Tag: Air Pollution

One Thing You Can Do: Be Smart About Holiday Lights

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. (And find the website version of this week’s letter here.) ImageCredit…Tyler Varsell By Kyla Mandel The nights get longer this time of […]

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Air Pollution May Affect Crime, But the Problem Goes Deeper Than That

Back in September, as youth around the world took to the streets for the Global Climate Strike, high schoolers in Richmond, California were dealing with the trauma of a shooting outside De Anza High School on the same day 17-year-old Petelavanh Owen Syharath was buried after dying from cancer. The city’s residents—especially the youth—care about the environment […]

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Trump and His Party of Pollution

Given what we’ve seen in the impeachment hearings so far, there is literally no crime, no abuse of power, that would induce Republicans to turn on President Trump. So if you’re waiting for some dramatic political turn, don’t hold your breath. On second thought, however, maybe you should hold your breath. For air quality has […]

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Climate Change Poses Threats to Children’s Health Worldwide

The health effects of climate change will be unevenly distributed and children will be among those especially harmed, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. The report compared human health consequences under two scenarios: one in which the world meets the commitments laid out in the Paris Agreement and reins in […]

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The E.P.A. and a Threat to Clean Air and Water

More from our inbox: ImageContaminated waste water flowing from the Lee Mountain mine near Rimini, Mont., into a retention pond last year.Credit…Matthew Brown/Associated Press To the Editor: Re “E.P.A. Plans Limit on Evidence Used for Health Rules” (front page, Nov. 12): I spent much of Friday studying a literature review on the effects of fine […]

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E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians who say the new rule would undermine the scientific […]

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What India Looks Like When the Air Turns to Poison

NEW DELHI — Air pollution in India’s capital climbed to poisonous extremes over the weekend and into Monday, blanketing streets in an opaque haze, delaying flights and prompting fights between politicians over who was to blame. ImageA farmer burning crop stubble in Punjab on Saturday.Credit…Raminder Pal Singh/EPA, via Shutterstock Every winter, farmers in northern India […]

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Delhi Is Taking Cars Off the Road Because the City’s Become a ‘Gas Chamber’

India’s capital Delhi limited the number of cars that can enter the city on Monday as authorities struggle with a pollution crisis that has turned the city into a “gas chamber.” Toxic air pollution has engulfed the city since last week, prompting officials to declare a public health emergency on Friday: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind […]

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New Delhi, Choking on Toxic Air, Declares Health Emergency

NEW DELHI — A toxic, throat-burning cloud has settled over India’s capital, swallowing national monuments, sending people to emergency rooms and prompting officials on Friday to declare a public health emergency and close schools for days. Air pollution in parts of New Delhi rose to levels around 20 times what the World Health Organization considers […]

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Toyota’s Support of Trump Emissions Rules Shocks Californians

Toyota usually has a soft spot for California. The automaker has promoted its Prius hybrid in ads as “redesigned, CA style,” and shown its sedans weaving through verdant Golden State scenery as a Beach Boys song plays. But the good vibrations between Californians and Toyota may be receding this week after the automaker sided against […]

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An Environmentally Friendly Firecracker? India Is Willing to Try.

ROHTAK, India — Diwali is the Hindu festival of light, and during the height of the celebrations in India each autumn, much of that illumination is coming from barely controlled explosions: the firecrackers, sparklers and other fireworks that millions here love to ignite as night falls. But beyond the light, it all adds fumes and […]

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Despite Their Promises, Giant Energy Companies Burn Away Vast Amounts of Natural Gas

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. When leaders from Exxon Mobil and BP gathered last month with other fossil-fuel executives to declare they were serious about climate change, they cited progress in curbing an energy-wasting practice called flaring — the intentional burning of natural gas as […]

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Air Pollution Is Linked to Miscarriages in China, Study Finds

ImageChinese women wearing masks to protect against pollution in Beijing in 2015. The government has made inroads against China’s pollution problem. CreditKevin Frayer/Getty Images BEIJING — Researchers in China have found a significant link between air pollution and the risk of miscarriage, according to a new scientific paper released on Monday. While air pollution is connected […]

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Psychology Around the Net: October 5, 2019

New Psychology Research Links Conservative Music, But Not Rebellious Music, to Maladaptive Personality Traits: According to new research published in Psychology of Music, intense and rebellious music genres — like heavy metal and rap — doesn’t seem to be linked to maladaptive personality traits; however, the research did show some “modest links” between certain other […]

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Trump Governs by Grudge in California

In 1961, at a news conference three years before he became the Republican presidential nominee, the right-wing Arizona senator Barry Goldwater, surveying the progressive tendencies of voters in New York and its neighbors, was moved to observe: “Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard […]

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Team Trump Threatens to Yank Billions in Fed Cash From California for Not Cutting Air Pollution—but Won’t Let the State Cut Air Pollution

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew WheelerPhoto: Win McNamee (Getty) Does Donald Trump want California to battle air pollution, or not? That’s a question lawmakers there likely have on their minds with the Trump administration’s latest salvo against the politically liberal state. Last week, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department revoked California’s right to set […]

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Trump Administration Threatens to Cut U.S. Highway Funds From California

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The political war between California and the Trump administration escalated Monday with a letter from Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, warning that Washington would withhold federal highway funds from the state if it did […]

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California Sues the Trump Administration in Its Escalating War Over Auto Emissions

WASHINGTON — California and 23 other states on Friday filed suit against the Trump administration’s unprecedented legal reversal of the state’s authority to set its own rules on climate-warming tailpipe emissions. The lawsuit represents the starting gun in a sweeping legal battle over states’ rights and climate change that is likely be resolved only once […]

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Trump Muddies the Air

In announcing on Wednesday his determination to revoke California’s longstanding authority to set its own air pollution standards, President Trump finds himself arrayed against the plain language of the Clean Air Act, California’s historical role as a laboratory for tough new environmental rules and the express wishes of several major automakers and two-thirds of the […]

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Trump Will End California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President […]

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Justice Dept. Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Automakers’ Emissions Pact With California

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The Justice Department has opened an antitrust inquiry into the four major automakers that struck a deal with California this year to reduce automobile emissions, according to people familiar with the matter, escalating a standoff between President Trump, California and […]

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White House Prepares to Revoke California’s Right to Set Tougher Pollution Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump is strongly considering a plan to revoke California’s legal authority to set state tailpipe pollution standards that are stricter than federal regulations, according to three people familiar with the matter. The potential challenge to California’s authority, […]

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