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House developers could be the secret weapon to improving air quality

(University of Surrey) House developers and urban planners could be the unlikely heroes in the battle against the ‘new tobacco’ — air pollution — say researchers from the University of Surrey.

Traffic exhaust at residential address increases the risk of stroke

(Karolinska Institutet) High levels of traffic exhaust at one’s residence increases the risk of stroke even in low-pollution environments, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and other universities in Sweden. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests that it is mainly black carbon from traffic exhaust that increases the risk for stroke, and not particulate matter from other sources.

Where to install renewable energy in US to achieve greatest benefits

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) A new Harvard study shows that to achieve the biggest improvements in public health and the greatest benefits from renewable energy, wind turbines should be installed in the Upper Midwest and solar power should be installed in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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Energy regulation rollbacks threaten progress against harmful ozone

The fight against harmful ozone is under legal threat. Air quality and carbon emissions regulations are currently in limbo in courts and congress, from core legislation from the 1970s to rules from the last US administration. This study models the future losses in the fight to drive down respiratory-damaging ozone if the regulations go away.

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Energy regulation rollbacks threaten progress against harmful ozone

The fight against harmful ozone is under legal threat. Air quality and carbon emissions regulations are currently in limbo in courts and congress, from core legislation from the 1970s to rules from the last US administration. This study models the future losses in the fight to drive down respiratory-damaging ozone if the regulations go away.

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Could clean energy cause a spike in global warming? Duke study dispels new concern – Duke Chronicle

A Duke professor recently cast doubt on the argument that transitioning to clean energy will lead to a sharp increase in global warming. When climate representatives in the United Nations met to approve a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…

From Rajasthan To Mexico: Why Gender Matters At The Heart Of The Energy Transition

Since women are the primary users of energy, they are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change impacts. Energy policies failing to reach women are thus exacerbating potential climate risks for them. In addition, gender inequalities limit women’s access to finance streams, information or training for using sustainable energy sources. Taking a gender lens approach is thus crucial for minimizing such bias and ensuring equal access to energy for both women and men

As Trump Administration Downplays Warming, Agencies Chronicle Climate Impacts – Scientific American

Trump administration officials tend to talk around climate change, but in official documents, they outline an unfolding crisis of extinctions, flooding and fire. Agencies under President Trump are cataloging climate impacts in the mandatory environmental reviews that precede major federal…

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China is on track to meet its emissions goals for 2020

Polluting emissions from Chinese thermal power plants declined significantly between 2014 and 2017, according to new research. The study analyzed data from 2014, when China introduced the ambitious Ultra-Low Emissions (ULE) Standards Policy for renovating coal-fired power stations to limit air pollutant emissions, to 2017.