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Clean Air

Clean Air

Air pollution is a major threat to public health in many parts of the country. Increasing energy efficiency in our homes and buildings, reducing fuel consumption in our cars and trucks, and reducing emissions from power plants and vehicles are all part of the solution to reduce air pollution and improve air quality so we can all breathe a little easier.

Blog Posts

  • New MIT study: Pollution from U.S. Transportation Causing 53,000 Premature Deaths Each Year

    Conclusions from a recent MIT study provide yet more support for the need to move quickly on implementing stricter emissions standards: the cars and trucks we drive every day are shortening lives. According to MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, total ground-level emissions account for 200,000 early deaths annually, and transportation is the leading Continue Reading

  • Highlights from #CleanAir4Kids

    Did you miss our Twitter chat yesterday on the EPA’s proposed clean car standards? We’ve pulled together the highlights: [View the story "Highlights from #CleanAir4Kids chat" on Storify] You can read the full chat overview here.

  • Bothered By the Air That You Breathe? Tell Us Your Story

    Are you concerned that air pollution will harm your health? Do you or a family member suffer from respiratory problems, such as asthma, because of the quality of air that you breathe? If you have a story to share, please share it with Consumers Union (CU) here. Your story matters. CU’s Green Energy campaign is Continue Reading

  • Join Our Twitter Chat with American Lung Association: Cleaner Cars Means Healthier Communities

    Consumers Union (CU) and the American Lung Association (ALA) will host a joint Twitter chat on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:30 EST to talk about why EPA’s new proposed standards for vehicle emissions and low sulfur gasoline are needed to improve public health and share stories from people affected by air pollution from roadways. Join our Continue Reading

  • Air pollution and asthma: new e-book gives practical tips and ways to take action

    Despite the enormous progress resulting from the Clean Air Act, the air is still filled with pollutants that result in the occurrence of asthma in almost 26 million Americas. Asthma is a chronic lung disease—the most common chronic disease effecting children today. It is a growing epidemic, already threatening the health of approximately 7 million Continue Reading