Greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. fell 18% below last year's level in the three months ending June 15, reflecting an economy sharply hobbled by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report by research firm Rhodium Group.
Whether it's blue skies over Beijing, satellite imagery showing emissions dropping in Milan or air monitors in Houston recording less ozone than normal, mankind's sudden hunkering down in response to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in visibly cleaner air with remarkable speed.
By setting aside vital protective measures, the president and governor appear to take advantage of an economic and health emergency in order to allow more profits and pollution from existing industrial plants and to speed up the permitting of proposed new fossil fuel and plastics plants.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services will move forward with a study to determine a whether there is a link between elevated rates of cancers in a north Houston neighborhood and legacy contamination from a nearby railyard.
Texas is considering changes that could increase levels of a toxic gas believed to be responsible for some of the highest cancer risks in the country - particularly in east Harris County, where its production is concentrated.
Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.