Wildfire Smoke Undoes Years Of Air Quality Improvement

Wildfire Smoke Undoes Years Of Air Quality Improvement

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego reveals that plumes of smoke from wildfires in recent years threatens to undo 40 years of air quality improvements in the American West and is just as deadly as heat-related health threats.  In 2020, a record-breaking […]

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As COVID Spikes Again in Alabama, Environmental Injustice Prompts a “Moral Moment”

As COVID Spikes Again in Alabama, Environmental Injustice Prompts a “Moral Moment”

E&E reports in an in-depth piece on Tuscaloosa, chronic illness and exposure to air pollution are exacerbating the spiking COVID rates and increasing the risks for people living in neighborhoods just outside the boundaries of industrial plants and refineries across the country. 

Why this Matters: Clean air should be a right, not a privilege. Across the country, communities of color face disproportionate local air pollution and higher COVID rates.

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Trump Administration Rejects Tightened Restrictions on Deadly Air Pollutant, Soot

Trump Administration Rejects Tightened Restrictions on Deadly Air Pollutant, Soot

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Monday, the Trump administration rejected more stringent standards on the nation’s most widespread air pollutant, soot. Despite mounting evidence that air pollution is linked to lethal outcomes from respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, the administration moved to retain the standards set in 2012 under President Obama. The administration says […]

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California’s Choking Smoke

California’s Choking Smoke

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer This year’s nightmare wildfire season in California has burned more than 3.7 million acres across the state since the beginning of the year. The fires have also produced some of the worst smoke the state has seen. Smoke from the wildfires has the same dangerous particulate matter as tailpipe […]

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62 Oil and Gas Companies Pledge to Reduce Methane, U.S. Companies Turn the Other Way

62 Oil and Gas Companies Pledge to Reduce Methane, U.S. Companies Turn the Other Way

This week, following a U.N. report showing that methane levels in the atmosphere are at an all-time high, more than 60 oil and gas companies joined a new voluntary agreement to report and reduce their emissions. The companies making the pledge represent 30% of global oil and gas operations, but none of them were American.

Why This Matters: According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global oil and gas industry produced 82 gigatons of methane in 2019 alone.

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San Francisco Turns Off the Gas

San Francisco Turns Off the Gas

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to ban natural gas in all new buildings, InsideClimate News reported. By making all new construction electrified, the city will be able to cut emissions from buildings and make its climate goals over the next decades more achievable. 

Why This Matters: Nearly half of San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. Burning natural gas accounts for most of those emissions, the city estimates. Burning natural gas is doubly dangerous for the planet. 

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