TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of June 27 – July 1, 2022

NTAA News!

Join us for tomorrow’s NTAA/EPA Air Policy Update Call! Call in on Thursday, June 29 at 2pm ET to hear updates from EPA on policies, actions, and tools relevant to Indian Country and Air Quality. Attend by clicking here.

You can view the recorded webinar on NTAA’s homepage under “Latest News!”. You can view the NTAA’s Baseline Needs Assessment on NTAA’s Quicklinks Page Here

Top Stories

NBC News – Supreme Court restores Oklahoma authority over crimes on reservations

Yale Climate Connections – Free online environmental justice courses available for middle, high school students

EPA – EPA Releases Initial List of Programs Covered Under the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative

EPA – EPA Announces $18 Million for Training and Technical Assistance for Small, Rural, and Tribal Wastewater Improvements

EPA – EPA awards $1.2 Million to Alaska tribes to help protect communities from harmful diesel emissions

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

Grist – Low-cost sensors are helping communities find gaps in air quality data

Grist – Indigenous Ogiek win ‘landmark’ reparations ruling from African Court

Native News Online – Women of Indian Country Respond to the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Native News Online – Native News Weekly (June 26, 2022): D.C. Briefs

Climate Change/Energy

The Guardian – Energy treaty update fails to address climate crisis, activists say

HuffPost – Congress Quietly Backed An Ambitious Climate Project: Sending CO2 To The Ocean Floor

Energy News Network – Minnesota courts hear challenges to use of agricultural land for solar projects

NPR – Ice in the Arctic is melting even faster than scientists expected, study finds

Discover Magazine – 4 Ways Climate Change Is Already Taking a Toll

Axios – The era of real-time climate change attribution is here

Toxics/Mobile Sources

CNBC – How much money do gas tax holidays actually save drivers? What we know, based on 3 states that put temporary suspensions in place

Gizmodo – A Serious Gas Leak Happens Every 40 Hours in the U.S.

CNBC – Every new passenger car sold in the world will be electric by 2040, says Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods

Axios – GOP’s gas tax flip-flop

Canary Media – Startup Amogy raises $46M to fuel cargo ships with green ammonia

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Amid electric vehicle boom, US seeks to flood ‘charging deserts’

Indoor Air Quality

Business Insider – 6 Reasons To Test Your Indoor Air Quality

Globe Newswire – ABM Helps Greene County, Pennsylvania, Improve Indoor Air Quality and Save a Projected $2.9 Million

ACHR News – Airco Service and WellAir Partner to Offer Cleaner, Safer Indoor Air

2022-06-30T17:22:51+00:00June 29th, 2022|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of June 20 – 24, 2022

NTAA News!

Welcome to NTAA’s newest associate member Maggie Li, who is currently pursuing a PhD at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Li recently presented at the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality. To learn more about joining NTAA as an associate member, click here on NTAA’s website.

NTAA recently hosted and recorded an informational webinar to provide the key findings from NTAA’s national baseline needs assessment last week. You can view the recorded webinar on NTAA’s homepage under “Latest News!”

Yesterday, NTAA submitted this comment letter to EPA regarding the proposed updates to the 2015 Ozone Transport Rule. Learn what NTAA has submitted and what EPA actions you can comment on in the next few weeks on NTAA’s Policy Resource Kit page!

Be sure to join us tomorrow for NTAA’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Work Group call at 2pm ET! Attend by clicking here. We will be discussing NTAA’s participation in the National Radon Action Plan.

The new National Radon Action Plan 2021–25, which was released in January, sets a goal for the nation to find, fix and prevent high indoor radon levels in 8 million buildings by 2025 and prevent at least 3,500 lung cancer deaths per year. Here is a link to a Tribal-specific questionnaire developed by the four goal area work groups to get a better sense of what is occurring or has occurred on Tribal lands as it pertains to radon.

Top Stories

E&E News – Will EPA use special power to prod Trump holdovers on climate?

ABC –Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

The Hill – Average acreage burned in wildfires doubled since 1991

The Guardian – Skiing on a sacred mountain: Indigenous Americans stand against a resort’s expansion

US Government Appropriations House – Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Funding Bill

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

E&E News – 5 takeaways from the energy, environment spending bills

E&E News – White House releases regulatory agenda

The Hill – Public housing residents exposed to higher levels of air pollution

PBS – California has some of the worst air quality in the country. The problem is rooted in the San Joaquin Valley

PR Newswire – Industria Power Completes Solar Microgrid for San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

CNBC – Air pollution takes 2 years off average global life expectancy, more than smoking or alcohol

Axios – Most Americans live with unsafe air pollution levels

The Hill – Children at particular risk of climate change, air pollution effects: analysis

Native News Online – Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to Visit the Rosebud Sioux Tribe on Tuesday

North Jersey – New Jersey sues Ford over pollution on tribal land in Ringwood

The Hill – Tribes to co-administer national monument for first time

 

Climate Change/Energy

AP News – Fires, heat waves cause ‘climate anxiety’ in youth

Bloomberg – Solar Power Floods Europe’s Grids as Heat Wave Lifts Demand

BBC – Friendly fungi help forests fight climate change

CNN – Newly documented polar bear population lives in a surprising place

CNN – Western Europeans wilt in early summer heatwave, compounding climate change fears

Gizmodo – Yellowstone Wrecked by ‘Thousand-Year’ Floods

Stanford Medicine – Climate change impact may affect kids more severely

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Climate Nexus – EPA could phase out GHGs under TSCA

Ecowatch – New Advisory for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Announced by EPA

Phys.org – Pollution from California’s 2020 wildfires likely offset decades of air quality gains

Wall Street Journal – High U.S. Fuel Exports Are Contributing to $5-a-Gallon Gas

The Hill Here are the 12 lawmakers who broke with their parties on ethanol fuels bill

The Hill – Exxon Mobil, Chevron push back on Biden blaming industry for oil prices

Indoor Air Quality

News Medical – Using air filters at home can reduce negative impacts of air pollution on children’s brain development

PBS – How COVID funding could help improve air quality in schools

Earth.org – What is Indoor Air Pollution?

 

2022-06-22T22:33:45+00:00June 22nd, 2022|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of June 13 – June 17, 2022

NTAA News!

NTAA will be hosting a national webinar TODAY Wednesday, June 15th at 1 ET. All members of the public are welcome to join the webinar.

Follow this link to register to the event.

The NTAA Executive Committee presented key findings from NTAA’s first national baseline needs assessment (BNA) for Tribal Air Programs. You can read the full report here, and the key findings here.

NTAA’s Policy Resource Kits are for Tribes to use that includes fact sheets and template letters you and/or your Tribe can use to comment on EPA’s proposed Ozone Transport Rule. EPA just extended the comment period until June 21, 2022, so get your comments in soon!

At NTAA’s Annual Meeting, the new one-hour NTAA film, “NTAA’s 20th year anniversary” was screened. You can view the full film on NTAA’s “About Us” page here.

The 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality Recording Sessions Are Now Available Here! Thanks to all who helped make the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality a complete success! You can view an amazing video and photos that captures the full NTFAQ that can be viewed here!

Top Stories

Bloomberg Law – FERC Expanding Environmental Justice Efforts, Top Counsel Says

Nexus – Extreme Heat Bakes Southwestern US, Will Move East

Science News – Growing wildfire threats loom over the birthplace of the atomic bomb

NPR – The Yup’ik people of St. Mary’s, Alaska, are working to save their village from fire

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

CBC – Stanley Mission evacuees heading home with wildfire mostly contained

CNN –Hundreds are urged to evacuate due to wildfire in Flagstaff, Arizona

EPA – Biden-Harris Administration and EPA Announce $375 Million in Funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for New Recycling

Must Read Alaska – Wildfires: Smoke gets in your eyes across Alaska

PR Newswire – Oizom’s breakthrough technology leads the way in monitoring air quality in 50 countries 

Science Daily – ​​Scientists find new indicators of Alaska permafrost thawing

Here’s your link to last week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

AP News – Tundra wildfire creeps closer toward Alaska Native community 

BBC – Climate change: Ukraine war prompts fossil fuel ‘gold rush’

Climate Home News – Nature restoration and carbon removal are not the same. Here’s why it matters

E&E – Meet the top-paid energy trade and environmental leaders

Inside Climate News – Fifty Years After the UN’s Stockholm Environment Conference, Leaders Struggle to Realize its Vision of ‘a Healthy Planet’

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

US News – Latino Activism Leads in Grassroot Efforts on Climate Change

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Coastal Review – Officials outline steps to address PFAS contamination

Public News Service – Salt Lake City, Others Sue EPA for Stronger Ozone Protections

Grist – New study: Climate change will spread toxic mold to Midwest corn 

The Guardian – Proposed deal could slash toxic emissions in America’s ‘Cancer Alley’

Indoor Air Quality

EOS – Indoor Air Pollution in the Time of Coronavirus

Kaiser Health News – Covid Funding Pries Open a Door to Improving Air Quality in Schools

Chemical and Engineering News – Air quality expert Richard L. Corsi discusses the complexity of cleaning indoor air

2022-06-15T18:32:27+00:00June 15th, 2022|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of June 6- June 10, 2022

NTAA News!

Welcome to Teresa Topete as the newest NTAA intern!

Hi, my name is Teresa Topete, I am a rising sophomore at Barnard College with an Environment and Sustainability major. I will be interning with NTAA this summer, and I am excited to learn about air quality policy and the communities who utilize NTAA resources. Being a tribal member myself, I strive to give back to my community and educate myself on the environmental injustices impacting indigenous people throughout the US and beyond.

 

The 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality Recording Sessions Are Now Available Here! Thanks to all who helped make the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality a complete success! You can view an amazing video and photos that captures the full NTFAQ that can be viewed here!

 

Top Stories

The Washington Post – Block-by-block data shows pollution’s stark toll on people of color

Inside Climate News – Red States Still Pose a Major Threat to Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, Activists Warn

The Hill – US has eight years to cut its emissions by half. Scientists say there’s a way

The Hill – Environmental groups sue EPA over California, New Hampshire smog

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

E&E News – Ozone standards review faces pivotal moment

NOAA – Carbon dioxide now more than 50% higher than pre-industrial levels

Teen Vogue – 14 Hawaiian Teens Sue State, Transit Department Over Pollution

Native News Online – Women are Flying over the Colorado River Basin to Boost Advocacy for Tribal Water Management

Indian Country Today – Feds streamline tribal funding

AP News – Agency ruling delivers big setback to Okefenokee mining plan

AP News – Biden to visit New Mexico as state battles record wildfire

NM Political Report – Senators push for more funding for wildfire smoke monitoring

AP News – Volcanic cones near peak sacred to tribes gain protection

Here’s your link to last week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy 

E&E News – Under fire for solar probe, Biden turns to wartime powers

Utility Dive – FERC expands environmental justice, equity considerations in agency decision-making, EJ counsel says

BBC – COP26: Are nations on track to meet their climate goals?

Time – A Moratorium on Crypto Mining in New York Could Lead to Environmental Wins Nationwide

Inside Climate News – A New GOP Climate Plan Is Long on Fossil Fuels, Short on Specifics

USA Today – Bill Nye answers the most-Googled climate change questions: When did it start? How can we stop it?

Texas Tribune – Settlement reached over private border wall, but experts say it won’t stop the environmental damage

Business Insider – Gen Z can’t decide which crisis to worry about more as they weigh job options: Money to deal with sky-high living costs or a mission to fight climate change

Utility Dive – New York announces 22 solar, storage projects, pushing projected 2030 energy mix to 66% green

Axios – Axios Climate Truths: Climate hits home

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources 

E&E News – EPA, watchdog work out concerns over air toxic cancer risks

The Hill – Five automakers back California authority to set stricter vehicle emissions standards

The Hill – EPA delivers mixed results on biofuels blending requirements   

Washington Examiner – Corn lobby wins big as EPA finalizes record ethanol blending requirement

Reuters – Environmental group urges Biden to wean nation’s biofuel program off liquid fuels

Axios – Global plastic waste expected to nearly triple by 2060

Indoor Air Quality

Everything Lubbock – Genesis Air has been creating and maintaining healthier indoor air quality since 2003

Cision – Global Indoor Air Quality Monitors Market to Reach $6 Billion by 2026

WRTV– Most Central Indiana schools not testing for radon despite 2019 law aimed at boosting tests

2022-06-08T17:00:50+00:00June 8th, 2022|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 30 – June 3, 2022

NTAA News

Welcome to the newest NTAA Executive Committee Members:

  • Vallen Cook of the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in Region 5
  • Joseph Painter of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska in Region 7,

Thanks to Vallen and Joseph for their leadership with NTAA to advance  Tribal Air Programs!

NTAA – U.S. Tribal Nations Combat Air Pollution and Climate Change Without the Needed Federal Funding to Sustain and Build Tribal Air Quality Programs

The NTAA Executive Committee presented key findings from NTAA’s first national baseline needs assessment (BNA) for Tribal Air Programs. You can read the full report here, and the key findings here.

To help readers navigate the 110-page report, NTAA will be hosting a national webinar on Wednesday, June 15th at 2 ET. All members of the public are welcome to join the webinar. Follow this link to register to the event.

At NTAA’s Annual Meeting, the new one-hour NTAA film, “NTAA’s 20th year anniversary” was screened. You can view the full film on NTAA’s “About Us” page here.

Last week, NTAA also published new Policy Resource Kits for Tribes to use that include fact sheets and template letters you and/or your Tribe can use to comment on:

The 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality Recording Sessions Are Now Available!

Thanks to all who helped make the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality a complete success! You can view an amazing video and photos that capture the full NTFAQ that can be viewed here!

 

Top Stories

AP News – Critical fire condition warnings issued across US Southwest

CNN – Health and Human Services announces new office focused on the environmental risks to underserved communities

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

The Hill – Forest Service finds it was responsible for largest fire in New Mexico history

E&E News – Forest Service struggles to keep pace amid climate disasters

Vigour Times – Companies Rush To Cash In On EPA Rules For Capturing Methane Emissions

CV and More – Biden wants to “rebuild” the EPA. He doesn’t have the money to do it.

The Verge – Federal regulators crack down after pipeline caught spewing CO2

The Hill – Five things to watch for in next year’s ‘climate’ Farm Bill

NM Political Report – Delays in Navajo-Gallup pipeline mean new wells have to be drilled

Truthout – Indigenous Organizers in Alaska Lead the Way Toward Livable Climate Future

CNN – Disaster upon disaster: Wildfires are contaminating the West’s depleting water with ashy sludge

The GuardianDo wood burners add to air pollution in cities? Yes, say citizen scientists

Here’s your link to this week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

Vox – The Supreme Court just okayed Biden’s “social cost of carbon.” It’s still way too low.

Yale Climate Connection – Preserving democracy is part of preserving the planet

AP News – Weather’s unwanted guest: Nasty La Nina keeps popping up

E&E News – Are high energy prices displacing climate action in Congress?

The Hill – Climate activists frustrated as another deadline passes without spending deal

NPR – What this moment before midterms means for the Biden administration’s climate goals

Reuters – U.S. Senator Manchin could back climate provisions in slimmer spending bill, sources say

Canary Media – Why are blackouts looming? Blame extreme weather, not wind and solar

Marketplace – A 3-pronged approach to adopting clean power

CNN Business – Soon you’ll be able to buy solar panels at Ikea

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Axios – The world’s car buyers are ready to go electric

E&E News – Biden releases plan to avoid ‘dangerous’ CO2 pipeline failures

Business Insider – The price of key battery metals used in electric vehicle production is expected to fall in coming years 

CNN TravelFaster, cleaner, greener: What lies ahead for the world’s railways

Utility Dive – Optimize rising renewables levels by increasing deployment of different types of energy storage: MIT

Axios – The great American road trip, electrified

AP News – Indy 500 waves green flag on sustainability with lofty goals

Indoor Air Quality

EOS – Indoor Air Pollution in the Time of Coronavirus

PR Newswire – Global Air Quality Monitoring Systems Market to Reach $5.8 Billion by 2026

Newswires – AI-Powered Mold and Air Quality Testing Now Available to Home Inspectors and Laboratories

2022-06-01T16:58:51+00:00June 1st, 2022|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 23 – 27, 2022

NTAA News

Welcome to the newest NTAA Executive Committee Members:

  • Vallen Cook of the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in Region 5
  • Joseph Painter of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska in Region 7,

Thanks to Vallen and Joseph for their leadership with NTAA to advance  Tribal Air Programs!

 

NTAA – U.S. Tribal Nations Combat Air Pollution and Climate Change Without the Needed Federal Funding to Sustain and Build Tribal Air Quality Programs

The NTAA Executive Committee presented key findings from NTAA’s first national baseline needs assessment (BNA) for Tribal Air Programs. You can read the full report here, and the key findings here.

To help readers navigate the 110-page report, NTAA will be hosting a national webinar on Wednesday, June 15th at 2 ET. All members of the public are welcome to join the webinar. Follow this link to register to the event.

At NTAA’s Annual Meeting, the new one-hour NTAA film, “NTAA’s 20th year anniversary” was screened. You can view the full film on NTAA’s “About Us” page here.

Last week, NTAA also published new Policy Resource Kits for Tribes to use that includes fact sheets and template letters you and/or your Tribe can use to comment on:

 

The 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality Recording Sessions Are Now Available!

Thanks to all who helped make the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality a complete success! You can view an amazing video and photos that captures the full NTFAQ that can be viewed here

 

Top Stories

ABC News – 1 in 6 deaths worldwide attributed to pollution: Review

E&E News – EPA air nominee faces high-stakes confirmation hearing

CBS News – Major climate indicators set “alarming” records in 2021, the U.N. says, “bringing us ever closer to climate catastrophe”

Yale Climate Connections – NOAA expects another above-average Atlantic hurricane season

Indian Country Today – Coordinated response needed to respond to climate change effects on tribes

NM Political Report – Environmental groups release new oil and gas threats map

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

Gizmodo – Biden Admin Announces $3.5 Billion in Carbon Dioxide Removal Funding

E&E News – Community methane monitoring fills gaps left by EPA

E&E News – No ‘simple fix’: White House charts progress on EJ agenda

NPR – Native tribes celebrate Montana land ownership and bison range restoration

EPA – EPA Proposes to Protect Bristol Bay’s Salmon Fishery, Subsistence Fishing for Alaska Natives

Axios – Scoop: Sinema pushes to open up mining

Grist – In Minnesota, the PolyMet mine pits renewable energy needs against tribes and the EPA

NPR – How to stay safe in hurricanes, wildfires and summer’s intensity

The Guardian – Drought, heat and extreme wind bring ‘explosive fire behavior’ to US

NM Political Reporter – With climate change fueling wildfires, changes are needed to prevent worse scenarios

AP News – Better weather conditions aid crews working New Mexico fires

Here’s your link to this week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

The Guardian – Global heating is cutting sleep across the world, study finds

The Guardian – Sharp cut in methane now could help avoid worst of climate crisis

Reuters – Another climate change lawsuit against Big Oil heads back to state court

Reuters – U.S. power and natural gas prices soar during spring heatwave

Reuters – U.S. climate envoy Kerry says Ukraine war no excuse to let up on climate fight

Vox – The problem of global energy inequity, explained by American refrigerators

E&E News – Biden under pressure to declare climate emergency

The Hill – Congressional progressives warn Biden, EU natural gas reliance may hurt climate goals

E&E News – FERC chair on grid: ‘The old way doesn’t work’

Mashable – 3 surprising ways to cope with climate change

CNBC – U.S. Navy climate plan calls to curb emissions, electrify vehicle fleet

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources

E&E News – Senators unload on Haaland, Granholm over gasoline prices

Los Angeles Times – California oil regulator confirms methane leak at idle oil wells in Bakersfield

The Guardian – Sharp cut in methane now could help avoid worst of climate crisis

E&E News – EPA advances on Pebble mine veto

WFAA – The planet-warming effects behind oil production in West Texas

Axios – Industry heavyweights unite in U.S. battery push

Indoor Air Quality

Bloomberg – I Used This $150 Device to Track My Covid Risk. I Got Covid Anyway

Institution of Mechanical Engineers – Effective ventilation for air quality and infection control

2022-05-26T17:14:17+00:00May 25th, 2022|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 16 – 20, 2022

NTAA News

NTAA – U.S. Tribal Nations Combat Air Pollution and Climate Change Without the Needed Federal Funding to Sustain and Build Tribal Air Quality Programs

The NTAA Executive Committee presented key findings from NTAA’s first national baseline needs assessment (BNA) for Tribal Air Programs. You can read the full report here, and the key findings here.

To help readers navigate the 110-page report, NTAA will be hosting a national webinar on Wednesday, June 15th at 2 ET. All members of the public are welcome to join the webinar. Follow this link to register to the event.

At NTAA’s Annual Meeting, the new one-hour NTAA film,  “NTAA’s 20th year anniversary” was screened. You can view the full film on NTAA’s “About Us” page here.

Last week, NTAA also published new Policy Resource Kits for Tribes to use that includes fact sheets and template letters you and/or your Tribe can use to comment on:

The 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality Recording Sessions Are Now Available! Please scan the qr code by May 20th below to submit a survey of the 2022 NTFAQ so that we can improve it next year!

Thanks to all who helped make the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality a complete success! You can view an amazing video and photos that captures the full NTFAQ that can be viewed here!

Top Stories

Reuters – Pollution killing 9 million people a year, Africa hardest hit – study

E&E News – Meeting climate goals could save 50K+ lives yearly

E&E News – Meet the climate and energy wonks in Biden’s embattled science office

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

Time – The Best Stove for Your Health and the Environment

Axios – 17 GOP attorneys general sue EPA over California vehicle emission standards

E&E News – Gina McCarthy is leaving. Who will take her place?

NPR – A low-income energy-efficiency program gets $3.5B boost, but leaves out many in need

Phys.org – How drones can help dairy farms manage methane emissions

Native News Online – Native News Weekly (May 15, 2022): D.C. Briefs

Native News Online – Duwamish Tribe Prepares to Sue Federal Government to Secure Tribal Sovereignty

Indian Country Today – ‘Metrics of economic well-being’ show Native Americans underserved

NPR – The wildfires burning in the Southwest are bad but ‘not unprecedented’

Axios – January to April average precipitation in California

Here’s your link to this week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

Politico – Biden’s battling one energy price nightmare. Here comes another.

NPR – The U.S. pledged billions to fight climate change. Then came the Ukraine war

The Guardian‘Cash, coal, cars and trees’: what progress has been made since Cop26?

The Guardian – ‘This is about survival’: will Cop27 bring action on Glasgow climate pact?

Utility Dive – DOE provides $505M to advance long-duration energy storage fed by renewables

Grist – Biden calls off oil and gas leases in Alaska and Gulf of Mexico — but not for the climate

Climate Signals – Extreme Heat and Heat Waves: Climate Change Impacts Explained in Real Time

Yale Climate Connections – 2022 brings Earth’s 5th-warmest April

CBS News – Lake Powell is vanishing with devastating consequences. But it’s bringing a former canyon back to life.

Canary Media – Chart: US solar installations could fall 50% or more under new tariffs

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources 

Yale Climate Connections – Grants help Wisconsin nonprofits purchase electric vehicles

Utility Dive – Closing the gap on rural EV ‘charging deserts’

Car and Driver – Electric Cars’ Turning Point May Be Happening as U.S. Sales Numbers Start Climb

CBS News – New technology seeks to destroy toxic “forever chemicals” in drinking water

CNN Business – This toxic lake has enough lithium to supply US electric vehicles for decades

Indoor Air Quality

CMM Online – Symposium to Offer Best Practices for Improving Indoor Air Quality

US News – Wildfire Survivors Could Face Higher Cancer Risk

Globe Newswire – Global Indoor Air Quality Monitors Market to Reach US$6.4 Billion by the Year 2027

Oregon Live – Below the bare minimum

2022-05-18T16:59:25+00:00May 18th, 2022|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of May 9 – 13, 2022

NTAA News

NTAA – U.S. Tribal Nations Combat Air Pollution and Climate Change Without the Needed Federal Funding to Sustain and Build Tribal Air Quality Programs

The NTAA EC (shown below) presented the key findings from NTAA’s first national baseline needs assessment (BNA) for Tribal Air Programs. You can read the full report here, and the key findings here.

To help readers navigate the 110-page report, NTAA will be hosting a national webinar on Wednesday, June 15th at 2 ET. All members of the public are welcome to join the webinar. Follow this link to register to the event.

At NTAA’s Annual Meeting, the new one-hour NTAA film,  “NTAA’s 20th year anniversary” was screened. You can view the full film on NTAA’s “About Us” page here.

Last week, NTAA also published new Policy Resource Kits for Tribes to use that includes fact sheets and template letters you and/or your Tribe can use to comment on:

This was the first in-person meeting of the NTAA Executive Committee, staff, partners, airheads and other and NTFAQ attendees in over 3 years and it was great to reconnect with all of you! Thanks to the NTAA Executive Committee and ITEP staff for their hard work and dedication and to everybody in the NTAA family who helped make a successful NTFAQ for 2022!

Top Stories

Buzzfeed News – Trump Broke The EPA. Biden Is Struggling To Fix It.

EPA – New Enforcement Strategy Advances President Biden’s Environmental Justice Agenda

Grist – A new Office of Environmental Justice is announced

Reuters – U.S. takes unprecedented steps to replenish Colorado River’s Lake Powell

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

Yes! Magazine – Muscogee Nation Turns to Cows to Build for the Future

Prism – Climate change is leaving its mark on Indigenous-owned food businesses

Reuters – New Mexico firefighters beg holdouts to evacuate village

AP – Biden to crack down on polluters in poor, minority areas

Indian Country Today – Raising awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous people

Grist – Indigenous climate migrants face unique challenges — with too few resources

Yale Climate Connections – Why a tool for reversing Trump era rules is seldom used

Here’s your link to this week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

CNBC – Energy secretary explains why feds are spending $2.5 billion on carbon capture

The Navajo Times – ‘Please listen to us’: Diné allottees try to reclaim Chaco Canyon

Yale Climate Connections – Moms push Massachusetts utilities to transition to renewable heat sources

Thomson Reuters Foundation – As conflict and climate change bite, are high food prices here to stay?

Inside Climate News – ‘Stripped of Everything,’ Survivors of Colorado’s Most Destructive Fire Face Slow Recoveries and a Growing Climate Threat

Reuters – Explainer: Why are U.S. natural gas prices soaring?

Energy News Network – Iowa carbon pipeline opponents see lessons from Dakota Access fight

Energy Monitor – The birth of the carbon removal market

CNBC – Carbon capture challenges are not deterring investor at Bill Gates’ firm

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NM Political Report – New Mexico’s Clean Car Rule will go into effect July 1

Canary Media – Chart: Lithium prices are through the roof this year

Oil Price – The Next Frontiers In The Lithium Boom

Vox – The massive, unregulated source of plastic pollution you’ve probably never heard of

E&E News – Manchin open to methane fee in climate, energy talks

Indoor Air Quality

CMM – USGBC Releases New Report on Indoor Air Quality in Schools

Magnolia News – Indoor Air Quality Market Is Thriving Worldwide

Coatings World – New Center for Green Schools Report on Indoor Air Quality in our Schools

2022-05-11T20:43:36+00:00May 11th, 2022|TOP STORIES & HEADLINES|

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of April 25-29, 2022

Top Stories

PBS News Hour – Oklahoma wants the Supreme Court to pull back part of its historic ruling on Native rights

Time – Warmer Winters Are Erasing Alaskan Native Traditions in the Arctic

Frontline – A Government Scientist Warned About Climate Change in 2001. Exxon Mobil Sought to Have Him Removed.

E&E – Western wildfires reverse US clean air gains — study

 

NTAA News

SEE YOU IN TULSA NEXT WEEK! In-person registration is now closed for the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ), but you can still register virtually here! NTFAQ’s Planning Committees have been busy planning this year’s forum hosted by the Muscogee Nation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 2-5, 2022. You can find details on the NTFAQ agenda and NTAA’s Annual Meeting that will take place during NTFAQ on NTAA’s website here. Be sure to contact andy.bessler@nau.edu if you have any questions!

 

Next week is Air Quality Awareness Week (AQAW)! If you will be at Muscogee’s River Spirit Casino Resort or anywhere else taking deep breaths next week, we look forward to celebrating #AQAW2022 with you! 

Our great AQ partners at the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) are excited for this year’s celebration and can’t wait for you to check out their “AQ IQ” through the daily trivia question on Twitter. Join in on the AQ fun!

Still planning your AQAW activities? Check out the AQAW Toolkit, which includes general information like this year’s theme, daily topics, and suggestions for ways to get involved. The Toolkit also contains our main AQAW social media accounts, hashtags, and sample social media posts.  If you have any questions about AQAW, please reach out to Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky (mcintoshkastrinsky.rachel@epa.gov) or Debra Lee (lee.debra@epa.gov).

 

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News

New York Times – Wildfires Burn more than 150,000 Acres in Three States

The 19th News – Pregnant people are at ‘greater risk’ in states hit hard by wildfire smoke, air pollution, new report shows

The Hill – The best and worst U.S. cities for air quality

CBS – Wood pellet industry may be falsely marketing itself as a green renewable energy source, critics say

NPR – More than 137 million Americans live in areas with poor air quality, report finds

High Country News – Interior is pushing states to replace derogatory place names with colonial ones

Phys.org – Microbial response to a changing and fire-prone arctic ecosystem

Here’s your link to this week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

E&E News – Will Manchin’s bipartisan energy gambit bear fruit?

NPR – How climate change is affecting marginalized communities in Nevada

EPA – EPA Releases White Paper on Reducing Climate Pollution from New Gas-Fired Turbines

Navajo Times – ‘It’s proven technology’: DOE awards Kayenta’s Nááts’íílid Initiative $1.2M to power 24 homes

AP – Incandescent light bulbs being phased out to save energy

E&E News – Interior rule delays underscore Biden’s energy challenge

CNN – John Kerry is trying to convince the world to act on climate change. Russia’s war made it that much harder

ABC – Youth-led climate change lawsuits are increasing across the country

CBS – Fewer Americans see climate change as a priority than they did a year ago – CBS News poll

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Inside Climate News – EPA Opens Civil Rights Investigation Into Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’

The Hill – People of color more likely to be harmed by pesticides, study shows

Phys.org – Microplastics are everywhere, but their dangers largely remain a mystery, experts say

E&E News – Citing ‘clean energy,’ progressives mount mining law overhaul

NPR – Despite U.S. sanctions, oil traders help Russian oil reach global markets

Yale Environment – How U.S. Gas Exports to Europe Could Lock in Future Emissions

NPR – In an effort to make schools greener, the White House is offering billions of dollars

Indoor Air Quality

Scary Mommy – Researchers Are Ripping The Gas Stoves Out Of Their Houses For Their Kids’ Health

Forbes – Why Recent Announcements By The White House Around Indoor Air Quality Matter

New York Times – The White House emphasizes the importance of indoor air quality as the pandemic moves into a new phase

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Top Stories

The Hill – Biden administration announces clean energy growth on public lands

E&E News – Biden restores climate to NEPA, undoing Trump’s efforts

 

NTAA News

Please join use in welcoming NTAA’s newest members, the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma and Lisa Gover! With the Ottawa Tribe’s membership, NTAA’s family of member Tribes has grown to 155 member Tribes! In addition, please join us in welcoming NTAA’s newest Associate Member, Lisa Gover, the Region 9 RTOC’s Policy Advisor. Congratulations to both Lisa and the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma! Be sure to learn more about NTAA membership here! 

 

In-person registration for the 2022 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality is now closed! But you can still register, virtually here! NTFAQ’s Planning Committees have been busy planning this year’s forum hosted by the Muscogee Nation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 2-5, 2022. You can find details on the NTFAQ agenda and NTAA’s Annual Meeting that will take place during NTFAQ on NTAA’s website here. Be sure to contact andy.bessler@nau.edu if you have any questions!

 

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes News 

E&E News – White House announces Earth Day climate push

E&E News – Jackson confirmed to Supreme Court in bipartisan vote

Reuters – White House restores rule requiring stringent environmental review

Yale Climate Connections – NASA mission will monitor air pollution

KNAU – Environmental groups sue EPA over air pollution in national parks and other public lands

The Hill – Biden climate adviser pushes back on departure rumors

Native News Online – EPA Announces $1.6 million in Grant Funding to Support Tribal Water and Air Quality

Greenwire – Inside Biden’s sparsely staffed, high-pressure environmental shop

Indian Country Today – Proposal to restore sovereignty to tribes in Maine advances

Indian Country Today – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s water quality standards

Indian Country Today – In drought-stricken West, officials weigh emergency actions

The Hill – Trump-era EPA chief Scott Pruitt files to run for Senate in Oklahoma

Grist – How rights of nature and wild rice could stop a pipeline: Meet the Ojibwe attorney fighting a Line 3 expansion that threatens Indigenous rights and the environment

TV 6 News – EPA awards $75,000 grant to Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to assess pollution

Science Daily – Air pollution linked to higher risk of COVID-19 in young adults

Here’s your link to this week’s NACAA Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

Greenwire – Biden admin restarts oil leases on federal land

Energywire – Biden tosses $6B lifeline to save struggling nuclear plants

Indian Country Today – The toll of climate change, time, tradition and trust: The Navajo Nation takes on a changing climate

CNBC – Natural gas surges to highest level since 2008 as Russia’s war upends energy markets

E&E News – Mining for Clean Energy Could Undermine Biden’s Environmental Justice Goals

Reuters – IMF expects ‘significant’ pledges for new climate, pandemics trust

Reuters – Lawmaker Raskin sees hope for U.S. climate legislation this year

Grist – Cows, coal, and climate change: A Q&A with the new BLM director

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Monthly Newsletter

Toxics/Mobile Sources

E&E News – How electric buses reduce toxic exposure for kids

US News and World Report – Boston to Replace School Buses With Electric Ones by 2030

CNBC – From the F-150 Lightning to Rivian, here are the 11 hottest electric vehicles coming out in 2022

Indoor Air Quality

E&E News – Gas ban 2.0: Building wars

Reuters – Omicron infection induces limited immune response in unvaccinated; COVID hospital deaths rise on weekends

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