Tag: Air Pollution

With the Biden-Harris Ticket, Environmental Justice Is a Focus

WASHINGTON — Just six days before Joseph R. Biden Jr. tapped Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the presidential election, the California senator released sweeping environmental justice legislation. The timing, climate activists said, was important if not prescient. The Climate Equity Act, an expanded version of a bill Ms. Harris and Representative Alexandria […]

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Rising Seas Could Menace Millions Beyond Shorelines, Study Finds

As global warming pushes up ocean levels around the world, scientists have long warned that many low-lying coastal areas will become permanently submerged. But a new study published Thursday finds that much of the economic harm from sea-level rise this century is likely to come from an additional threat that will arrive even faster: As […]

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Pollution Is Killing Black Americans. This Community Fought Back.

Listen to This Article Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. When Kilynn Johnson walks out the door of the house her parents bought in 1972, where she grew up and lives to this day, she steps into the warm […]

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Study Links Gas Flares to Preterm Births, With Hispanic Women at High Risk

Across the United States, gas flares light the night skies over oil and gas fields — visible symbols of the country’s energy boom. They also emit greenhouse gases, making them symbols of climate change that many environmental groups would like to see snuffed out. Now, a new study points to another problem: Pregnant women who […]

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How Much Will the Planet Warm if Carbon Dioxide Levels Double?

How much, exactly, will greenhouse gases heat the planet? For more than 40 years, scientists have expressed the answer as a range of possible temperature increases, between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius, that will result from carbon dioxide levels doubling from preindustrial times. Now, a team of researchers has sharply narrowed the range of temperatures, […]

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Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Raising Climate Fears

The day the debt-ridden Texas oil producer MDC Energy filed for bankruptcy eight months ago, a tank at one of its wells was furiously leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. As of last week, dangerous, invisible gases were still spewing into the air. By one estimate, the company would need more than […]

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I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing

The space cars take Why do American cities waste so much space on cars? July 9, 2020 As coronavirus lockdowns crept across the globe this winter and spring, an unusual sound fell over the world’s metropolises: the hush of streets that were suddenly, blessedly free of cars. City dwellers reported hearing bird song, wind and […]

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