News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Boston Named 3rd Smoggiest Metropolitan Area in the State.

Today Environment Massachusetts released a new report showing that the Boston area ranks as the 3rd smoggiest metropolitan area in the state.  Smog is a harmful air pollutant that leads to asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory illnesses, especially among children and the elderly. The new report, Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011 shows that in total, residents in the Boston area were exposed to air quality that made it dangerous to breathe on 3 days last year.  Also, this summer alone, residents in the Boston area have already been alerted to unhealthy air on 8 days.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Northeast Emissions Plan Helps Massachusetts Shift to Clean Energy and Avoid Fossil Fuel Pollution

RGGI is helping Massachusetts meet our energy challenges by providing needed investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy—cutting pollution, curbing dependence on fossil fuels, and fostering pioneering clean energy approaches that can be adopted by other states, according to a report released today by Environment Massachusetts.   According to the report, A Program that Works: How the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is Helping the Northeast Shift to Clean Energy and Reduce Pollution from Fossil Fuels; the program has led to more than $27.7 million in clean energy investments leading to more than $94.6 million in energy savings and contributing $163.2 million in growth in economic activity in Massachusetts.

News Release | Union of Concerned Scientists

Report: Worsening ozone pollution in a warming world could bring increase in respiratory illnesses, health costs to Massachusetts

Unchecked global warming could threaten public health and increase health costs in Massachusetts by exacerbating ground-level ozone—the primary component of “smog”—according to a peer-reviewed report written by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and released today by UCS and Environment Massachusetts. 

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Organizations say Scott Brown's votes"endanger public health"

A broad coalition of national, regional and Massachusetts advocacy groups is taking Senator Scott Brown to task for backing legislation that would "severely endanger public health." On April 6th, Brown voted in support of a proposal that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from reducing carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases.

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Landmark Clean Water Announcement

Environment Massachusetts hailed the Obama administration for releasing a proposed guidance that, if adopted, would restore Clean Water Act protections to vital streams across Massachusetts and protect Bay Staters drinking water.  In response to the announcement, Environment  Massachusetts is launching a major initiative to build support for clean water protections.

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