Previous Pollution News 2020

Defying Trump, 5 Automakers Lock In a Deal on Greenhouse Gas Pollution 08-17-20

The five — Ford, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo — sealed a binding agreement with California to follow the state’s stricter tailpipe emissions rules. Read more at The New York Times


Traffic Is Way Down Because Of Lockdown, But Air Pollution? Not So Much 05-19-20

Ozone Pollution Has Decreased Only Slightly During The Pandemic Read more at NPR


The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from? 04-27-20

Pedestrians have taken over city streets, people have almost entirely stopped flying, skies are blue (even in Los Angeles!) for the first time in decades, and global CO2 emissions are on-track to drop by … about 5.5 percent. Read more at Grist


U.S. Air Quality Decreased in Recent Years, Study Finds 04-21-20

Nearly half of America’s population lives in places where they are exposed to unhealthy air. For a deeper dive: NPR, CNN, ABC


How Big Oil and Big Soda kept a global environmental calamity a secret for decades 03-03-20

Every human on Earth is ingesting nearly 2,000 particles of plastic a week. Read more at Rolling Stone


Federal Bill Seeks to Make Companies Responsible for Plastic Waste 02-10-20

The legislation, to be introduced Tuesday, has little chance of becoming a law, but the effort shows the increased influence of environmental groups in taking on recycling issues. Read more at The New York Times


Environmental groups, scientists say DEQ’s air monitoring program fails the sniff test 01-24-20

Because DEQ limited air monitor sites to meet EPA criteria, they were too far from hog farms to accurately measure their emissions. Read more at NC Policy Watch


BlackRock joins pressure group taking on biggest polluters 01-09-20

World’s largest investor signs up to Climate Action 100+ after criticism from activists Read more at The Guardian