Author Archives: Tim Kovach

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The Clean Power Plan is on life support, but forget it, let’s create one for transportation

Last week, the EPA held a lengthy, contentious public hearing on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in Charleston, West Virginia. President Obama’s signature policy proposal to… Read more »

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The white supremacy of black carbon: On systemic racism and air pollution

In the wake of the election of Donald Trump and, particularly, the explicit white nationalist rallies and violence in cities like Charlottesville, commentators have been having a discussion about what,… Read more »

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Study estimates that Volkswagen’s ‘defeat devices’ caused 59 premature deaths in US

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Since the EPA announced on September 18 that Volkswagen had installed “defeat devices” in its so-called clean diesel vehicles for model years 2008-2015, analysts have been attempting to quantify the public… Read more »

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How VW forced drivers to ‘roll coal’ & what it tells us about the flaws in our emissions testing systems

Last summer, a few media outlets reported on a strange phenomenon that was on the rise in certain corners of the country. For whatever reason, a group of Good Ole’… Read more »

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Why developed countries should back loss and damage in Paris

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A number of critical issues remain unresolved, including whether countries should set a maximum safe threshold for carbon emissions and what protocols will be put in place to ensure that… Read more »

Karachi’s Heat Wave a Sign of Future Challenges to Pakistan’s Fragile Democracy

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Karachi, the world’s second largest city by population, is emerging from the grips of a deadly heatwave. A persistent low pressure system camped over the Arabian Sea stifled ocean breezes and… Read more »