The Healthy Air Agenda

The Healthy Air Agenda

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The American Lung Association’s new report “Protect the Air We Breathe: The Healthy Air Agenda” recommends steps that will protect the air we breathe, reduce pollution, and enforce and protect the Clean Air Act. While air quality has improved in the United States, millions still breathe too much pollution and the Clean Air Act continues to be under attack by big polluters and some in Congress. Click on the presentation and download the full Healthy Air Agenda to learn more.

American Lung Association Report Outlines Critical Next Steps for Healthy Air

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American Lung Association Report Outlines Critical Next Steps for Healthy Air

American Lung Association‘s “Healthy Air Agenda” Calls on the Obama Administration to Protect the Air We Breathe

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Lung Association’s new report “Protect the Air We Breathe: The Healthy Air Agenda” identifies the progress made in the United States on improving air quality, despite repeated interference from Big Polluters and members of Congress, and highlights the extensive work still necessary to protect the Clean Air Act and the health of millions of people across the country.

Air pollution remains a pervasive public health threat in the US, with more than 124 million Americans still living in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution. The Lung Association’s “Healthy Air Agenda” details the critical next steps the Obama Administration must take to defend the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to ensure all Americans can have air that is safe and healthy to breathe. Continue reading “American Lung Association Report Outlines Critical Next Steps for Healthy Air”

E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority

E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority

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Published: December 27, 2012

Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a four-year tenure that began with high hopes of sweeping action to address climate change and other environmental ills but ended with a series of rear-guard actions to defend the agency against challenges from industry, Republicans in Congress and, at times, the Obama White House.

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Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. Jackson, 50, told President Obama shortly after his re-election in November that she wanted to leave the administration early next year. She informed the E.P.A. staff of her decision on Thursday morning and issued a brief statement saying that she was confident “the ship is sailing in the right direction.” Continue reading “E.P.A. Chief to Step Down, With Climate Still Low Priority”

Climate Change Gets Real For Americans by Adam Frank December 26, 2012 3:00 PM

by Adam Frank

December 26, 2012 3:00 PM

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now to a scientist looking back at the year that’s about to end, commentator Adam Frank is an astrophysicist. And in the category of science, he is confident about the headline for 2012.

ADAM FRANK: Something remarkable has happened that may etch this year into history for centuries to come. Twenty-twelve’s importance comes not through elections, economic shifts or the new movements in art. No, 2012 may well be remembered for something far more elemental.

This was the year that climate change got real for Americans. Continue reading “Climate Change Gets Real For Americans by Adam Frank December 26, 2012 3:00 PM”