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EEA reports poor air quality caused premature deaths of 400,000 Europeans in 2016

AGreenLiving

Indeed, the European Environment Agency (EEA) highlighted the issue when reporting that over 400,000 Europeans met their untimely demise in 2016 due to poor air quality. ” Related: Climate change is a public health issue amounting to billions in medical costs According to the World Health Organization (WHO) , “Pollutants with the strongest evidence for public health concerns include particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2).”

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The ‘environmental crime of the century’ solved

Grist

In 2016, sensors began picking up an illegal gas billowing into the atmosphere from eastern China. The gas, CFC-11, was banned in 2010 under the Montreal Protocol — the international treaty to eliminate substances that wreck the Earth’s protective ozone layer.

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China’s new frontier for VOC regulations

GreenBiz

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) combine with nitrogen oxide to create ozone, a key precursor to smog. When energy use surges in the autumn and winter seasons, particulate matter and ozone increase to dangerously high levels. China’s new frontier for VOC regulations. Shuying Xu.

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Sponsored content: Green chiller is cool choice

Envirotec Magazine

Mackie’s green initiative involves replacing the gases used in its refrigeration plants from HCFC – which have a very high global warming potential – to ammonia, an environmentally-friendly refrigerant that has no impact on global warming or ozone depletion.

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New data show Houston-area communities are being flooded with chemicals

Grist

Ozone, which can aggravate lung diseases including asthma and emphysema, was well above the EPA’s eight-hour limit. Between 2016 and 2021, the Texas legislature slashed the TCEQ’s funding by 20 percent, even as it increased the state budget by 16 percent.

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US, China commit to phase down climate-warming HFCs from refrigerators and air conditioners – but what will replace them this time?

Renewable Energy World

CFCs were destroying the ozone layer high in the Earth’s atmosphere, which is essential for protecting life from the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. They largely saved the world from impending ozone disaster, and they are now found in refrigerators and heat pumps everywhere.

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An enduring threat to water?

Envirotec Magazine

In 2016, the detection of PFAS in drinking water in the USA took a step forward. An alternative approach requires an ozone generator to add the chemical oxidant, ozone, in a process termed ozofractionation29, 30.

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Understanding the Anthropocene, Resilience Thinking, and the Future of Industry

Green Business Bureau

In 2016, the Anthropocene Working Group confirmed that the Anthropocene is different from the Holocene, and it began in the year 1950 with the Great Acceleration.

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Risk, doubt, and the burden of proof in the climate debate

GreenBiz

After this conference, in 2016, Heartland’s science director gave a speech titled "Man-Caused Global Warming: The Greatest Scam in World History" (rather than one called, say, "Man-Caused Global Warming: We Agree We’re Causing It But Predict Less Warming Than Others Do.").

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Air Regulators Tackle Trucking at Southern California Warehouses

Clean Energy Law

The rule includes a sunset date, whereby the WPCO requirement expires after both an EPA finding that all SCAQMD air basins have attained the federal 2015 ozone standard of 70 parts per billion (ppb) and a CARB finding that all SCAQMD air basins have attained the state ozone standard of 70 ppb.

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Fenceline Community Groups in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Celebrate Mounting Victories

DeSmogBlog

Taylor, a retired general contractor, was driven to form the community group in 2016 after learning that the U.S. James Parish would violate the EPA’s standards for soot and ozone-forming nitrogen dioxide.

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As Alarm Over Plastic Grows, Saudis Ramp Up Production in the US

DeSmogBlog

In January 2016, Mohammed bin Salman, then the deputy crown prince, announced that Aramco would be open for the first time in history to an initial public offering, or IPO; 5% of its shares would be made available on international financial markets.

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Part 2: The Dirty Dozen Documents of Big Oil’s Secret Climate Knowledge

DeSmogBlog

Duane Levine gives a presentation to the company’s board of directors where he’s comparing what governments did with these chemicals called CFCs that were destroying the ozone layer, with what might happen to fossil fuels when governments start to focus on climate change. By Paul D.

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Nitrous oxide levels are on the rise

Envirotec Magazine

Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas and one of the main stratospheric ozone depleting substances on the planet. In their paper published in Nature Climate Change , the authors present estimates of N2O emissions determined from three global atmospheric inversion frameworks spanning 1998–2016, based on atmospheric N2O observations from global networks.

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The Overview Effect

Grist

In response, NASA began positioning itself as an environmental authority, publicizing its new satellite technology that monitored the oceans, air pollution, and the ozone layer.

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Air District Targets Southern California Logistics Industry

Clean Energy Law

The Basin does not meet the state or federal ambient air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter, and existing regulations have to date proved insufficient to bring the Basin into compliance.

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Air District Targets Southern California Logistics Industry

Latham's Clean Energy Law Report

The Basin does not meet the state or federal ambient air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter, and existing regulations have to date proved insufficient to bring the Basin into compliance.

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Geoengineering’s gender problem could put the planet at risk

Grist

According to a TIAA Institute study published in 2016, fewer than one in 10 women faculty are full professors. This story was originally published by WIRED and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

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China’s new frontier for VOC regulations

AGreenLiving

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) combine with nitrogen oxide to create ozone, a key precursor to smog. For any company operating in or with significant supply chain exposure to China, building an understanding of the national and local regulatory landscape and best practices related to VOC mitigation recently has become a vital step to reducing the risk of business interruption arising from environmental enforcement that began in 2016.

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China’s new frontier for VOC regulations

AGreenLiving

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) combine with nitrogen oxide to create ozone, a key precursor to smog. For any company operating in or with significant supply chain exposure to China, building an understanding of the national and local regulatory landscape and best practices related to VOC mitigation recently has become a vital step to reducing the risk of business interruption arising from environmental enforcement that began in 2016.

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What Is Carbon Accounting?

Green Business Bureau

The most common GHGs in our atmosphere are water vapor (H 2 O), carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), and ozone (O 3 ). . The Paris Climate Agreement opened for signature on Earth Day (22nd of April 2016), at the UN headquarters in New York. CARBON ACCOUNTING.

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Video Storytelling: 20 Best Climate Change and Sustainability Documentaries (Plus How To Tell Your Green Story)

Green Business Bureau

These include climate change, biosphere integrity (functional and generic), land-system change, freshwater use, biogeochemical flows (nitrogen and phosphorus), ocean acidification, atmospheric aerosol pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, and the release of novel chemicals.

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In Texas, a battle is brewing over a Trump EPA official’s confidential emails

Grist

For instance, Honeycutt questioned the Obama EPA’s strengthening of smog regulations, making the argument — contrary to scientific evidence — that reducing ozone levels would result in negligible health benefits in part because most Americans spend the majority of their time indoors.

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Risk, doubt, and the burden of proof in the climate debate

AGreenLiving

” After this conference, in 2016, Heartland’s science director gave a speech titled “Man-Caused Global Warming: The Greatest Scam in World History” (rather than one called, say, “Man-Caused Global Warming: We Agree We’re Causing It But Predict Less Warming Than Others Do.”)

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Climate Change: Where Are We Now?

Unsustainable

The year 2016 ranks as the warmest on record. The IPCC was an outgrowth of a 1987 Canadian conference which produced the Montreal Protocol , an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. Featured Photo: Harrison (coal-fired) Power Station, Haywood, West Virginia.