TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 10 – 14, 2021

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NTAA is happy to announce that Moms Clean Air Force has joined the NTAA family as an Associate Member! NTAA has established a partnership with Moms Clean Air Force – a community of over 1,000,000 moms and dads united against air pollution—including the urgent crisis of our changing climate—to protect our children’s health. They fight for Justice in Every Breath, recognizing the importance of equitable solutions in addressing air pollution and climate change. In collaboration with Moms, NTAA published a joint fact sheet that provides a summary of the air pollution impacts on Indigenous people. You can view the fact sheet here and be sure to check out the Facebook Live event held on Thursday, April 15 that was recorded and posted on Moms’ YouTube channel.

You have one more week to register for the NTFAQ! May 17 – 21, 2021!

Our NTFAQ contractors (OpenWater) have updated the conference website. Please take a few minutes to check it out

Updates include:

    1. New webpages for:  Host Tribe, Keynote Speakers, TAMS Awards, NTAA Meeting.
    2. Addition of details for the Schedule of sessions.  For the breakout sessions all recorded presentations have been added, plus any handouts that have been provided to us.
    3. When you register for the NTFAQ, you can join the NTAA Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 20 at 12:30 pm PT when NTAA will be releasing the 2021 Status of Tribal Air Report. You can also learn how to join NTAA as a Member Tribe or Associate Member!
    4. Join leaders from the Moms Clean Air Force for a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, May 19th at 3pm PT. Moms Clean Air Force is NTAA’s latest Associate Member so join them to learn what they do to advance air quality!

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

The Conversation – Wildfires are contaminating drinking water systems, and it’s more widespread than people realize

NM In Depth – Navajo-Gallup water delay spurs problem solving in arid Southwest

NPR – Emission Impossible

NPR – Environmental Concerns Arise Over Energy Needed To Mine Bitcoin

National Law Review – EPA Enforcement Policies Prioritize Environmental Justice and Embrace “NextGen” Compliance Tools

Indian Country Today – Federal legislation forthcoming stemming from McGirt

Indian Country Today – Some tribes will get more CARES Act money

Indian Country Today – Land exchange for Alaska Native veterans

The Hill – Farms’ air pollution contributes to almost 18K deaths in US annually: study

Wisconsin Examiner – State of the Tribes Address highlights racism and economic challenges, threats to Wisconsin’s environment

ABC News – 50 years ago, election ushered in new era for US tribes

KUER – Advocates for Tribal Water Access Are Asking Congress To Earmark Money For Projects On Native Land

High Country News – So you want to acknowledge the land?

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

Reuters – Global renewable energy grew at fastest pace in two decades in 2020 – IEA

The 19th News – Deb Haaland on climate, energy and a new effort to address violence against Native Americans

The Guardian – The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction

ProPublica – Clean Energy Loans Trapped Black Homeowners in Debt. The Legislature Just Stated Trying to Fix the Problem.

The Hill – Biden to restart environmental review of bird habitat Trump opened for mining

CNN – Biden administration approves first major offshore wind project in US waters

TIME – Fossil Fuels, Climate Change and India’s COVID-19 Crisis

Buzzfeed – Magic Mushrooms: This Scammer Is Twisting Science In A Scheme To Save The World

Indian Country Today – Michigan tribe banishes Enbridge Line 5 pipeline

Indian Country Today – Interior drops Arctic offshore drilling proposal

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NY Times – Cyberattack Forces a Shutdown of a Top U.S. Pipeline

The Hill – Feds eye more oversight of pipelines after Colonial attack

AP – EPA sets grants to restore ‘brownfields’ at blighted sites

The Guardian – Wyoming stands up for coal with threat to sue states that refuse to buy it

The Hill – Court ruling paves the way for Minnesota to adopt clean car standards

The Guardian – Electric cars ‘will be cheaper to produce than fossil fuel vehicles by 2027’

Indoor Air Quality

Better Homes and Gardens – Why cooking with a gas stove is bad for your health

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2021-05-12T17:25:53+00:00May 12th, 2021|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 3 – 7, 2021

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In case you missed yesterday’s NTAA Informational Webinar for Tribes on TAS, NTAA’s Ryan Tsinigine hosted an informational webinar for Tribes to learn about TAS that included presentations by:

U.S. EPA – EPA Announces $4.5 Million in Grants Available for Tribes to Replace Diesel Equipment and Reduce Harmful Emissions: For the first time under this competition, matching funds are not required.

The White HouseA Proclamation on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, May 4, 2021

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

NPR – Senate Votes To Restore Regulations On Climate-Warming Methane Emissions

The Hill – EPA official directs agency to ramp up enforcement in communities hit hard by pollution

Axios – Study: Air pollution disproportionately kills Americans of color

Native News Online – Biden’s First 100 Days: Impact on Indian Country

National Law Review – EPA Will Finalize Rule Imposing Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Requirements on Natural Gas Processing Facilities

Indian Country Today – Interior sets new path through land maze

NBC – Texas enabled the worst carbon monoxide poisoning catastrophe in recent U.S. history

CNN – ‘The honeymoon is over’: Biden faces tougher tasks ahead as progressives demand more

Indian Country Today – Race, sovereignty clash as Congress meddles in tribal enrollment

U.S EPA Region 10 – Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians receive EPA approval to administer Clean Water Act programs on reservation and trust lands

EurekAlert! – Air pollution linked to high blood pressure in children; other studies address air quality and the heart

The Guardian – Air pollution spikes may impair older men’s thinking, study finds

Phys.org – Exposure to air pollution can influence investors’ decision making

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

NY Times – EPA to Sharply Limit Powerful Greenhouse Gases

Axios – NOAA unveils a warmer climate “normal” for the U.S.

Axios – Vast majority of existing coal plants are more costly than wind or solar plants

NY Times – Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change

Huffpost – How Arizona’s Attorney General Is Weaponizing Climate Fears To Keep Out Immigrants

Star Tribune – In Minnesota, fighting climate change means changing how to heat buildings

The Guardian – Climate crisis: our children face wars over food and water, EU deputy warns

Climate Home News – How youth climate court cases became a global trend

Reuters – Ice melts out at famous Alaska river betting site

Earther – Polar Bear-Grozzly Hybrids, Aka Pizzly Bears, May Be Growing More Common Due to Climate Crisis

Toxics/Mobile Sources

The Hill – Senate Democrats announce $73B clean bus plan

The Hill – Carper asks EPA to require half of new cars to be zero-emissions by 2030

NY Times – To Promote His Infrastructure Plan, Biden Revisits ‘Amtrak Joe’ Days

AP – Public transit hopes to win back riders after crushing year

Bloomberg – Plugging In: The EV Transition Gains Speed

E&E – Biden’s conundrum: Expand EVs without harming the Earth

Indoor Air Quality

CNBC – MIT researchers say time spent indoors increases risk of Covid at 6 feet or 60 feet in new study challenging social distancing policies

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2021-05-05T17:41:27+00:00May 5th, 2021|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of April 26 – 30, 2021

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@AirNow is Celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week, May 3 – 7, 2021!

We are pleased to offer an Air Quality Awareness Week Social Media Challenge. This exciting challenge encourages people to do things like explore air quality tools online and to get outside and post a photo or video with a caption, ‘Enjoying clean air!’” and “Show us an image of you doing your favorite outdoor activity.”  We’re using the hashtag #AQAW2021 Thank you for supporting this celebration each year.  This year’s theme is, “Healthy Air – Important for Everyone!”  We’ll be supporting that theme with daily topics:

  • May 3 – Wildfires and Smoke
  • May 4 – Asthma and Your Health
  • May 5 – Citizen Science and Air Sensors
  • May 6 – Environmental Justice and Air Quality
  • May 7 – Air Quality Around the World

The AQAW 2021 website will go live on Monday, May 3rd – www.airnow.gov/aqaw

Politico – What Regan wants: Inside Michael Regan’s Mind

The Hill – Senate confirms Janet McCabe as deputy EPA chief

Reuters – EXCLUSIVE White House backs 2030 milestone on path to net zero grid

U.S. EPA – EPA Reconsiders Previous Administration’s Withdrawal of California’s Waiver to Enforce Greenhouse Gas Standards for Cars and Light Trucks

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

The Results Are In – Census Bureau Announces 2020 Apportionment Counts

EPA – EPA Administrator Regan Announces New Initiatives to Support Environmental Justice and Climate Action

Axios – Interior to restore tribal lands and management in rollback of Trump-era actions

AP – Democrats move to reinstate methane rules loosened by Trump

Cronkite News – Tribal officials outline infrastructure gap ‘big as the Grand Canyon’

Indian Country Today – Alaska legislators consider state recognition of tribes

Seattle Times – Washington Legislature approves caps on carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, giving big win to Inslee, environmentalists

Nature Communications – Wildfire smoke impacts respiratory health more than fine particles from other sources: observational evidence from Southern California

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

NY Times – Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, U.N. Says

Reuters – Biden administration offers $8.25 billion in loans for power grid

Grist – AOC’s plan for a 1.5 million-strong Civilian Climate Corps explained

TeenVogue – Climate Change in Florida Is Forcing a Response From Republican Politicians

E&E – Interior to study massive solar project on Nev. Tribal land

The Guardian – ‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world

The Washington Post – Biden closes landmark summit with a message: Climate action equals jobs

The Washington Post – The Technology 202: Researchers warn misinformation on Facebook threatens to undermine Biden’s climate agenda

Washington Examiner – Nickelodeon airs Earth Day segment teaching children about ‘environmental racism’

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Washington Post – EPA moves to give California right to set climate limits on cars, SUVs

U.S. EPA – EPA Administrator Regan Establishes New Council on PFAS

LA Times – Newson bans new California fracking permits starting in 2024

Wall Street Journal – Why New Induction Cooktops Are Safer and Faster Than Gas or Electric

USA Today – Honda to phase out gas cars, aiming for 100% electric vehicles in North America by 2040

Reuters – Supreme Court seeks U.S. government views on VW emissions case

Indoor Air Quality

Climate Control News – Reset IAQ standards

Contracting Business – Fredrich introduces IAQ solutions to combat pathogen and pollutant threats

WTVD-TV – IAQ could be one of the pandemic-inspired changes that sticks around long after COVID-19 is gone

FacilitiesNet – How to Improve IAQ With Effective Air Filtration

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2021-04-28T17:13:19+00:00April 28th, 2021|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of April 19 – 23, 2021

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  • NEW! NTAA is hosting a free informational webinar for Tribes with a panel discussion on Treatment as a State (TAS) under the Clean Air Act’s Tribal Authority Rule on Thursday, May 4, 2021 at 1 pm ET. The panel includes EPA representatives that will speak about TAS and Tribal representatives will speak to TAS’s benefits and what aspects of TAS have worked for their Tribe. You can click here to register for the 1 ½ hour webinar. To learn more about TAS, visit NTAA’s TAS webpage or contact NTAA’s Ryan Tsinigine.
  • If you missed last week’s Indigenous People and Air Pollution in the U.S. Round Table Discussion with Moms Clean Air Force, you can watch it here! The Fact Sheet is also available for download and available at both Moms and NTAA’s websites.
  • Registration is now open for the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality, May 17-21st, 2021! Register Here for FREE! We want to especially thank the Muscogee Creek Nation for their partnership and assistance.  This year’s conference theme is 50 years of the Clean Air Act and How Traditional Wisdom Can Lead Us Into the Future.  Throughout our conference we will be weaving in the voices of Native youth and elders – a reminder to us all the importance of the work we do. The tapestry of tribal air quality programs is rich and diverse, much like the traditions and languages of Native American Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages.  For questions or technical difficulties during the conference, our NTFAQ team is standing by to help. Please email us at NTFAQ@nau.edu for assistance.
  • NEW! EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act’s Tribal Grants for FY21 Request for Applications are coming soon! More information can be found on this flyer and on this website.

American Lung Association – ALA Releases 2021 State of the Air Report

Fortune – Biden readying pledge to cut 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by half

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

Science Alert – Microplastics Are Now Spiraling Around The Globe in The Air We Breathe

Greenwire – EPA brings equity agenda to struggling sewage systems

Cronkite News – How Arizona’s Havasupai Tribe has kept COVID-19 out of its community

Native News Online – Minn. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan Tweets Minnesota is “A Place Where It Is Not Safe to be Black”

The Verge – The Environmental Protection Agency is Cleaning up its Image

Indian Country Today – High court seems ready to send funds to Alaska Natives

Indian Country Today – Score one for wild rice: The EPA directs Minnesota to consider wild rice when listing impaired waters

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

EPA – EPA Publishes 28th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

NY Times – Biden Is Pushing a Climate Agenda. Gina McCarthy Has to Make It Stick.

Navajo Times – Grassroots effort provides solar power to 12 off-grid HPL homes

Cronkite News – Superior mayor, tribal officials spar over bill to stop Oak Flat mine

Reuters – Exclusive: India may build new coal plants due to low cost despite climate change

Gizmodo – A Just Transition In Appalachia May Start With Plugging Old Oil Wells

NY Times – Haaland revokes a dozen Trump-era orders on fossil fuels and prioritizes climate change

CBS News – Biden’s climate duo of Kerry and McCarthy puts U.S. back in global warming fight

The Hill – Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance

Grist – Goodbye, old freeways? How subtraction could address climate change

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Cronkite News – Buttigieg: Indian Country investment a priority of infrastructure plan

Washington Post – Trump administration sidelined experts in writing car pollution rules, EPA watchdog finds

Minneapolis Star Tribune – 2 Italian managers indicted in Fiat Chrysler emissions probe

Transport Topics – EPA Provides Updates on Emissions Standards, SmartWay Activities

AP – Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in N. Carolina

Bloomberg – Gas Is the New Coal With Risk of $100 Billion in Stranded Assets

LA Times – My friend was killed riding a bike. He wanted cities built for people, not cars

Indoor Air Quality

Quartz – The air you breathe: Indoor air plays a surprisingly large role in human health, even when there isn’t a pandemic.

The Denver Channel – Amid Pandemic, Workplace Air Quality Standards ‘All Over The Place’

MIT News – A method to assess Covid-19 transmission risks in indoor settings

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2021-04-21T17:53:11+00:00April 21st, 2021|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of April 12 – 16, 2021

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Join representatives from NTAA and Moms Clean Air Force as they announce the publication of a joint fact sheet and discuss the new partnership between NTAA and Moms Clean Air Force. The fact sheet provides a summary of the air pollution impacts on Indigenous people. You can view the new fact sheet here and be sure to check out the Facebook Live event to be held on Thursday, April 15 at 6pm ET here. The live event will be recorded and posted on Moms’ YouTube channel and on NTAA’s website for viewing after the 15th.

Registration for the 2021 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ) is now open and FREE! Click here to register for the 2021 NTFAQ that will take place LIVE remotely on a virtual platform May 17-21, 2021. The 2021 NTFAQ is hosted by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Click here to learn more!

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

Reuters – Biden budget’s $14 billion hike for climate includes big boosts for EPA, science

E&E News – 6 questions, answers about Biden’s spending plan

NPR – EPA Chief Says Biden Infrastructure Bill Will Help The U.S. Face Climate Change

Reuters – Biden admin’s methane emission curbs to exceed Obama’s: EPA chief

The Guardian – Airborne plastic pollution ‘spiraling around the globe’, study finds

The Guardian – Exclusive: EPA reverses Trump stance in push to tackle environmental racism

AP – Judge orders delay amid debate over Dakota Access pipeline

Native News Online – LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard, Leader of Standing Rock’s Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Passes on

“Two years ago, when Dakota Access first came, I looked at the pipeline map and knew that my entire world was in danger,” she wrote in YES! Magazine. “If we allow this pipeline, we will lose everything. We are the river, and the river is us. We have no choice but to stand up.”

High Country News – Can a wildlife refuge help a community’s fight for environmental justice?

WGNTV – ‘We just want to breathe’: Little Village protest marks anniversary of botched coal plant demolition

The Hill – Haaland return sets up Biden decision on Utah national monuments shrunk by Trump

Bloomberg Law – Scientists Fear Trump Wood-Burn Stance to Stay Under Regan EPA

The Atlantic – Return the National Parks to the Tribes

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

Energy News Network – Black, Latinx families bear the energy burden in Milwaukee, study finds

High Country News – Tribal nations adapt to being at ‘ground zero’ of the climate crisis

Grist – Cascadia’s communities of color speak out against climate injustice

Grist – House hunters are fleeing climate change, causing a new kind of gentrification

Environmental Health News – Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

CBS – Guatemalan farmer weights leaving family behind to go to U.S. as climate change poverty forces migrants from homes

NPR – Energy Policy Researcher Says Biden’s Jobs Plan Tackles Climate Change

Gizmodo – California Could Require Uber and Lyft to Go Electric by 2030

U.S. Department of Energy – DOE Announces $35 Million for Technologies to Reduce Methane Emissions

The Washington Post – Drought-plagued California and western U.S. may see another devastating fire season

The Guardian – Meet Arizona’s water one-percenters

Toxics/Mobile Sources

The Washington Post – South Korean battery makers reach last-minute settlement

Gizmodo – Big Oil Fed State Educators Stats Used to Push Back on Biden’s Climate Goals

Reuters – Biden admin’s methane emission curbs to exceed Obama’s: EPA chief

NPR – Betting Big on Electric Vehicles, Biden Faces Fraught Decision on Ga. Battery Plant

Indoor Air Quality

Quartz – The air you breathe: Indoor air plays a surprisingly large role in human health, even when there isn’t a pandemic.

U.S. EPA Region 10 – EPA and Tribal Healthy Homes Network are hosting a 3-part webinar series on Tribal Innovations & Success Stories in Healthy Homes Outreach. Click here to register.

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2021-04-14T16:55:31+00:00April 14th, 2021|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of April 5 – 9, 2021

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High Country News – As the country reckons with race, will tribal nations lead the way?

U.S. DOI – Secretary Haaland Creates New Missing & Murdered Unit to Pursue Justice for Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Native

Indian Country Today – Fond du Lac Band wins halt to copper mine

The Oklahoman – Tribes deliver big economic lift to Oklahoma communities

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

HCN – The ‘slow-motion genocide’ of the Chinook Indian Nation

Al Jazeera – This river in Canada is now a ‘legal person’

U.S. DOI – Interior Invests $1.6 Billion to Improve Infrastructure on Public Lands and Tribal Schools

Wildfire Today – Red Flag Warnings in seven Great Plains states, April 2, 2021

The Hill – Court tosses Trump rule limiting emissions regulations

The Hill – Targeting federal spending to help EPA promote environmental justice

The Hill – Groups petition EPA to remove ethane and methane from list of compounds exempt from emissions limits

The Norman Transcript – Euchee tribe struggling to become federally recognized as its own tribe

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

Rolling Stone – Nothing’s Off the Table: Gina McCarthy Has Big Plans for the Climate Fight

E&E News – Gina McCarthy: Clean energy standard to include nuclear, CCS

NPR – ‘Green New Deal’ Leaders See Biden Climate Plans As A Vistory, Kind Of

The Hill – Biden clean electricity standard faces high hurdles

Inside Climate News – Big Meat and Dairy Companies Have Spent Millions Lobbying Against Climate Action, a New Study Finds

NY Times – Floods and Mudslides in Eastern Indonesia Leave at Least 41 Dead

Climate Signals – Climate Change & Drought

NPR – Your Weather Forecast Update: Warmer Climate Will Be The New ‘Normal’

EurekAlert – COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgent global need to control air pollution

Toxics/Mobile Sources

The Hill – EPA to propose vehicle emissions standards to meet ‘the urgency of the climate crisis’ by July’s end

Grist – Fighting pipelines to the last mile

Washington Post – Biden’s plan to rev up the electric car market is complicated by battery supplies

NY Times – America Has Long Favored Cars Over Trains and Buses. Can Biden Change That?

Eather – How to Ensure Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Is Accessible to Everyone

Climate Nexus – Why activists distrust this plan to cut emissions from cars and trucks

AP – Leak at wastewater pond prompts evacuations in Florida

Indoor Air Quality

Alaska Public Media – CARES Act flooded Alaska tribes with cash for pandemic programs. Now they’re bracing for a bigger deluge.

Minnesota Star Tribune – Historic investment a lifeline for Minnesota tribes devastated by COVID

Cronkite News – How Arizona’s Havasupai Tribe has kept COVID-19 out of its community

Dwell – Spring Clean Your Indoor Air Quality

All Work Space – Return to the Office: Why IAQ Should be the Top Priority

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2021-04-07T18:30:05+00:00April 7th, 2021|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of March 29 – April 2, 2021

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Axios – Why the climate crisis will intensify the border crisis

The World Bank estimates that three regions — Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia — will generate 143 million more climate migrants by 2050.

Indian Country Today – Historic Dakota land returns to tribe

Seattle Times – AP interview: EPA head committed to ‘scientific integrity’

NY Times – Biden’s Recovery Plan Bets Big on Clean Energy

The president’s plan, worth up to $4 trillion, represents a fundamental shift in the way Democrats talk about tackling climate change: It’s no longer a side issue.

Press Release – HUD Makes Historic $450 Million Investment to Provide COVID-19 Relief Funding to Native American Communities Across the NationClick here to watch Secretary Fudge’s video statement on COVID-19 relief funding for Tribal communities.

The Weather Channel – Methane Gas Emissions From Oil And Gas Production Underestimated, According to New Study

The research, published Monday in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, used a new method that employed satellite data to trace and map total emissions to their source on the ground, according to a news release.

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

The Washington Post – Congressional Democrats aim to reinstate rules on methane gas emissions from oil and gas works

Financial Times – Methane pollution soars in US as shale drilling resumes

NY Times – E.P.A. to Review Attacks on Science Under Trump

NY Times – Drillers Burned Off Gas at a Staggering Rate as Winter Storm Hit Texas

Frigid temperatures last month froze pipelines and forced companies to flare vast amounts of planet-warming gases that they suddenly had nowhere to send.

The White House – White House Announces Environmental Justice Advisory Council Members

Tahlequah Daily Press – Hoskin blasts Stitt, EPA power grab

Jefferson Public Radio – Karuk Tribe And Allies Want Fewer Restrictions On Wildfire Management

Scientific American – Hunger Strikers Seeking Environmental Justice Win Air-Pollution Delay​

Gizmodo – Earth Scientists Are Fighting to Push Racist Place Names Off the Map

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

NY Times – Biden’s Lesson From Past Green Stimulus Failures: Go Even Bigger

As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw a “green jobs” stimulus package that produced notable failures. This time, with more money and more demand for clean technology, will be different, Democrats say.

Washington Post – Block by block, he aims to fight injustice and save the planet

Solar panels and clean heat shouldn’t be limited to the wealthy, says Donnel Baird, who’s bringing green power to low-income neighborhoods

Reuters – Biden says Xi, Putin welcome at climate summit April 22

The Guardian – ‘We want to be included’: First Nations demand a say on climate change

Scientific American – Dead Power Grid Revived with Solar and Wind, Not Diesel

AP – New problems arise for crop storage as planet gets warmer

Drilled News – All Eyes On Weymouth As FERC Signals Interest In Environmental Justice

FERC decisions on the Weymouth compressor in Massachusetts could have huge implications for natural gas projects all over the country.

CNN – ‘Immediate and drastic.’ The climate crisis is seriously spooking economists

AP – Massachusetts Gov. Baker signs sweeping climate change bill

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Indian Country Today – Navajo officials push to broaden ‘downwinder’ coverage

Fleet Owner – Peterbilt releases EV operating cost calculator

Autoweek – VW Seeks Damages from Former CEO in Diesel Matter

Transport Topics – Senate Legislation Targets EV Charging Stations

Berkeley News – California’s diesel emissions rules reduce air pollution, protect vulnerable communities

Indoor Air Quality

NPR – The Blackfeet Reservation Is Reopening Its Roads After Vaccination Success

Reuters – Biden urges states to pause COVID-19 reopenings as CDC warns of ‘impending doom’

Axios – The key to opening schools: Better air flow

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2021-03-31T17:17:26+00:00March 31st, 2021|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of March 22 – 26, 2021

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KTOO – Natural but deadly: Huge gaps in US rules for wood stove smoke exposed

NPR – The Celebration Over, Deb Haaland Now Faces A Long To-Do List At Interior

Grist – A groundbreaking environmental justice bill is poised to become law

The Hill – Senate committee advances two Biden environment nominees

E&E News – Pollution deal exposed Trump EPA official to ethics charges

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

US News – CDC: Now is Not the Time to Travel

AP – Authorities issue wildfire warning due to weather conditions

Cronkite News – House OKs ERA bill, Violence Against Women Act in Women’s History Month

Native News Online – Indigenous Activists Fight British Columbia’s Pipelines to the Last Mile

The Hill – Interior reverses course on tribal ownership of portion of Missouri river

Indianz.com – SCOTUSBlog: Supreme Court takes up messy tribal sovereignty case

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

Axios – Biden’s New Deal: Re-engineering America, quickly

E&E – Rising temperatures could spur invasive takeovers

Cronkite News – A Colorado River showdown is looming. Let the posturing begin.

Nature – Energy and water co-benefits from covering canals with solar panels

The Guardian – Climate fight ‘is undermined by social media’s toxic reports’

NPR – Known For Its Floods, Louisiana Is Running Dangerously Short Of Groundwater

ProPublica – The Coal Plant Next Door

NOAA – Spring Outlook: Drought to persist, expand in U.S. West and High Plains

The Guardian – Activist on hunger strike in Canada calls on government to halt logging

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NY Times – How Volkswagen’s Sins Fueled Its Redemption

Electrive – Ford to manufacture two EVs in Mexico

Axios – The electric vehicle is blowing the doors off Tesla

Reuters – Exclusive: U.S. looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles

Politico – Driving downtown? Get ready to pay extra

The Hill – US seeking to boost electric vehicle material production in Canada: Reuters

Indoor Air Quality

Doc Wire News – Indoor Air Quality Issues for Rocky Mountain West Tribes

The Conversation – Fixing indoor air pollution problems that are raising Native Americans’ COVID-19 risk

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2021-03-24T18:25:25+00:00March 24th, 2021|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of March 15 – 19, 2021

TOP STORIES

New York Times – There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way.

Indianz.com – Native America Calling: Native Women leaders make their mark throughout history

Cronkite News – Feds rescind OK for copper mine at Oak Flat, seek ‘thorough review’

NY Times – New EPA Head Says Agency Has Climate Regulations Underway

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

EPA – EPA Strengthens Key Power Plant Rule to Reduce Smog this Summer and Improve Air Quality for Millions of Americans

CNN – Satellite images show air pollution returning to pre-pandemic levels as restrictions loosen

The Conversation – Fixing indoor air pollution problems that are raising Native Americans’ COVID-19 risk

E&E – Biden admin advances large solar project on tribal land

High Country News – Bridging the digital divide in Indian Country

Inside Climate News – Environmental Justice Plays a Key Role in Biden’s Covid-19 Stimulus Package

AP – Nurses fight conspiracy theories along with coronavirus

NPR – Desert Dust Sweeps Into Beijing, Causing China’s Worst Sandstorm In 10 Years

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

AZ Central – Between anger and sadness: How the climate crisis has become a mental health crisis

Nature – Business risk and the emergence of climate analytics

Bloomberg – Redlined, Now Flooding

Washington Post – Colorado and Wyoming see record blizzard, hostoric snowfall in Dener and Cheyenne

Global Safety Net – The first global-scale analysis of land areas requiring protection to solve the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, upholding and strengthening Indigenous land rights.

Toxics/Mobile Sources

The Detroit Bureau – Medium- and Long-Haul EV Trucks Cheaper to Own, Operate than Diesel, Finds New Study

Drilled News – Frackakachia And The Great Fracking Jobs Myth

Earther – The Secret History and Uncertain Future of Big Oil’s Unfunniest Meme Website

Gizmodo – Shocking Findings Show the Amazon May Already Be a Greenhouse Gas Emitter

KQED – Environmental Groups Urge Feds to Reject Gas Drilling Project in North Bay Wetland

CNN – As spring thaws the Minnesota ice, a new pipeline battle fires up

AP – Groups sue over California county’s plan to drill oil wells

Indoor Air Quality

The Conversation – Fixing indoor air pollution problems that are raising Native Americans’ COVID-19 risk

Popular Science – 2021’s Best Air Purifiers

Facility Executive Magazine – Candid Discussions About Indoor Air Quality

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TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of March 08 – 12, 2021

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National Tribal Air Association has published a Tribal Template Letter from to help Tribes comment on EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Version 2 Update

EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Version 2 updates the original specifications of the Indoor airPLUS program, which is a voluntary partnership and labeling program for new homes to improve IAQ by requiring builders to use practices and products that minimize airborne pollutants and contaminants. Go to NTAA’s Policy Resource Kit webpage for more into and to download the template letter. Deadline for comments is due March 17th, 2021.

The Guardian – China’s five-year plan could push emissions higher unless action is taken

The White House – A Return to Science: Evidence-Based Estimates of the Benefits of Reducing Climate Pollution

Automotive News – U.S. judge approves $1.5 billion Daimler diesel emissions settlement

Indian Country Today – Deb Haaland’s nomination continues ‘despite Republican obstruction’

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

The Guardian – California’s wildfire smoke could be more harmful than vehicle emissions, study says

Grist – Study: Equivalent of COVID emissions drop is needed every 2 years

E&E – Tribal Coal Fields Will Test Biden’s Environmental Justice Goals

Indian Country Today – Chair Grijalva, after years of highlighting need for tribal consultation, cheers withdrawal of key federal analysis for exploitative Oak Flat mining project

Albuquerque Journal – Enviro group wants Permian Basin air pollution addressed

Click2 Huston – 3.5 million pounds of extra air pollution released during the winter storm in Texas, reports say

Indian Country Today – EPA, Shoshone-Bannock reach cleanup agreement

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

Grist – The Navajo Nation generates a ton of power—but 14,000 homes don’t have electricity

Reuters – Senators float a price on methane to curb U.S. oil, gas emissions

Independent – Women must not be sidelined in climate crisis talks, says scientist Katharine Hayhoe

Mic – It’s not just Texas: America’s entire power grid is prone to failing as climate change worsens

WBUR – Mapping Project Explores Links Between Historic Redlining And Future Climate Vulnerability

Inside Climate News – Federal Courts Help Biden Quickly Dismantle Trump’s Climate and Environmental Legacy

Colorado Sun – Colorado competes with other states for wildfire-fighting aircraft. Climate change makes that a big problem

Seattle Times – A furious industry backlash greets moves by California cities to ban natural gas in new construction

Grist – Cascading Effects : Will race and income inequalities trip up Cascadia’s fight against climate change

The Guardian – Republicans’ new favorite study trashes Biden’s climate plans – but who’s behind it?

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Inside Climate News – The Petroleum Industry May Want a Carbon Tax, but Biden and Congressional Republicans are Not Necessarily Fans

Pine Journal – Judge OKs EPA request to review whether PolyMet ‘may affect’ Fond du Lac Band

Minnesota Reformer – Shelter reports assaults, harassment linked to Line 3 pipeline workers

The Wall Street Journal – Electric Vehicles Are the U.S. Auto Industry’s Future—if Dealers Can Figure Out How to Sell Them

Oregon Public Radio – Fresh off a bruising climate fight, Oregon Democrats set sights on diesel emissions

The Drive – US Government Sues Diesel Truck Tuner EZ Lynk Over Emissions Defeat Devices

Reuters – EV rollout will require huge investments in strained U.S. power grids

Indoor Air Quality

BGR – CDC revealed something so simple to help stop the coronavirus in your home and schools

NPR – CDC Says It’s Safe For Vaccinated People To Do These Activities

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