EPA at a 30-year low for referring pollution cases for criminal prosecution

Enlarge / Acting Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA Andrew Wheeler listens as President Donald J. Trump leads a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 18, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Polluters likely had a good year in 2018. […]

Tougher emissions rules helped cut US air pollution deaths in half

There’s little doubt that air quality has generally improved in the US in recent decades, but quantifying that improvement has been difficult. However, a recently published University of North Carolina study might have produced a more tangible figure. The NASA- and EPA-backed report determined that American deaths from air pollution dropped by 47 percent between […]

Trump’s new pollution rules could cause up to 1,400 more premature deaths every year by 2030, according to the EPA

REUTERS/Brian Snyder President Donald Trump‘s administration has released its new plan to regulate carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Affordable Clean Energy rule would impose looser regulations than former President Barack Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan. According to an EPA analysis, Trump’s new rules could cause up to 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030. President Donald […]

Fighting pollution with vertical gardens on highway pillars

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Blue Planet 2: Sir David Attenborough 'astonished' by response to plastic pollution

The 92-year-old said in a new, short online film: “We hoped that Blue Planet II would open people’s eyes to the damage that we are doing to our oceans and the creatures that live in them. “I’ve been absolutely astonished at the result that that programme has had. I never imagined there would be quite […]

Greenland ice cores track Roman lead pollution in year-by-year detail

Enlarge (credit: Johny SYSEL via Wikimedia Commons) Buried beneath the snow on Greenland’s surface, ancient layers of ice hold deposits of lead that originated at mines and foundries in ancient Rome. Fluctuations in the amount of ancient lead pollution that reached Greenland turn out to be a remarkably accurate way to trace the economic impact […]