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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Reducing Air Pollutants Inside Your Home

(We have noted for many years that the answer to outdoor air pollution is not to stay inside. That remains true today: the best way to deal with air pollution is to reduce or eliminate harmful emissions.  As for indoor air, dirty air from the outside can enter your home.  And, as our friend Emily Folk notes below, there are other inside air issues to consider as well. Please note: going forward, Clean Air Watch will no longer accept guest posts. Many thanks to the many folks who have offered.)     

Your home may seem clean to you, but there’s a good chance that it’s not nearly as clean as you think. In fact, the EPA states that indoor air quality may be significantly worse than the air outside. That’s a serious problem, especially if you’re someone who suffers from allergies or if you spend a lot of time indoors. And let’s face it, pretty much everyone does.

Friday, May 04, 2018

How to Teach Children About Sustainability and Climate Change


[While debate on various environmental topics rages on in our nation's capital, a new generation is out there that -- we all hope -- can bring positive change.  Emily Folk takes a look at how to teach children about sustainability and climate change.]

If you teach a child about the importance of sustaining the planet for the long term from the time they are young, then worries about climate change will lessen. Greenhouse gas levels are higher than they've been in 800,000 years
Whether this is from natural causes, human impact, or a combination of both remains debatable.  [Editor’s note: The National Academy of Sciences has concluded that climate change ‘is largely caused by human activities.”  http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/exec-office-other/climate-change-full.pdf ]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10 Tips to Start Your Eco-Friendly Way of Living


(If you are looking for make a positive personal impact on the environment -- especially with the U.S. EPA under its current management -- you might enjoy these ideas from Lily Kaligian.)

While climate change and environmental degradation may seem like issues that we can’t make a huge difference to as individuals, every choice we make can have an impact, no matter how small it might seem. Making more sustainable choices is an important part of having a more eco-friendly lifestyle and by just changing a few habits we can do our part for the environment. Here are ten tips to start living more a more eco-friendly life.

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Learn more about the Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act is the law that defines EPA's responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation's air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer. The last major change in the law, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, was enacted by Congress in 1990. Legislation passed since then has made several minor changes.