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Air Pollution

July 16, 2019, 1pm PDT
Wildfires have caused the city’s air quality to plummet in recent years. The new shelters will give residents a break when the air is not fit to breathe.
CityLab
July 13, 2019, 11am PDT
The Interstate 70 expansion project is affecting air quality in surrounding neighborhoods, where chronic illness is prevalent and residents feel their health and safety have not been priorities.
The Denver Post
July 3, 2019, 12pm PDT
Southern California has long been leader in air quality management, but lately the news has not been good.
Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2019, 2pm PDT
Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG have released the fifth edition of its Highway Boondoggles report.
U.S. PIRG Education Fund
June 5, 2019, 8am PDT
A motion in Vancouver, British Columbia, calls for reconsidering policies that site multifamily buildings on busy trucking corridors where diesel emissions are high.
The Star
May 21, 2019, 8am PDT
Re-evaluating the role of planning in creating, and reversing, disturbing public health outcomes, like asthma rates among African-Americans in Philadelphia.
Next City
April 29, 2019, 1pm PDT
The American Ling Association released its "State of the Air" report last week, finding that ozone and short-term particle pollution worsened in many cities in 2015-2017, compared to 2014-2016.
Quartz
April 9, 2019, 5am PDT
Barcelona is planning to expand on its initial superblock experiment in an attempt to ease the stranglehold of car congestion and air pollution gripping the dense city.
Vox
March 28, 2019, 10am PDT
London's 'Ultra Low Emission Zone' is taking effect in April. Here are the details on the ambitious clean air plans.
BBC
March 27, 2019, 1pm PDT
The Globe and Mail editorial board points out the obvious hypocrisies of the global response to an aviation tragedy relative to the ongoing tragedies that occur every day as a result of the world's reliance on automobiles.
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2019, 1pm PDT
Research shows racial disparities in exposure to air pollution as well as consumption of the goods and services that cause it.
NPR
February 17, 2019, 1pm PST
The environmental assessment for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, released on February 15, 2019, promises to be controversial.
The Oregonian
February 15, 2019, 1pm PST
A new study confirms the facts of environment justice that has long been common knowledge in affected communities. Now the evidence can be mapped, as well.
Union Of Concerned Scientists
February 10, 2019, 11am PST
Moving to a school with higher levels of traffic pollution could impact students' academic performance, according to new research.
CityLab
January 23, 2019, 5am PST
A network of monitoring devices will bring together technology and data analytics to help inform residents about air pollution.
Quartz
December 18, 2018, 10am PST
Converting all the public transit buses in California would save reduce carbon emissions in the state by 1 million metric tons by 2040.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2018, 6am PST
Luxembourg will put their money where their mouth is when it comes to cleaning the environment and providing an alternative to congested car commutes.
The Guardian
October 31, 2018, 6am PDT
A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that Chicago's South and West sides face more air pollution than the wealthier parts of the city.
Chicago Sun Times
October 26, 2018, 12pm PDT
A 'misconduct investigation' decided that an industry-funded study, used by the EPA as the basis to roll back a regulation limiting the number of old engines that could be used in new truck chassis (i.e., "glider trucks"), was inaccurate.
Transport Topics
October 4, 2018, 11am PDT
Germany's automotive industry and Chancellor Angela Merkel are increasingly worried about the economic effects of court-sanctioned diesel driving bans to improve air quality, as enacted in Hamburg last May. Four more cities are likely to enact bans.
Bloomberg News