pollution than white Americans regardless of their wealth, …

Electric vehicles are cleaner than combustion vehicles everywhere, including China

Excerpt from Forbes Feb 2018 Electric vehicles are definitely growing around the world, and will top 300 million shortly after 2040, according to the International Energy Agency. UPS just announced a partnership with Workhorse to build about 35,000 electric vans for its delivery fleet based, in part, on how much easier it is now to charge them. This is extremely important because a third …

Black lung uprise is one of the worst industrial workplace disasters in American history: In just three clinics in southwestern Virginia, there are four times as many cases as thought nationally

In a study released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), federal researchers identified more than 400 cases of complicated black lung in three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017—the largest cluster ever reported. However, the actual number of cases is likely much, much higher as the government analysis relied on self-reporting. An ongoing investigation from NPR has counted …

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 …