Clean Air Act

Loneliness even unhealthier than obesity, should be a public health priority: psychologist

Loneliness can have the same effects on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, says one researcher.

Canadian News

Fairbanks area residents getting notices on wood moisture | Miami Herald

Residents of Fairbanks and others in the Fairbanks North Star Borough buying firewood from commercial wood cutters are due to start receiving notices …

Business

Saving the Earth's Ozone Layer Went Even Better Than Expected

In 1989, amidst mounting scientific evidence, dozens of nations joined forces to sign a treaty aimed at halting the expansion of a massive hole in …

Climate

State plans to use Volkswagen settlement to reduce emissions | Miami Herald

Maine officials say they plan to use $21 million from their settlement with Volkswagen over Clean Air Act violations to reduce harmful emissions.<p>The …

Business

D.C. Court's Mexichem Decision May Alter SNAP Dramatically

Article BySheila A. MillarJean-Cyril Walker Nathan A. CardonKeller and Heckman LLPPublicationsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped …

Climate

Exxon Mobil Is Still Pumping Toxins into Black Community in Texas 17 Years After Civil Rights Complaint

Joseph Gaines was sitting on his porch in the Charlton-Pollard section of Beaumont, Texas, on a recent evening in June, sipping beer and chatting …

Exxon Mobil

Trump’s environmental agenda is crashing into the courts

Pruitt used to sue the EPA. Now he’s being sued for what he’s doing with it.<p>Donald Trump made clear on the campaign trail that he intends to “get rid of” the Environmental Protection Agency and many of its Obama-era regulations.<p>And in its first six months, his administration has overturned or …

Climate

Protect the Clean Power Plan from the Trump Administration

Any day now, we expect EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to follow through on President Trump's executive order attacking the landmark Clean Power Plan. …

Climate

Penalties Against Polluters Drop 60% Under Trump

So far, the Trump administration's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been lighter on the pocketbooks of polluters than previous …

Pollution

Polluter fines drop 60 percent under Trump

The Trump administration has collected 60 percent less from civil penalties for environmental wrongdoing than the administrations of presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton did on average in their first six months in office.<p>That’s according to an analysis by the Environmental …

Liberal View

Court Scuttles Rule Cutting Potent Greenhouse Gas

One of the most powerful climate pollutants on earth, hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, account for a small portion of U.S. climate pollution, but …

Climate

Trump is going easy on polluters.

According to a new study from the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project, the current presidential administration has collected fewer civil …

Environmentalism

Trump actually wants to enforce an environmental rule. A court says he can’t.

On Tuesday, a D.C. appeals court struck down an Obama-era restriction on the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), chemicals used in refrigerators and …

Climate

Is This Smoke-Filled Summer Our Future?

Seattle — The weather forecast for Seattle on Wednesday reads “89 degrees, smoke.” We first noticed the smoke, drifting down from wildfires still burning in British Columbia, around Aug. 2, just as a heat wave sent temperatures spiking well into the 90s (the historical average for that week is 77) …

Opinion

EPA head casts doubt on ‘supposed’ threat from climate change

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on Wednesday cast doubt on the idea that climate change poses a threat to the United …

Climate

Dieselgate forces German carmakers to rethink their future

Two years of leaks about emissions cheating and pollution fears have damaged Germany's standing as the world leader in car production. But analysts …

World News

Pruitt's EPA isn't collecting millions of dollars from polluters — here's how it could land him in court

• <b>The EPA under Administrator Scott Pruitt is punishing far fewer polluters than the last three administrations did.</b>• <b><br>That's partly because Pruitt has told his team he wants to keep the agency's decisions out of court.</b>• <b><br>We examined three ways the EPA will end up in court, regardless of what Pruitt does,</b> …

Climate

Smoggier Skies in Texas? No Thanks, Washington!

Before leaving for summer recess, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill, H.R. 806, that would sideline public health protections by …

U.S. House of Representatives

Fines for illegal pollution drop under Trump administration, study says

Justice Dept. settled 26 civil cases against companies or environmental violations -- totaling $12M in penalties -- a 60 percent drop under previous …

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and 14 state attorneys fight EPA delay in cutting methane pollution from oil and gas rigs

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday joined 14 attorneys general to oppose a federal delay in implementing a 2016 rule designed to …

Climate

Fed Court Mutes Key Weapon In Obama Administration’s Global Warming Fight

"This ruling has significant implications ..."

Climate

Court says EPA overstepped authority in refrigerant phaseout

The EPA overstepped its authority when it banned hydrofluorocarbons in 2015 under a Clean Air Act provision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled …

Business

EPA report shows economic growth, environmental rules can co-exist

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s argument that “job-killing” environmental regulations are stifling U.S. economic growth is being undercut by … the Trump administration.<p>A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency found that since Congress passed the Clean Air Act in 1970, the …

Climate

Burning river reborn: How Cleveland saved the Cuyahoga – and itself

Many Americans remember the Cuyahoga as the river that ignited the environmental movement with a photo of flaming waters splashed across the pages of …

Lake Erie

EPA: High levels of manganese found in southeast Chicago | Miami Herald

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited a Chicago facility after finding high levels of brain-damaging manganese in a low-income …

Business

The Christian Science Monitor Daily for August 8, 2017

Editor & product manager<p>Political bias. Gender equity. Morality. Free speech.<p>If you read the “manifesto” by a Google software engineer (who was just …

Raila Odinga

Too much garbage: Landfills may no longer be enough for NCR waste: DENR

MANILA - Landfills may no longer be enough to accommodate the volume of waste produced in Metro Manila, an official of the Department of Environment …

Recycling

California counties sue oil and gas companies for damages caused by climate change

As investigations continue into whether ExxonMobil misled investors by failing to report its own scientists’ predictions about global warming, the company and other fossil fuel titans are being challenged on another legal front.<p>Marin and San Mateo counties, along with the City of Imperial Beach in …

Climate

Weather Permitting: The Origins Of Our National Obsession

In 1967, just over halfway through British <i>Vogue</i>'s first century, the movie version of <i>Camelot</i> was released. Written by native New Yorker Alan Jay …

William Shakespeare

Pruitt is on a deregulation spree, but legal backlash is coming

<i>This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Say what you want about this …

Climate