Previous Pollution News 2019

Rail Travel Is Cleaner Than Driving or Flying, but Will Americans Buy In? 04-01-19

Passenger rail is around three times more efficient than a car on a passenger-mile basis at current occupancy levels. Read more at EcoWatch


Move over bacon: Poultry farms are taking over North Carolina 02-13-19

New analysis finds there are now more than twice as many large-scale poultry farms than industrial hog farms in North Carolina, bringing about new pollution concerns. Read more at Environmental Health News


How a group of Charleston kids spoke out against plastic, and won 01-27-19

When the activists presented the hundreds of signatures they collected in support of banning single-use plastic, one of their moms proudly pointed out their names were all written in crayon. Read more at the Post and Courier


Lawrence reborn: A polluted mill town reclaims its future 01-11-19

Residents of New England’s former mill towns often feel left behind after manufacturers leave town. But in Lawrence, Mass., locals have refused to let abandoned buildings and polluted landscapes define their future. Read more at The Christian Science Monitor


Coal Ash Is Contaminating Groundwater in at least 22 States, Utility Reports Show 01-18-19

So far, utilities have acknowledged the presence of enough health-harming contaminants like arsenic to trigger cleanup rules at 70 coal-fired power plant sites. Read more at Inside Climate News


U.S. Carbon Pollution Surged in 2018, After Years of Stasis 01-08-19

It’s an ominous sign for America’s ability to meet its goals under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Read more at The Atlantic