Stories about Air

August 16, 2019

Air Pollution Can Equal Smoking a Pack of Cigarettes Each Day

This week, the largest-of-its kind study was published in JAMA and reveals that long term exposure to air pollution can have the same effect on human lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes each day. The study was conducted between 2000–2018 and included 5780...

August 7, 2019

New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew reconnaissance flights over major metropolitan areas on the East Coast – Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and found that those cities were emitting nearly 950,000...

August 2, 2019

Cleaning Urban Air, One Moss “Tree” at a Time

Across Europe, pollution-eating moss is cleaning the air. Part-nature and part man-made, the CityTree combines the purifying factor of moss with remote technology to increase the airflow through the “trees” to maximize their ability to filter air pollution. Two-thirds...

July 31, 2019

One Skeevy Thing: Swarms of Grasshoppers Invade Sin City

In what could be interpreted as a Biblical plague, swarms of grasshoppers have taken over Las Vegas, NV making it virtually impossible for tourists to walk the street of Sin City without encountering the swarming insects. In fact, the grasshoppers even showed up on...

July 23, 2019

Pipeline Company Challenges Gas Venting and Flaring in Texas

In a first of its kind challenge, the Williams Pipeline Company is fighting to prevent natural gas venting and flaring by Exco Resources Inc., which is seeking to release nearly all of the gas produced by a group of its South Texas wells as a byproduct of its drilling...

July 14, 2019

Ford and VW Team Up To Develop Electric and Self-Driving Cars

Ford Motors and Volkswagen announced Friday that they will partner to jointly develop electric and self-driving cars — in a union that plays to the strength of each company, Ford having an advantage on self-driving cars and Volkswagon on electric cars. ...

July 11, 2019

France to Introduce New Tax on Air Travel

Starting in 2020, France will begin to introduce a new “ecotax” on air travel. The new charge, costing approximately $2 to $20 for every flight departing the country, will be used to generate revenue for more environmentally-friendly modes of...

July 10, 2019

Nearly Half U.S. Governors Stand Up To Trump On Clean Cars

By Alexandra Patel and Monica Medina Twenty-four governors from across the country, including three Republicans and governors from states that voted for President Trump in 2016, have banded together to oppose one of Trump’s biggest climate policy rollbacks: the...

June 24, 2019

London’s Mayor Announces Clean Air Day to Happen Sept. 22nd

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has called air pollution “the biggest public health emergency of a generation” and has made tackling the problem an utmost priority during his tenure. This past April, London became the first city in the world to implement a...