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Industrial plant emissions linked to health hazards, study reveals

Industrial plant emissions linked to health hazards, study reveals

A recent study highlights the severe health and economic impacts of flaring and venting at industrial plants, including premature deaths and exacerbated asthma cases.

Victoria St. Martin reports for Inside Climate News.

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Gas cookers pump out toxic particles linked to childhood asthma, report finds

Scientists find average levels of nitrogen dioxide almost twice as high in homes cooking with gas as in those cooking without.

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EU poised to water down new car pollution rules after industry lobbying

Exclusive: Nitrogen dioxide limits and approval tests practically unchanged from current rules under Euro 7 proposals.

Air pollution in Ireland linked to premature deaths at ‘concerning’ level in urban areas, report finds
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Air pollution in Ireland linked to premature deaths at ‘concerning’ level in urban areas, report finds

Ireland met European Union legal air quality limits in 2022 but did not meet more stringent health-based World Health Organisation guidelines for pollutants including particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone due mainly to burning of solid fuel and heavy road traffic in cities.

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Electric trucks could reduce air pollution, improve health

The Yale Climate Connections team writes about environmental justice advocates who are calling for a zero-emission freight transportation system.

In a nutshell:

Low-income Black and Brown communities are disproportionately affected by the harmful pollution caused by diesel trucks transporting cargo across the country. The Moving Forward Network, a nationwide coalition, is advocating for a shift to a zero-emission freight transportation system, embracing electric trucks powered by clean energy. While the EPA has introduced new rules for regulating truck emissions, they fall short of the coalition's ambitions, prompting calls for stronger regulations to ensure a healthier and happier life for those living near these concentrated vehicle routes.

Key quote:
“For people who have to live … in the area where a lot of these vehicles are concentrated, they just want to live a happy and healthy life,” Serenity Williams says. “And to do that, we need the stronger rules so the freight industry can be held to account for what they’re producing.”

The big picture:
As diesel trucks transport goods across the country, they release pollutants that contribute to climate change and negatively impact air quality. The burden of this freight pollution falls disproportionately on low-income communities of color, who often reside near highways, ports, and distribution centers. Exposure to diesel exhaust is linked to cardiovascular issues, cancer risk and even neurological impacts.

Read more at Yale Climate Connections.

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Regan Patterson argues that electrification isn't enough. Transportation justice requires a redistribution of power.

Krystal Vasquez reports on a study showing that low-income people of color in the U.S. are exposed to 28% more nitrogen dioxide in the air they breathe compared to their wealthier white counterparts.

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Biden vetoes resolution that would have repealed new EPA limits on truck emissions

The EPA finalized new restrictions last year that seek to reduce emissions from heavy-duty vehicles to 80 percent below the current standard.
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The scientific case against gas stoves

Health experts have known for decades that indoor air pollution hurts children's’ lungs. Now, there are good alternatives to gas stoves.

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