Air Quality Articles/Publications
EPA Region 5 provides information on hazardous air pollutants
and air quality regulation, with links to other information
Energy Policy Affects Public Health
A paper by Joseph Romm and Christine Ervine, available through the Solstice website, illuminates the connection between energy policy and increased levels of respiratory and cardiopulmonary disease.
Exposures to Toxic Air Pollutants: A Citizen's Guide
An EPA publication that defines toxic air pollutants and outlines
a four step process for evaluating exposure.
Air Pollution Emissions Overview
The EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards describes
numerous pollutants, where they come from, and how emissions
data are used.
Fuels: An Overview
This EPA fact sheet profiles alternative vehicle fuels that create less pollution.
Environmental Externalities in Electric Power Markets: Acid Rain, Urban Ozone, and Climate Change
This paper from the Energy Information Administration discusses emissions resulting from the generation of electricity by utilities and their role in contributing to the environmental problems of acid rain, urban ozone, and climate change.
Ozone Action Days
This Special Alert for People with Asthma and Other Respiratory
Problems, from EPA Region 5, describes the harmful effects of
ozone pollution and outlines steps for pollution prevention.
Eve of Olympics, Salt Lake City Joins World in Support of Kyoto
Describes Salt Lake City's pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. To help meet
that goal, the city will establish a scientific, detailed tracking
of its greenhouse gas emissions. Through the city's "Salt
Lake City Green" program, the city plans to cut emissions
by encouraging the construction of "high performance"
energy-efficient buildings while promoting alternative fuel
vehicles, electricity conservation, and other measures.
Heats Up Environmental Commitment By Going Climate Cool
Profiles a four year partnership between a corporation and an
environmental non-profit that has proven noteworthy in the effort
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
of Thaw in a Desert of Snow
Inuit leaders note that glaciers are melting, coastlines eroding
and frosts are coming much later in the Arctic north of Canada.
Scientists, who in the past have dismissed traditional knowledge,
are increasingly turning to the Inuit for information about
changes in weather patterns in the north.
Stabilizing the global 'greenhouse' may not be so hard
The Christian Science Monitor reports on a study published in the journal Nature by Princeton University researchers Stephen Pacala and Robert H. Socolow, showing that currently available technologies could be used to prevent carbon dioxide emissions from rising over the next 50 years.
Reporting of Greenhouse Gases 2000
An annual report from the Energy Information Administration
(released in 2002) on the Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse
Gases program, in which companies report on measures taken to
reduce, avoid or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.
Logs Are Hazardous to Your Health
This article was posted by Burning Issues, a group that provides public information about health hazards of wood smoke.
The Pew Center on Global
Climate Change has released two reports examining options
for a mandatory U.S. greenhouse gas reduction program. Emissions
Trading in the U.S.: Experience, Lessons, and Considerations
for Greenhouse Gases draws lessons from a review of six
different U.S. emissions trading programs, while Designing
a Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program for the U.S.
evaluates options for a reduction program based on environmental
effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, administrative feasibility,
distributional equity, and political acceptability.
Breath of Fresh Air: How Smarter Energy Choices Can Protect
Public Health in New Hampshire examines the potential
of affordable, clean, and renewable sources of energy, the use
of which could reverse fossil fuel-related public health problems.
Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities
and Ecosystems, a report from the Ecological Society
of America and the Union of Concerned Scientists, combined climate
modeling with historical data to produce projections of future
climate change in the Great Lakes region. It finds that climate
change will present challenges to the environment, economy and
people of the region. The authors call for reduction of greenhouse
gas emissions and planning by government leaders to lessen damage
from climate change.
Climate Action Report 2002 finds that the United States
will see dramatic changes in some ecosystems brought on by global
warming. The report links climate change to the use of fossil
fuels and suggests that alpine meadows and coastal marshes may
disappear, heat waves may become more prevalent, and snow packs
Office of Air and Radiation website offers many reports
and references on air pollution, air quality, regulations and
health effects, including Air
Quality Trends Report, an annual report on the status
of and trends in the nation's outdoor air quality. Downloadable
in PDF format.
Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act
This 1993 publication from EPA provides a concise and easy to
read guide to the Clean Air Act.
The Clean Cities Roadmap
PDF documents from DOE explain how your city can become one of many Clean Cities working to help accelerate the introduction and expand the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleet Buyer's Guide Incentives and
In this document the Clean Cities program provides a listing
of state, Federal, and private incentives for the expanded use
of Alternative Fuel Vehicles.
of the Air 2003
American Lung Association conducts this annual assessment to
provide citizens with easy-to-understand air pollution summaries
of the quality of the air in their communities. Air quality
in counties is assigned a grade ranging from "A" through
"F" based on how often their air pollution levels
exceed the "unhealthful" categories of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agencys Air Quality Index for ground-level
ozone (smog) pollution.
Clearinghouse for Inventories and Emission Factors
This EPA program informs the public about new emission estimation tools, conferences, and other information relating to toxic emission factors and inventories.
EPA provides fact sheets on the various sets of ozone protection
regulations under Title VI of the Clean Air Act.
Alternatives to Traditional Transportation Fuels 1994 : Volume 2, Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Addresses the Energy Information Administration's efforts to fulfill its reporting obligations under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 regarding alternative transportation fuels and replacement fuels.
Climate Change Action Plan
The U.S. Climate Change Action Plan of October 1993 calls for
limited, and focused, government action and innovative public/private
partnerships to meet the challenges posed by the threat of global
Quality Management in the United States
A 2004 report from the National Academies National Research
Council says the Clean Air Act is working, but a multipollutant,
multistate approach and stronger focus on results are needed
to meet future challenges.
Burning Issues Particulate Pollution Project Bibliography
This 1996 bibliography cites extensive resources on particulate pollution research and prevention.
Indoor Air Quality: the Inside Story
This EPA Handbook presents strategies for reducing the level
of indoor air pollution in your own home.
Last updated: November 19, 2004
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