• With much of the EPA closed, industrial safety and pollution inspections come to a halt
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    With much of the EPA closed, industrial safety and pollution inspections come to a halt

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Like most government agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency has been affected by the shutdown. Today, the acting chief of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, faced a confirmation hearing in the Senate on his nomination to be the agency’s permanent head. Wheeler took over the agency this summer, after Scott Pruitt resigned amid multiple investigations. Before he joined the Trump administration, Wheeler lobbied on behalf of coal industry, and critics say that creates ethical problems as well. As acting chief, he’s delivered on a promise of deregulation that the president campaigned on and is strongly welcomed by many business and farming voices. Wheeler oversaw rollbacks on car fuel standards, mercury…

  • Beijing Ain’t Got Nothing On This City’s Pollution
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    Beijing Ain’t Got Nothing On This City’s Pollution

    >>OVER THE PAST WEEK THE INDIAN CAPITAL OF DELHI HAS BEEN BLANKETED BY SMOG THAT’S SO TOXIC, I’M NOT JOKING, THEY LITERALLY HAVE HAD TO REMAKE THE CHARTS THAT MEASURE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IN THE AIR BECAUSE PREVIOUSLY IT WOULDN’T HAVE FIT ON THE CHART –>>THAT’S FROM BREATHING THE AIR THEY ARE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW –>>WE ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU SOME MORE PICTURES OBVIOUSLY BUT TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA WHAT THEY ARE EXPERIENCING HERE –>>AND BEIJING MAKES NEWS FIVE OR SIX TIMES A YEAR FOR HOW DARK AND TOXIC THE AIR IS THERE. PLANES COULDN’T TAKE OFF AT CERTAIN POINTS BECAUSE THE AIR WAS SO THICK YOU COULDN’T SEEM…

  • Sooty Birds Share Dirt on Air Pollution [60 Second Specimens]
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    Sooty Birds Share Dirt on Air Pollution [60 Second Specimens]

    Field Museum researchers and graduate students Shane Dubay and Carl Fuldner wanted to get some dirt on the museum specimens– literally. Thanks to our bird collection they were able to find answers to questions about air pollution over the last hundred and thirty-five years. In the mid 19th century the Industrial Revolution boomed in the manufacturing belt of the United States. Black carbon was spewed into the air from the coal factories burned to fuel their machines. As they flew around some of these soot particles became trapped in bird’s feathers, in much the same way a feather duster traps dirt and grime in your house. But unlike a dirty…

  • There’s Literally Nowhere In The US Where You Can Escape Corporate Pollution
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    There’s Literally Nowhere In The US Where You Can Escape Corporate Pollution

    We all know that if you’re in a big city, if you’re in a New York or a Chicago, or an L.A. or a place like that, you’re going to be confronted with a lot of ozone pollution, most of which is coming from massive corporations or factories or refineries or power plants near the cities. Well we all think that we can get away from that, right? We can escape, we can go to the mountains, we can go to a national forest, get away from all this pollution and breathe some clean air. Well, according to newly published scientific papers, you can’t do that. In fact, there is…

  • Could air pollution be worse across the street?
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    Could air pollution be worse across the street?

    So I’m about to do an air pollution test I’m here at the I-5 overpass, and I’m getting small particle count readings of around 240 I’m one block away from the freeway, in a residential neighborhood, and the particle counts are down to around 150,160. The air we breathe depends on where we are. These spots are only a block apart, but they have a big difference in air quality. This is typical in any city: air quality can get 10 times worse in as little as a block. But the tools we had weren’t designed to capture that level of detail. Until now. Cheap, portable air sensors have changed…

  • EPA Sends $12 Million To California After Air Pollution Lawsuit
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    EPA Sends $12 Million To California After Air Pollution Lawsuit

    Finally tonight some good news. The EPA is sending $12 million to Southern California to combat the region’s devastating air pollution problem. The announcement comes just one day after the state filed a lawsuit against the EPA. In that lawsuit, California accuses the agency of providing no good reason for reversing its policy of setting tough emission standards on automakers. Now the EPA will be sending a total of $30 million in grants to various district on the west coast that are out of compliance with air pollution standards. It’s suspected that the agency’s multimillion-dollar grant came in response to the legal challenge they were slapped with the day before.…

  • Child Development Resilience and the Environment: An Ecological Perspective
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    Child Development Resilience and the Environment: An Ecological Perspective

    (electronic beeping) – Dr. Miller is back to speak about adverse childhood experiences and associations with developmental disabilities. Dr. Miller. – Well, thank you. That was a short break. (chuckles) I will have to mention that though I work for the California EPA, that none of my comments today represent the state of California in any way. And as far as disclosures, I do get funding for our pediatric environmental health specialty unit from two federal agencies, the ATSDR, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is part of the CDC now, and the US EPA. And I think this is the third time in about six years that I’ve…

  • Biodiversity in our Forests
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    Biodiversity in our Forests

    Our forests and woodlands are sanctuaries for many of our wildlife. In a world where there is increasing pressure on and loss of species of our plant and animal kingdom these places are becoming more and more important. To catch a glimpse of a red squirrel on a woodland walk is a precious moment because reds are shy and spend most of their time in the lofty canopy of trees. Unlike its much larger American cousin, the grey squirrel, which is much more obvious and not shy at all, reds prefer to live in conifer trees but can be equally at home in broadleaves like hazel woodlands or even parkland.…

  • Corporations Don’t Want You To Know How Lethal Their Pollution Is
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    Corporations Don’t Want You To Know How Lethal Their Pollution Is

    THERE HAS BEEN A TITANIC EFFORT OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL DECADES NOW TO GET THE PUBLIC IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE GLOBE TO CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, TO UNDERSTAND WHAT CHANGES WE MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE SOCIALLY AND INDIVIDUALLY BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF GOVERNMENT POLICY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IT’S BEEN DIFFICULT BUT NOW I WONDER IF ALONG THE WAY THE FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE MIGHT HAVE LED PEOPLE TO PAY A LITTLE LESS ATTENTION TO SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS RESULTING FROM OUR EMISSIONS, OTHER THINGS WE ARE DOING THAT AREN’T JUST STARTING TO DEVELOP INTO DISASTERS AND WILL WRECK OUR CIVILIZATION IN A FEW…

  • Women and the Environment Briefing: Panel 2
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    Women and the Environment Briefing: Panel 2

    Bicky Corman: And look at how well disciplined and self-regulating, they all got up here on their own and sat in their assigned seating. That’s wonderful. Thank you all. So I don’t have to introduce them and call them all up, I’ll do it individually. Gina McCarthy. Gina McCarthy: I’m not me. (laughter) Bicky Corman: Bicky is our assistant administrator for the air office and she’s brought some incredible regulations out in this administration. And we thank her for it. In particular, the NATS rule that the administrator talked to you about, and most recently our cross state rule. I think Gina also can talk a lot about some of…