Pollution News week ending May 4th 2014

All the articles and posts that caught our attention this week:

From motherjones,com:
This Is How Racist Your Air Is
Earlier this month, environmental scientists at the University of Minnesota came out with a startling nationwide study showing that different demographic groups are exposed to drastically different amounts of air pollution.

From theguardian.com:
US supreme court’s pollution ruling a victory for Obama
The US supreme court endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to deal with air pollution blowing across state lines on Tuesday, in an important victory for the Obama administration as well as downwind states.

From scientificamerican.com:
Ethanol Fuels Ozone Pollution
Running vehicles on ethanol rather than petrol can increase ground-level ozone pollution, according to a study of fuel use in São Paulo, Brazil.

From theverge.com:
Nearly half of Americans live with dangerous levels of air pollution
Forty-seven percent of Americans live in counties with potentially dangerous levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association’s 15th annual State of the Air report.

From whitehouse.gov:
Supreme Court Ruling on Air Pollution Is a Big Win for Public Health
The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which requires power plants to cut pollution that is causing smog and soot problems in downwind states, will help over 240 million Americans.

From gizmag.com:
Wonder-material graphene could be dangerous to humans and the environment
Everybody’s favorite nanomaterial may have a plethora of near-magical properties, but as it turns out, it could also be bad for the environment – and bad for you, too.

From ens-newswire.com:
Russia Ships First Arctic Oil, Fortifies Oil Defenses
President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows oil and gas corporations to establish private armed security forces to defend their infrastructure, upping the ante for protestors.

From scientificamerican.com:
Beijing Targets Kebab Vendors Grills in War on Pollution
Alarmed by pollution in the Chinese capital, authorities in Beijing will crack down on smoky outdoor grills from May 1, in a move that will hit the city’s popular kebab stalls, state media reported.

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