September 9, 2015
Implement EPA plan The Heritage Foundation's Nicolas Loris asks Congress and state officials to reject the EPA's recently released regulations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants because they would adversely impact the poor and minorities ("Low-income most harmed by power plan," Aug. 27). To the contrary, Pennsylvania and other states must quickly implement President Obama's Clean Power Plan to protect the most vulnerable members of society. According to scientists, we need to keep Earth from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
July 15, 2015
ISSUE | PUBLIC ART Casino project should be community-based It is an interesting idea that SugarHouse Casino would seek permission from the Art Commission to use the filmmaking talents of Sam Katz to satisfy the casino's public art requirement ("SugarHouse seeking a new spin on public art," July 2). Certainly the accomplishments of Katz's company in making documentaries connected to our region makes it a great choice if this endeavor moves forward. However, maybe a daily film on the property crime in Fishtown and Northern Liberties would have more societal benefits.
July 2, 2015 |
Sometimes to get people to listen, some would say, you need a mother's touch. And a child's smile doesn't hurt, either. Trisha Sheehan knows this. On a sunny day last month, Sheehan arrived at a Paulsboro park by the Delaware River with her 5-year-old son, Liam, as environmentalists gathered to lambaste the state's proposed contamination settlement with ExxonMobil Corp. The boy offered a quiet hello from his mother's arms before she spoke against the deal. "It's their future planet that we need to be protecting," Sheehan, 35, said recently at her Wenonah home, where Liam ran about in a red shirt bearing the name of Moms Clean Air Force.
April 14, 2015 |
NICOLE JONIEC'S biggest regret, five years after moving into a century-old rowhouse in South Philadelphia with her husband and their two cats, is that she didn't zoom out a little more when she had checked out her new address on Google Maps. Joniec, 37, who works at the Free Library, said she now feels "silly" that she didn't realize how close they would live to the ancient, sprawling refinery on the banks of the Schuylkill, then owned by Sunoco and which today - with a new owner, Philadelphia Energy Solutions - is booming with crude oil fracked in North Dakota.
June 13, 2014 |
A measure to reduce sulfur in home heating oil - saving lives and health-care dollars, as well as easing air pollution, its advocates say - passed unanimously out of Philadelphia City Council's environment committee Wednesday and heads to the full Council today. The bill, proposed by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, would lower the sulfur limit from 2,000 parts per million - a level passed in 1978 - to 15 parts per million, putting the city in line with neighboring states. Only Pennsylvania has a higher limit - 500 parts per million.
May 2, 2014
GLOBAL climate change is a public-health emergency that can pollute our air and water, threaten our food supply and foster infectious disease. We already see increasing emergency-room visits, hospitalizations and deaths on a global scale. If we continue our current course in emitting greenhouse gases, the resulting burden of disease will increase. In Pennsylvania, we have hundreds of coal mines, nuclear and coal-fired power plants, and more than 7,000 natural-gas wells that extract methane - a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
September 15, 2013 |
Air pollution has been fingered for many health ills. For many reasons, kids are more susceptible than adults. And the wider Philadelphia region is a bad place to be susceptible, ranking among the nation's worst cities for particle pollution and ozone. Indoor air can be problematic, too, given the fumes of pesticides, new furniture, and, especially, cigarette smoke. These are some of the findings that will be discussed at a forum to educate parents about the hazards of air pollution, and what they can do. Sponsored by the Moms Clean Air Force, an advocacy group, it will be held Thursday at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
May 2, 2013 |
BEIJING - Whitney Foard Small loved China and her job as a regional director of communications for a top automaker. But after air pollution led to several stays in hospital and finally a written warning from her doctor telling her she needed to leave, Small packed up and left for Thailand. In doing so, the Ford Motor Co. executive became another expatriate to leave China because of the country's notoriously bad air. Other top executives whose careers would be boosted by a stint in the world's second-largest economy and most populous consumer market are put off when considering the move.
April 26, 2013 |
The Philadelphia metropolitan area's air quality has improved over the last decade, but still remains among the worst in the country, concludes the American Lung Association's annual report on air pollution. "State of the Air 2013" uses data collected by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to analyze three measures of pollution: smog, daily particle pollution, and year-round particle pollution. Based on the results, the report ranks metropolitan areas and counties from worst to best.