Monthly Archives: July 2010

Air Pollution: Not Just Someone Else’s Problem

Sarah Newman

Guest post from Sarah Newman! Sarah Newman grew up in central Texas and is a recent graduate of Westlake High School in Austin. She has been working at EDF as an intern in the Austin, Texas office and will be attending Cornell University this fall.

As a child, I was never particularly strong or healthy. My parents worked hard to take care of me, but there are some things they didn’t have control over. By age two, I had developed a dangerous chronic disease, which affects more and more children every year. No parents can defend their children from this disease because in part, the disease is exacerbated by pollutants in the very air we all breathe. This lung disease, asthma, affects about one in ten school-age children in the United States, and it stays with us for the rest of our lives.

I grew up living in central Texas using inhalers and nebulizers. Although not everyone has access to these tools, they can help reduce the effects of asthma attacks, especially when the lungs close up and airways become totally constricted. Without this medication, I might have died. Read More »

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Cleaning up our ports: Join the EDF Innovation Exchange Forum

Port facilities are critical hubs of international trade.  In the U.S., over 2 billion tons of cargo pass through our ports each year. These facilities can also be significant sources of harmful emissions that affect human health and warm our climate. These emissions are particularly worrisome, given that over 87 million Americans live near port areas that are not meeting federal health-oriented air quality standards.

Many solutions exist to clean up our ports while maintaining their ability to move vast volumes of goods. For example, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently announced a joint "Clean Trucks Initiative" to develop clean truck programs at ports throughout the United States, beginning with those in the Southeast.

For the next call in the Environmental Defense Fund series exploring opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions from freight and fleets, we will explore the challenges and opportunities for reducing pollution in our ports. Leading this discussion will be Dr. Elena Craft, who leads EDF’s efforts to clean up ports along the Gulf and East Coasts.

The call is on July 26th at 12pm ET.  To join, call:

* Phone number: +1 (213) 289-0500
* Code: 267-6815

We look forward to having you join us in this conversation.

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