A Country Lowers Its Energy Bill

A wind turbine farm in Wyoming. (© AP Images)
A wind turbine farm in Wyoming. (© AP Images)

America is energized. In the last decade, U.S. energy production grew 24 percent, while energy consumption steadily declined. One reason for the shifts is changes made by businessescollege campuses and cities — changes that have helped the environment and reduced costs. Here are details about America’s recent progress and future plans.
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Families, Local Economies Depend On Clean Air

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A third of schoolchildren in some of India’s biggest cities have poor lung function, according to a study released by the HEAL Foundation. The consequences are serious. Respiratory diseases such as asthma are a leading cause of death among children in India.

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Catch Your Breath, If You Can

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Focus on your breathing. You hear that advice all the time — as a way to relax, calm mind and body, and lower blood pressure.

For people in the midst of an asthma attack, every breath can be a battle. More than 230 million people worldwide experience the frightening reality of asthma attacks.

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When It Comes to Energy, Countries Should Mix It Up

Diversifying energy helps prevent disruptions and maintain security. (Snvv/Shutterstock)
Diversifying energy helps prevent disruptions and maintain security. (Snvv/Shutterstock)

Energy diversification means using different energy sources, suppliers and transportation routes to reduce dependence on a single resource or provider. A country that diversifies its energy mix insulates itself from energy disruptions and strengthens its energy security.
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Breathe Easy: Air Quality Monitoring in U.S. Goes Local

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Traditionally, air quality has been monitored by expensive, complex devices. These barriers meant that only government agencies and other large organizations could afford to collect this kind of data. Even then, this information reflected the air quality for a broader region, not a specific area.

Now a new generation of inexpensive, portable devices is allowing air quality monitoring to be more targeted. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is testing these devices in cities across the U.S., creating a better picture of the air residents breathe. Here are three highlights.

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