Stories about Air

April 16, 2019

Oil and Gas Drilling In New Mexico Scrutinized, Methane Leaks Soar

A surge in oil and gas drilling in the Permian Basin of New Mexico is causing a dramatic increase in methane emissions according to a new study by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  The Associated Press reports that the EDF analysis showed that in 2018 statewide...

April 10, 2019

US Air Pollution Causes More Than 100,000 Premature Deaths

A new study by the National Academies of Science published on Monday concluded that in 2011, the finest scale particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5)  caused 107,000 premature deaths in the U.S. and cost the economy nearly $900 million dollars.  The study’s...

April 8, 2019

CO2 Emissions At Highest Levels In Three Million Years

Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are over 410 parts per million (PPM) and rising, and according to a new study published in Science Advances last week, that is the highest level in the last 3 million years.  According to the research team, their results “suggest that...

April 3, 2019

Texas chemical explosion kills worker, 3rd plant explosion in 3 weeks

Yesterday in Crosby, Texas (about 25 miles northeast of Houston) a tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a KMCO chemical plant, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety. This was the...

April 2, 2019

Colorado Determined to Clear Its Air

Last summer, prior to the election for Governor in Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the state an extension to meet the National Air Quality Standards — claiming that rapid growth was making it too difficult to come back into...

March 18, 2019

A rare bipartisan effort to stop weakening of mercury regulations

Last December the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to weaken part of the Obama-era Mercury & Air Toxics Standards (MATS), regulation that helps limit the amounts of mercury and other toxic pollutants that can be emitted by power plants. While the...

March 8, 2019

Moms who mobilize for the planet

Moms have emerged as serious activists on the front lines of air pollution, climate change, and environmental health and safety. Groups like the Mom’s Clean Air Force have rallied their members across the nation to crack down on everything from dirty oil...