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Monday, November 20, 2017

How Much Would It Cost to Power Puerto Rico With Solar Energy?

(Clean Air Watch is pleased to present this topical guest post by Kyle Pennell)

When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico in late September, the island was decimated. The official death toll is still less than 100 people, but that number will likely continue to rise due to contaminated water and a lack of medical supplies and services.

In addition to the lives lost, Maria caused an estimated $95 billion in damage. Most of the nation’s critical infrastructure was destroyed. Along with the roads, bridges, and dams, the national electric grid was also wiped out. Though it’s been over a month since the hurricane hit, over 60 percent of Puerto Ricans still lack electricity. That means millions of the country’s 3.4 million citizens are without reliable power.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The World Is Not Ours Alone: How Air Pollution Can Affect Our Pets

(Some times we forget that dirty air doesn't just harm people.  Guest blogger Lucy Wyndham explains the impact of air pollution on pets.)

The negative effects of pollution on human health are well-known. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer and asthma attacks are just a few of the health conditions millions of people are forced to face owing to toxic air. Pollution is not just a human problem, however; rather, it also affects our pets, potentially shortening their lives by many years.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Important Reminder: How Outdoor Air Pollution Can Affect Your Lungs

(This guest post by Lucy Wyndham is an important reminder of the dangers associated with dirty air. Lucy has assembled other important information at Pneumonia in seniors )

How Outdoor Air Pollution Can Affect Your Lungs
Air pollution remains to be a threat for a majority of people in the US. According to a report released by the American Lung Association, almost half of the population lives in areas where air pollution levels are often dangerously high. As the World Health Organization notes that air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide, it is imperative to take concrete steps to keep the air clean and prevent it from becoming unfit to breathe in. While some people may reason that they’re unlikely to be affected by outdoor air pollution as they spend a majority of their time indoors, the negative effects of breathing in polluted air cannot be ignored. Here’s how outdoor air pollution can affect your lungs and your overall health.

Dmitry Ermakov

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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.