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July 10, 2013 | Case

Cutting Climate Pollution from Washington's Oil Refineries

Earthjustice is representing clean air advocates a lawsuit to require five oil refineries in Washington State to improve energy efficiency and take other steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Oil refineries are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions nationally, and Washington’s five oil refineries contribute significantly to statewide greenhouse gas emissions.

June 25, 2013 | In the News: KQED News

Can Air Pollution Cause Asthma in Kids? How About Autism?

Two new studies published this week by UCSF and Harvard’s School of Public Health stress just how harmful air pollution can be to society’s most vulnerable members – children, infants, and developing fetuses. Early exposure to nitrogen oxide, diesel particulates and other airborne metals, the studies show, can impair lung and immune system development and lead to long-lasting health problems such as asthma and autism.

June 13, 2013 | Blog Post

Eliminating a 4-Letter Word: Smog

A registered nurse in the Sacramento region, Robin Kristufek sees a disproportionate number of children living in poverty afflicted with asthma and bronchitis—some die of lung disease. Their health problems come from living near busy roads and freeways, without trees or green spaces to help filter out particulates. They are forced to breathe in toxic pollution.

June 4, 2013 | Blog Post

Wake and Smile, the Nightmare is Over

In a vote last night, the Nevada Assembly approved SB123, a landmark bill that shifts the state away from coal-fired power. The bill closes Reid Gardner, directs NV Energy to eliminate 800 megawatts of coal-fired power generation from its portfolio, and mandates 350 megawatts of renewable energy development.

May 1, 2013 | In the News: Environment News Service

Petition to human rights commission says Canada must reduce soot emissions

The Arctic Athabaskan Council has filed a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights declaring that Canada’s failure to adequately regulate black carbon emissions is infringing on the rights of indigenous people. Black carbon releases fine particulate matter, or soot, into the atmosphere that absorbs heat and accelerates Arctic warming. The ensuing climate changes significantly hinder indigenous lifestyles, and the petition requests a review and report with recommendations for regulation to the Canadian government.