The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Two Cities Join Campaign to Combat Carbon Pollution
Richmond, Calif. and Boone, N.C. are the latest U.S. cities to pass a resolution urging the Obama administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon and other pollutants to improve public health and address global climate change. By passing resolutions, these cities become the latest to join the Center for Biological Diversity’s national Clean Air Cities campaign.
“I am proud to have sponsored a resolution urging President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to fully enforce the Clean Air Act and to work to reduce the unsustainable carbon levels ruining the atmosphere. It is time for every community to stand up for the laws that protect the health of people and the environment. We can no longer view this as some abstract threat. It’s real and it’s here,” said Boone town council member Jamie Leigh, who sponsored Boone’s resolution.
The center’s new Clean Air Cities campaign is working with volunteers around the country to encourage cities to pass resolutions urging national leaders to use Clean Air Act to reduce carbon in our atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million, the level scientists say is needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. Albany, N.Y., Berkeley, Calif., and Santa Monica, Calif., have also passed resolutions, and several more around the country are in the process of consideration.
“While Congress continues to pass legislation gutting the Clean Air Act, yet another poll has found that the public—Democrats and Republicans—overwhelmingly favor the EPA’s efforts to limit pollution under the Act,” said Rose Braz, the center’s climate campaign director. “Cities are giving voice to the will of the American people, who clearly favor using the best tool we have for curbing pollution and limiting global warming—the Clean Air Act.”
The Clean Air Cities campaign is building a broad coalition of support from cities large and small to persuade national leaders to take action on the global climate crisis.
“President Obama traveled through Boone this week and admired the natural beauty of this wonderful mountain community. While I’m sure he realizes the important relationship between clean air and that beauty, his administration must also realize these protections are too important to trade off. He needs to know that local people want clean air. This is not about politics. It’s about human, economic and spiritual health,” said Leigh.
For more information, click here.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 320,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
Many of us think of the Amazon as an untouched wilderness, but people have been thriving in these diverse environments for millennia. Due to this long history, the knowledge that Indigenous and forest communities pass between generations about plants, animals and forest ecology is incredibly rich and detailed and easily dwarfs that of any expert.
By Wesley Rahn
Plastic byproducts were found in 97 percent of blood and urine samples from 2,500 children tested between 2014 and 2017, according to a study by the German Environment Ministry and the Robert Koch Institute.
Medically reviewed by Daniel Bubnis, MS, NASM-CPT, NASE Level II-CSS
Hot yoga has become a popular exercise in recent years. It offers many of the same benefits as traditional yoga, such as stress reduction, improved strength, and flexibility.
The Trump administration has initialized the final steps to open up nearly 1.6 million acres of the protected Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to allow oil and gas drilling.