Air Quality

In as few as 25 years, a handful of islands in Chesapeake Bay may be underwater. According to one recent report, islanders there are already familiar with the ocean slowly overtaking their lands—expected to be the first United States territories rendered uninhabitable by climate change.  This image should haunt conservationists and flat-earthers alike. No wall…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week a rollback and replacement plan for the Clean Power Plan, with the ill-fitting name of the Affordable Clean Energy rule. The Clean Power Plan was adopted under the Obama administration as a substantial step forward in managing our largest source of pollution and greenhouse gases, our power…

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A plan released by the Trump Administration this week will abandon achievable and common-sense vehicle standards by 2026. And it will do so at our expense. The plan as proposed will limit you to less efficient vehicles, cost you more at the pump, and allow millions more tons of pollutants to be emitted into the…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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Yet another move to rollback clean air protections by the Trump Administration came Monday April 2nd, 2018, when Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his verdict that our nation’s current clean car standards are “inappropriate,” and that he will seek to revise the previous determination by EPA that they are justified and achievable. …

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative—widely considered one of the most powerful domestic tools against climate change in the absence of federal action—is poised to extend its geographical reach along the East Coast this year. RGGI (pronounced “Reggie”) is a regional cap-and-trade program aimed at cutting airborne pollution from power plants by setting a limit on…

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With environmental conservation at the core of its mission, AMC closely monitors energy-related projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. When those projects infringe on natural resources, AMC weighs in and often takes action. AMC has been involved in evaluating and commenting on windpower projects for more than two decades and was instrumental in developing legislation,…

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President Trump’s vow in June to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement triggered a slew of new CO2-fighting initiatives by states, cities, academic institutions, and corporations and also re-energized existing efforts. While climatologists welcome these localized actions in one of the world’s top two carbon-polluting nations, most say it will take…

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AMC responds to the Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan An environmental policy designed to greatly reduce carbon emissions in the US is now on the chopping block. Finalized in 2015, the Clean Power Plan created targets for each state in the country to work towards for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from their power plants….

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BOSTON, Mass.– The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) applauded nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors Aug. 23 for setting ambitious air pollution reduction goals in a plan to extend the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  This regional action to address climate change is refreshing news in the face of eroding national protections for public health and…

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