Weekend Reads: Rick Perry on Sexual Assault, L.A. Ports, 1948 Halloween Massacre

Halloween may have tricked and retreated, but all hallows' Trump administration gave clean-air enthusiasts lots to be scared about this week.

Weekend Reads: Rick Perry on Sexual Assault, L.A. Ports, 1948 Halloween Massacre

Halloween may have tricked and retreated, but All Hallows' Trump administration gave clean-air enthusiasts lots to be scared about this week. Luckily, it wasn’t all bad news as Los Angeles and Leeds, UK joined the list of cities actively trying to slash air pollution.

Here's your weekend reads:

Energy Secretary Rick Perry thinks fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault

Not The Onion. He really thinks this. And said it. In public.

Read more here via NBC News

Air pollution may up mortality risk beyond lung cancer 

Air pollution is already classified as a carcinogen thanks to its associations with lung cancer but there has been little evidence suggesting that it could cause other cancers around the body.

A new large-scale study carried out by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health and supported by the American Cancer Society has found there could be associations between air pollutants and kidney, bladder and colorectal cancer.”

Read more at the Huffington Post.

1948 Halloween massacre is a bleak reminder of why America needs clean air laws 

“On Halloween weekend in 1948, two dozen people in a small American town suddenly died. The killer came in on the air—or rather, it was the air.”

Read more at qz

Trump’s EPA admits Obama’s climate rule could prevent thousands of deaths annually. Still wants to scrap it.

"A sweeping Obama-era climate rule could prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths per year by 2030, the Trump administration has found in its analysis of the plan, projecting that the plan could save more lives than the Obama administration said it would.

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is moving to repeal the plan."

Read more at the Washington Post

L.A. ports aim for zero-emissions

“The nation’s largest port complex approved a plan Thursday to slash air pollution by encouraging the phase-out of diesel trucks in favor of natural gas and, ultimately, zero-emissions trucks and cargo-handling equipment over the next two decades.”

Read more at the L.A. Times

‘Rapidly needed’ brainstorm session to slash Leeds air pollution levels

Leeds is the third worst polluted city in the UK, with nearly 700 people expected to die in the area this year from illnesses related to it.

Read more at the Yorkshire Evening Post


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