Air

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"Global CO2 Measurement Hits Record High In May Despite Pandemic"

"A key measure of carbon dioxide emissions in the Earth’s atmosphere hit a record in May even as a global pandemic brought the world’s economies to a virtual standstill this year, according to U.S. government data published on Thursday."

Source: Reuters, 06/05/2020

Trump, Citing Pandemic, Weakens Two Key Environmental Protections

"The Trump administration, in twin actions to curb environmental regulations, moved on Thursday to temporarily speed the construction of energy projects and to permanently weaken federal authority to issue stringent clean air and climate change rules."

Source: NYTimes, 06/05/2020

"Floyd Protests: Could Tear Gas Blasts Lead To More Cases of COVID-19?"

"From Washington to Los Angeles, the scene has become eerily mundane in the last week: The soft thud of a tear gas canister landing on pavement, followed by a billow of white smoke enveloping a throng of fleeing demonstrators."

Source: Greenwire, 06/04/2020

"Coal Company Sues EPA Over Power Plant Pollution Regulation"

"A coal company has challenged an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) power plant pollution regulation in court after the agency recently finalized changes that weaken the standards' legal underpinnings."

Source: The Hill, 05/26/2020

Disaster Preparedness Key Amid Pandemic

Unheeded warnings are the hallmark of many disasters. And with coronavirus still hobbling the nation, communities and journalists must now watch for all the ways COVID-19 could make even the most familiar hazards far worse. Prepare with this extensive Backgrounder, which touches on issues around evacuations and emergency readiness when facing storms, fires, toxic releases and more.

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While No One Was Watching — Changing Enviro Regs Under Trump

Regulations that sprang from cornerstone environmental laws in place for decades are now under attack by the Trump administration, per legal experts in a recent webinar co-sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Get key takeaways and resources from the event from SEJ’s Dale Willman. Plus, watch the full webinar video.

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May 26, 2020 to May 28, 2020

Webinar: An Inside Look at How NASA Measures Air Pollution

With the world’s eyes and media coverage turned to recent global changes in air pollution from the economic downturn, NASA offers a free two-part webinar series (May 26 and 28, 1.5 hours each) in both English and Spanish.

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