Join us this week for NTFAQ, May 17 – 21, 2021! Click here to check it out

Updates include:

  1. 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!
  2. Join leaders from the Moms Clean Air Force for a Meet and Greet TODAY 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!

It’s National Asthma Awareness Month!

Join the EPA Indoor airPLUS Program in celebrating National Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects the quality of life for more than 25 million Americans, including an estimated 5 million children. Although there is no cure for asthma yet, asthma can be controlled in part through management of the indoor environment. Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary partnership and labeling program that helps new home builders improve the quality of indoor air by requiring construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants including environmental asthma triggers. Search for a local Indoor airPLUS builder on EPA’s Partner Locator, and ask for the EPA Indoor airPLUS label on your new home!

How Indoor airPLUS Homes Help Reduce the Occurrence of Asthma Triggers in the Home. Here are ways an Indoor airPLUS home can help reduce asthma triggers in the home.

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes

Dame Magazine – It’s High Time We Listen to Indigenous Women on Climate

NTAA’s recent partnership with Moms Clean Air Force is mentioned

NY Times – Biden Administration to Repeal Trump Rule Aimed at Curbing E.P.A.’s Power

NY Times – Blazes That Refuse to Die: ‘Zombie Fires’

The Guardian – Air pollution linked to ‘huge’ rise in child asthma GP visits

Gizmodo – The EPA Is Doing Its Job Again

High Country News – The everyday violence of Indian Country’s ‘bordertowns’

Cronkite News – Fight over Oak Flat mine draws support of diverse religious groups

Oregon Live – Lawsuit seeks $103 million in damages from two public utilities stemming from Holiday Farm wildfire

Grist – The EPA just accused Missouri’s environmental agency of violating the Civil Rights Act

National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update

Climate Change/Energy

The Hill – White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects

The Hill – Researchers: Emissions goals must incorporate Arctic permafrost warming

Gizmodo – Exxon Blames You for Climate Change

The Guardian – Crying about hamburgers is dead-end on climate crisis, Republicans warned

The Guardian – Third of global food production at risk from climate crisis

Earther – 40,000-Year-Old Rock Art Is Being Destroyed Due to Climate Change

Star Tribune – Minnesota family-owned company on track to build third of U.S. wind projects this year

NY Times – Syria’s Surprising Solar Boom: Sunlight Powers the Night in Rebel Idlib

The Guardian – Weatherwatch: does nuclear power really keep the lights on?

Energy News – Micigan Line 5 opponents serve ‘eviction notice’ at Enbridge pumping station

Toxics/Mobile Sources

NY Times – Electric Pickups Could Make or Break Biden’s Infrastructure Plans

The Hill – Gas shortages likely to linger for days

The Hill – Vast majority of DC gas stations without fuel amid panic buying

Washington Post – EPA orders Virgin Island refinery o shut down, citing ‘imminent’ health threat

Reuters – Factbox: Getting out of gas – the sold and scrapped projects

Inside Climate News – Biden’s Pipeline Dilemma: How to Build a Clean Energy Future While Shoring Up the Present’s Carbon-Intensive Infrastructure

Indoor Air Quality

Vox – Covid-19 proved bad indoor air quality makes us sick. We can fix that.

Yale Climate Connections – Santa Fe women built homemade air purifiers to help protect people from wildfire smoke

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