WHO slashes guideline limits on air pollution from fossil fuels

The World Health Organization has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to tackle dirty air and save millions of lives.

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Court challenge launched over pollution from Victoria's coal power stations

Environment Victoria has launched action against the state's environmental watchdog and brown coal power plant operators over pollution levels.
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New Mexico hearing begins for next round of oil, gas rules

New Mexico is now the nation's second largest oil producing state, and environmental officials say more needs to be done to rein in pollution from the industry.

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China is key to saving the planet from climate change. But it can't quit coal

As the world's largest carbon emitter, home to 1.4 billion people and a still-expanding economy, China's strategy for cutting emissions could be the most important factor in whether countries are able to prevent irreversible and catastrophic damage to the Earth.

Climate

Coal, oil sands companies feel growing insurance squeeze

Insurance, a basic necessity for any business, is becoming increasingly expensive for some coal and oil sands companies. That's because a growing number of insurers are refusing to underwrite companies involved with producing or transporting the most emissions-intensive fossil fuels.
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Labor and climate groups haven’t always been natural allies. These advocates are changing that

In places like Texas and West Virginia, unions are having some tough conversations about the future of fossil fuels – and finding new ways to support workers transitioning from oil and coal to cleaner jobs.

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‘They screwed up our lake’: Tar sands pipeline is sucking water from Minnesota watersheds

Minnesota is weathering an historic drought, but there is another problem beyond the weather: Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands pipeline has taken a substantial toll on watersheds in the state.

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Climate, bankruptcies: A 'perfect storm' for oil leaks?

The wave of bankruptcies that hit the oil industry is exacerbating the environmental fallout from Hurricane Ida, according to Louisiana officials.
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Possible consequences of NYC's green infrastructure push

The goal of the project is to replace fossil fuel-generated electricity with power that’s derived from cleaner sources like solar, wind and geothermal energy.
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This grid technology could make or break Biden's solar plans

President Biden’s blueprint for getting 40 percent of the nation’s electricity from solar power by 2035 depends on development of a device that would take the place of fossil fuel plants in setting the heartbeat of power grids, experts say.
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A historically Black town stood in the way of a pipeline – so developers claimed it was mostly white

When residents in Union Hill, Virginia, decried the pipeline as a form of environmental racism, the energy company insisted it wasn't.

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"Intensity targets" planned to reduce carbon pollution by Colorado drillers

Colorado must cut carbon emissions from oil and gas by 60% and has proposed untested "intensity target" regulations to get the job done.
A fracking well pad in West Branch Township, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Ted Auch, FracTracker Alliance, 2019)
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Pennsylvania: Environmental groups ask for full-cost bonding for oil & gas well plugging

Environmental groups submitted rulemaking petitions to the Environmental Quality Board asking the Board to adopt regulation changes requiring full-cost bonding to cover the costs of plugging conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells.

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Allegheny County's transition to electric buses depends on finding more money

As bouts of extreme weather show the urgent threat of climate change, the Port Authority of Allegheny County looks to a future without fossil fuels.
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The climate advocates who refuse to divest from big oil

As Harvard sheds its fossil fuel investments, some argue it's dangerous to limit leverage over oil and gas companies.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

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"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

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Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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