Air

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Shipping Rule Backfires, Diverting Sulfur Emissions From Air to Ocean

"When large ships use scrubbers to meet international air pollution limits, the treated fuel exhaust gets dumped into the sea along with other contaminants. Researchers say the discharges are packed with metals and organic compounds that threaten marine environments."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/18/2023

British Mill Company's Pollution Draws Scrutiny In Mississippi. Less In La.

"When Mississippi environmental regulators checked the emissions of a large wood pellet mill operating a few miles from the Louisiana line, they found pollution levels two times higher than the legal limit."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 07/10/2023

"U.S. Truckmakers Reach Deal To Phase Out Polluting Diesel Big Rigs"

"Some of the largest manufacturers of heavy trucks and engines in the country have agreed to accept a California plan to ban sales of new diesel big rigs by 2036 under a deal aimed in part at thwarting potential litigation and maintaining a single national standard for truck pollution rules."

Source: Washington Post, 07/10/2023

‘Orange’ Is the New Data — for Wildfire Smoke

The U.S. air quality alert scale is showing a lot of unhealthy colors this season, from oranges up to unhealthy reds and purples or worse, as smoke from wildfires in Canada periodically drifts across various U.S. regions. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox explores a key database and other resources to help journalists report on the spread of smoky air.

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Little Publicized, Methane From Coal Mines Upends Lives of W.Va. Families

"In lawsuits targeting the coal operator Arch, residents contend that mining activity has disrupted their lives and emitted a gas that threatens their safety and the planet."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/06/2023

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