WEEKLY UPDATES2020-06-17T22:20:19+00:00

TOP STORIES/HEADLINES: Week of June 22-26, 2020


NTAA Releases the 2020 Status of Tribal Air Report

The NTAA’s STAR is an annual publication intended to provide an understanding of the importance and impact of Tribal air programs. You can access the STAR on NTAA’s website here. To help readers navigate the nearly 150-page report, NTAA will be hosting a national webinar on Wednesday, June 24th at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET.

This webinar will provide an overview of the STAR, share the stories within the STAR, and provide the specific recommendations for national leadership to advance air quality on and around Tribal lands. All members of the public are welcome to join the webinar. Follow this link to register to the event.



Ambient Air Quality/EPA/NTAA/Tribes


*NTAA in the news** The Guardian—Wood heaters too dirty to sell are clean enough to give to tribes, says EPA


EPA—EPA Grants First-Ever Petition to Add to Hazardous Air Pollutants List Under Clean Air Act


EPA—Final Taconite Iron Ore Processing Risk and Technology Review


Yes! Magazine—“It’s About Terrorizing Us”: Environmental Racism Experts Draws Parallels With Police Brutality


Native News Online—Sunday COVID-19 Navajo Nation Update: 27 New Cases and One New Death


Native Sun News Today—Moldy PPE reportedly used at Oyate Health Center


The Hill Op-Ed – The EPA’s emissions rollbacks will be devastating for Americans’ health


EPA—EPA Provides Additional Funding to Help Reduce Excess Nutrients in the Gulf of Mexico Watershed


EPA—EPA Proposal Strengthens Regulations and Protects Children from Exposure to Lead-Contaminated Dust


National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update


Climate Change/Energy

ENN—Lasers and Bubbles: Solving the Arctic’s Methane Puzzle

CarbonBrief—In-depth: BP data reveals clean electricity matched coal for the first time in 2019

New York Times—Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most

Yes! Magazine—The Myth of Economic Sacrifice: Indigenous Artists Use Technology to Tell Stories About Their Ancestral Lands

Ensia—As Climate Change Makes Growing Seasons Less Predictable, Scientists Dig Into a Novel Approach to Boost Crop Resilience

NPR—Soil Prof Hits Pay Dirt: $250K Prize for Helping Farmers, Fighting Climate Change

Toxics/Mobile Sources

The Hill – Nevada adopting California’s tough car pollution rules, pushing back against Trump administration

ENN—Dust Traverses the Atlantic Ocean

US News—States See Uptick in Young Virus Patients


Yes! Magazine—How to Get Off Fossil Fuels Quickly and Fairly


The Hill – Ford aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050


NPR—‘Like Poking a Beehive’: The Worrisome Link between Deforestation and Disease


ICCT—NOx and CO2 emissions from trucks: What trade-off?


Indoor Air Quality


The Herald Journal—Commercial building owners and managers focusing on ways to reduce the spread of workplace illness while maintaining energy efficiency


International Environmental Technology—How to Minimize Indoor Air Pollution During Lockdown


Forbes—5 Easy-To-Grow Houseplants That Improve Indoor Air Quality


NPR Interview—Amid Confusion About Reopening, An Expert Explains How to Assess COVID-19 Risk


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