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Take Action: We Need Clean Air Protections Now Take Action: We Need Clean Air Protections Now

Smog is extremely harmful to human health even at very low levels. In fact, in addition to causing permanent lung damage, triggering asthma and heart attacks, and worsening lung diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema, breathing smog (also known as ozone) can shorten your lifespan and lead to premature death. The Environmental Protection Agency is now considering a new smog standard that will better protect our health and could save as many as 12,000 lives every year.

Let President Obama and your elected officials in Congress know that you demand a new, strong smog standard that will protect the health of all Americans.


Grassroots Activism: Fighting Coal Mining in Illinois Grassroots Activism: Fighting Coal Mining in Illinois

Sierra Club Water Sentinels in Illinois are fighting coal mining on all fronts. Working in coalition with groups such as the Prairie Rivers Network, Citizens Against Longwall Mining, and Heartland Coalfield Alliance, the activists are attending trainings and learning how to make sure coal companies follow the rules as they expand into the Land of Lincoln.

Photo courtesy Joyce Blumenshine.

Grassroots Activism: Pollution Is Personal Grassroots Activism: Pollution Is Personal

Karen Monahan is a Sierra Club environmental justice organizer and vice chair of the Minneapolis NAACP. She took to the Sierra Club's Compass blog this week to talk about attending the NAACP Clean Air Conference and just how personal air and water pollution can get. It's so "personal, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to see how obvious it is that clean air can literally save lives," says Monahan.

Cool Schools: Sierra Magazine's Top Ten Cool Schools: Sierra Magazine's Top Ten

Sierra magazine just announced its fifth annual ranking of the nation's "Coolest Schools," a salute to the efforts of U.S. colleges and universities to help solve climate issues and operate sustainably. The cover story spotlights the schools that are making a difference for the planet, from UC Irvine's energy-efficiency standards to Stanford's commitment to maintaining undeveloped open space to Green Mountain College's sourcing nearly half of its energy from, yes, cow manure.


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