Protecting our health, our communities, and our planet from dangerous air pollution is the no. 1 goal of NRDC’s Climate & Clean Air program. We are working to curb the carbon pollution that is driving dangerous climate change by shifting our electricity generation, industry, and transportation to clean energy. And we are working to clear the air of soot, smog, and toxic pollutants that take thousands of Americans’ lives each year.

We fight to enforce the Clean Air Act, the landmark law adopted in 1970 to protect our health and our environment from dangerous air pollution. Since that time, NRDC has won huge battles to cut lung-destroying smog in our cities; clean up our power plants, cars, and factories; stop acid rain; and save the ozone layer.

Advocating for strong pollution standards and clean energy policies, we bring scientific, economic, and legal expertise to bear on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies. We press Congress to protect and strengthen our clean air laws, and we shine the spotlight on legislators who try to undercut the laws that protect our health and our climate. When our government sets new pollution standards, we help defend them in the courts from the inevitable legal attacks by polluters. And when our government fails to do its job, we go to court to enforce the law.


Climate Change and Health: Extreme Heat

Climate change threatens our health by warming the planet, exposing us to a range of heat-related illnesses. About two-thirds of Americans—nearly 210 million—live in areas with a greater-than-expected number of dangerous extreme heat days, new NRDC analysis finds.

Now we’re in the biggest battle of all: to prevent catastrophic climate change by transforming the way we produce electricity, make the things we need, and move people and goods around. We lead here in the United States, and we can catalyze action around the world.


  • Cleaning up carbon pollution and other dangerous pollutants from America’s power plants, the nation’s largest source of air pollution
  • Protecting children, the elderly, and others from dangerous soot and smog by ensuring that health standards reflect the latest scientific findings and by curbing the emissions that create this pollution
  • Cutting leakage of methane—a powerful climate pollutant—from the oil and gas system, the nation’s second-largest industrial climate polluter
  • Replacing the chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons, used in air conditioners and other products, with new alternatives that are safe for both the ozone layer and the climate


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The Heartland Institute and its polluter allies think Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency isn't doing enough for its fossil fuel friends.

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The Trump EPA has announced plans to try to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and deny Americans annual health benefits that include avoiding 3,600 premature deaths; 90,000 asthma attacks in children; 1,700 hospital admissions; and 300,000 missed days of school and work.

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We had a Clean Power Plan. Now we're getting a Dirty Power Plan.

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Extreme heat threatens the health of the workers picking up the pieces after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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The U.S. wind industry caps off a terrific 2016 to become the largest source of renewable power in the U.S. for the first time ever.

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Ozone layer billions of years old. Treaty to save it turns 30 this year.