Air Pollution Doubly Damaging to Children

A child wears a mask to protect from smoky haze in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Air pollution is behind growing concerns about asthma attacks keeping more children out of school. Respiratory diseases such as asthma are a leading cause of death among children in India.

But did you know air pollution can take a toll even before the child is born? So says a study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. It finds that the fetuses of pregnant women exposed to a common air pollutant are at an elevated risk of brain damage and developmental problems.

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‘Goodbye, Carbon,’ Say G7 Nations

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From wood to coal to oil, carbon-based fuels have been key to human survival, but now the world’s largest industrial powers are saying, “We’re done.”

Carbon fuels emit greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change. The future well-being of people everywhere will improve if growth is based on clean fuels, G7 leaders agreed after a two-day meeting in Germany.
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Lighting Up the World With Clean Energy

A grid of solar panels in South Africa
CEM partner South Africa is using solar panels for power at the Salmonsdam Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa. (PhotoSky)

Who’s committed to pushing 10 billion affordable, energy-efficient lights into places they’re needed?

Answer: governments in Africa, Asia and North America, plus members of the European Commission.

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Green Goes the Bond Market

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An explosion in green bonds offers emerging economies, such as India and China, easier ways to finance clean-energy projects.

According to the London-based Climate Action Programme, recent growth in such bonds worldwide will continue. The organization projects a tripling in the size of the green-bonds market, from $37 billion in 2014 to $100 billion in 2015.
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How Many Days In A Year Can You Use Renewable Energy?

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In recent years, some communities around the world have pledged to meet all their future power needs with renewable energy. One notable example: Costa Rica used only renewable sources to power itself for the first 75 days of 2015.

The Central American country has made great strides in its use of renewable energy — mainly hydropower — which today generates more than 85 percent of its electricity. Costa Rica’s clean-energy policies are driven in part by public support for curbing climate change.

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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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