As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center nearly 2.8 million people in the Baltimore metropolitan area experienced 114 days of degraded air quality in 2016, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.
If the United States transitioned its entire fleet of 480,000 school buses to all-electric vehicles, it could significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions each year and reduce the toxic air pollution to which schoolchildren are directly exposed. A new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and Frontier Group, Electric Buses: Clean Transportation for Healthy Neighborhoods and Cleaner Air, shows that a full transition to electric school buses in the U.S. could eliminate an average of 5.3 million tons of climate-altering pollution each year -- the equivalent of taking a million cars off the road.
Since the federal clean car standards were implemented in model year 2012 vehicles, the standards have cut global warming pollution, spurred innovation and saved consumers money. Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center released a fact sheet today detailing the benefits of the clean car standards.
Industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into U. S. waterways at least 8,148 times over a recent 21-month period, according to Troubled Waters, a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group.
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