Air Quality

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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Support the state’s plan to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Re-entering the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) makes a lot of sense for New Jersey.  RGGI is a successful 9-state program that has led to important reductions in power plant greenhouse gas emissions and significant investment in energy efficiency.  NJ was a founding member…

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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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