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Clean Cars Minnesota: A Win For Public Health, Innovation, & The Environment

Courtesy of Union Of Concerned Scientists. By Samantha Houston This blog post was written with substantial input from Alyssa Tsuchiya. On Friday, a Minnesota administrative law judge ruled the state can proceed with finalizing new clean car standards that will give Minnesotans more control over air quality improvements and progress toward the state’s greenhouse … [continued]

Clearing The Air With New Truck Regulations

Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Shelby Parks & Patricio Portillo  The trucking industry has an outsized impact on toxic air pollution and carbon emissions. Luckily, states can now adopt two new regulations to address the issue: the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule, which ensures more zero-emission, electric trucks are sold … [continued]

California Air Pollution Drops In Every County During Pandemic

Californians have now been sheltering in place since March 20. While social distancing is slowing the spread of COVID-19, it’s also significantly reducing air pollutant and greenhouse gas levels across the state. Residents from San Diego to Sacramento are seeing clearer skies and breathing cleaner air, even in the center of cities that rarely experience a noticeable reduction in air pollution.

New Harvard Study Links COVID Deaths & Air Pollution — Interview With Dr. Francesca Dominici

A new study was made public this week that sheds light on the connection between COVID-19 health impacts and air pollution. I sat down (virtually of course) with Dr. Francesca Dominici, author and Director of the Data Science Initiative at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to learn more about the study’s findings, which focused on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and what researchers plan to do next to further our understanding of air pollution’s impact on coronavirus health outcomes.