pollution

Every so often, the media likes to warn us that we're all dying from air pollution.

Headlines like, "Air Pollution 'Kills 7 Million People a Year'" are common and repeated like a morose version of the childhood game "Telephone." Predictably, that leads to calls for tighter environmental regulations, and anyone who disagrees is labeled an Earth-hating, cancer-loving industry shill.

Now a team of researchers from the University of Chicago has created a map that depicts the average number of years of life per person that could be saved if countries adopted the...

A new economic claim from the American Lung Association of California regarding Zero Emission Vehicles and their potential health benefits has us all living in an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.  

But, their statement goes way beyond,"You get a car, you get a car, you get a car!"  

Their analysis postulates that a big push in the usage of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) will allow Americans to save billions of dollars in health costs each year, along with thousands of lives. Unfortunately, that's a promise not even Oprah could make happen. 

A Zero Emission Vehicle is a vehicle that directly produces no harmful emissions - some don't even...

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You would think with all the regulations we have regarding water safety in our nation, dating back at least as far as the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974, the situation in Flint, Michigan would have been nipped in the bud well before it came to public awareness almost two years ago. Yet the lead pollution in the water in this relatively poor and minority-heavy community continued under the very noses of both state and federal regulators. This was an unacceptable violation of public health parameters at every level of government....

Hydrofracking.47c1aabd-225x146In the largest study of its kind, a group of researchers from Yale University, led by Brian D. Drollette and Dr. Desiree Plata of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, studied the chemicals in groundwater obtained from 64 wells in three Pennsylvania counties where fracking is taking place. They were seeking evidence for groundwater contamination produced from the process of fracking, technically known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing. However, the research team found no such evidence.

The researchers reported no association with deeper pollution sources, nor for...