A growing body of evidence shows that people both near and far from oil and gas drilling are exposed to fracking-related air pollution that can cause major health impacts. Unfortunately, air pollution impacts have gone largely ignored by federal and state agencies to date. Read more
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Reducing Black Carbon and Air Pollution from Diesel Engines in Latin American Countries
Efforts to reduce black carbon emissions have become an increasingly important component of national and international efforts to fight global warming, particularly as recent studies have concluded that black carbon is the second most powerful climate warming pollutant after carbon dioxide. In Latin America, the expanding use of diesel fuels and vehicles, coupled with the incredibly high rates of urbanization, mean that more people are being exposed to pollution, including black carbon, that harms their health and environment. Read more
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The EPA's Clean Power Plan: Carbon Limits Will Cut Pollution, Lower Bills, Create Jobs, Save Lives and Keep the Lights On
Posted November 21, 2014
To protect public health and combat climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed setting the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants, aiming to cut this heat-trapping pollution 30 percent by 2030. The EPA's Clean Power Plan will reduce carbon pollution by hundreds of millions of tons, cut emissions of harmful particle pollution, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides by hundreds of thousands of tons per year, and provide vital health protections to our most vulnerable citizens, such as children and older Americans. Read more