Air Quality

A warming planet is wreaking havoc on bird populations. That’s the assessment of two big reports on North American birds, the latest of which foresees a bleak future for our feathered friends if climate change is not curbed. The National Audubon Society on October 10 published Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, which…

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Policy Changes to Impact our Health and the Outdoors It’s clear the Trump Administration is rolling back protective environmental standards and rules to support the fossil fuel industry. The New York Times recently updated the tally to a total of 84 completed and in-process rollbacks, which include the Clean Power Plan, the Methane rules for…

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They’re not gonna take it anymore. Inspired by the actions of the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, an estimated 4 million young people and their allies in 185 countries are marching out of their schools, offices, and homes, demanding immediate action to slow the effects of climate change. On Friday, September 20, AMC Outdoors reporters fanned out…

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Human health standard upheld, rebuffing challenges that it is overprotective A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in late August 2019 affirms AMC and others’ claims that the 2015 ozone standard left forests under-protected. The court sent portions of the rule back to the EPA where they must…

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One million animal and plant species are on the verge of extinction, according to a United Nations report released in May, and we humans bear much of the blame. Climate change, overfishing, pollution, and urban expansion are all threatening Earth’s biodiversity, and with it our own food security, health, and quality of life, according to…

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Evidence that the Clean Air Act works can be found in the clouds. Every summer the AMC sets up a low-tech cloud catcher on the slope of Mount Washington and we have accumulated a dataset unlike any other.  Clouds are “caught” when they pass through the sample box and cloud water precipitates onto a bank…

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When it comes to toxic mercury levels that can harm wildlife, the Northeast is “the tailpipe of the world,” says David Evers, executive director and chief scientist of the nonprofit Biodiversity Research Institute, in Portland, Maine. Global wind patterns carry mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants across the United States and from as far away…

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“Green New Deal”: It’s already one of most-used political phrases of 2019—and arguably one of the most divisive. For some Americans, the proposed Congressional resolution embodies government overreach in its most egregious form. For others, the Green New Deal represents the decisive action needed to save humanity from climate extinction. Still others, including Speaker of the House…

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January welcomed a new class to U.S. Congress, including some emerging female superstars. Many of these political freshwomen hail from AMC’s region and bring environmental insight and ideas for climate change mitigation to our nation’s capital. AMC looks forward to working alongside these leaders, continuing to build broad, bipartisan support for the protection of Northeastern…

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Cambridge, Mass., long known as an urban bastion of Ivy League academia, is betting on a new type of greening: harnessing its treetops to fight climate change. Cambridge officials are developing an urban forest master plan to restore and expand the city’s tree canopy after studies found an alarming shrinkage of tree cover. Cambridge is…

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