With the kids heading back to school, and parents getting back into the swing of things, here are some significant developments about air pollution and climate change that you may have missed while you stepped away from the news cycle.
President Trump is misleading Americans with false claims of stewardship of our environment in his speech today. By making our air and water dirtier, and our climate more dangerous, Trump is a disaster for America.
Moms Clean Air Force Trisha Sheehan’s child attends a NJ school with mercury contaminated floors. She brings this issue to her state senator, and in a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Sen. Booker mentions cases of mercury vapor in multiple schools across his state.
While PA Representative Danielle Friel Otten’s platform is focused on social justice at every level – strong public schools, making health care more affordable and accessible, public safety, workforce development and family-sustaining jobs – it was environmental justice that first called her to run for office.
Today is is not just the first day of summer, it’s also #ShowYourStripes Day on Twitter. We love these powerful visuals that convey the dramatic impact fossil fuel burning is having on our climate!
While smoggy particles and carbon dioxide are still primary sources of air pollution, much concern has turned to airborne plastic, too. Here’s how plastic becomes an air pollutant, why plastic pollution is an increasing problem, and what parents can do about it.
Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler are gutting a plan that would reduce carbon pollution, slow climate change, and protect our children’s health. If anything, the Clean Power Plan should be made stronger, not gutted with a replacement plan that does nothing to put us on the path to climate safety.
“95% of school buses in the US run on diesel. But we know there’s no safe level of exposure to diesel exhaust for children,” says new report. Students and their communities, breathe exhaust fumes every single day. That diesel plume – a harmful carcinogen – contributes to lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.
The US comes in third for asthma-related air pollution (behind China and India), with 236,000 cases per year.This group of new studies from researchers around the world confirms that air pollution harms children’s health.
Experts agree that we have only ten years to take real action to safeguard our children’s future from climate crisis. Cutting methane pollution is one of our best chances to do just that. Together, we can create a safe future for every child.
A new report from the National Parks Conservation Association shows that the air in our national parks – a vast 85-million-acre system of 419 sites in every state, ranging from monuments to battlefields to historic sites and more – is also sub-par. In fact, 96% of our national parks are plagued with significant air pollution problems.
Moms Clean Air Force’s Heather McTeer Toney joined other leading experts to testify in opposition to Trump’s EPA controversial proposal to undermine our country’s mercury pollution standards. “Why Administrator Wheeler would ever consider weakening a rule that protects babies’ brains is senseless.”