Since its adoption in 1987, the Montreal Protocol has been widely acclaimed as the world's most successful environmental treaty, putting the ozone layer on the path to recovery.
Despite the failing grades in Massachusetts and in states throughout the country, there is reason for hope. During recent
As the Obama Administration winds down, federal agencies are pushing out new rules to implement their policy agenda before
To all the global warming naysayers: book a ticket to Cusco, Peru. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco now claims a less desirable title: land of the highest levels of ultraviolet radiation on Earth.
There is a pattern: Deny the science, question the motives, exaggerate the costs, help the polluters. When they are wrong this often, but keep at it, you have to wonder whether they care about whether they're right or wrong, or whether they are performing some other service.
Back in 2007, a panel of scientists decided that to protect public health the national ambient air quality standard for ground-level ozone standard should be between 60 and 70 parts per billion. Last week, their recommendation was finally acted upon. But does the science still say that 70 ppb is enough?
Environmental and public health groups say the new standard is a "betrayal" of clean air protections.
A former EPA official is working with BP on a plan to undermine new smog standards.
Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution.
Last year, the EPA signaled that it will announce a stricter ground-level ozone standard this fall. South Louisiana and other warm, sunny places tend to be high in "bad" ozone. After a struggle, Baton Rouge and neighboring parishes with refineries and petrochemical plants have managed to comply with EPA's current ozone standard.
Like last year and the year before, I felt a pang when I saw the top five regions with the most air pollution. All five of them are in my home state of California, relatively low-income, and heavily Latino. Too often, those most vulnerable to the health and economic impacts of air pollution are those who breathe the dirtiest air.
Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn't it?
McCarthy told The Huffington Post that the EPA will have the final rules on ozone pollution ready by October, the court-ordered