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Chinese leaders, grappling with some of the world’s worst air pollution, have long assumed the answer to their woes was gradually reducing the level of smog-forming chemicals emitted from power plants, steel factories and cars.

But new research suggests another factor may be hindering China’s efforts to take control of its devastating smog crisis: climate change.

Changing weather patterns linked to rising global temperatures have resulted in a dearth of wind across northern China, according to several recent studies, exacerbating a wave of severe pollution that has been blamed for millions of premature deaths. 

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In this week's Episode (#15), we look back at some of the political and environment stories featured last week in our daily subscription newsletter, EnviroPolitics or its free companion--EnviroPolitics Blog.


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The creaky, overburdened Market-Frankford Line has as important a place among millennials, immigration, and swanky restaurants as keys to Philadelphia's early 21st century turnaround. 

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Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday that will give New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund immediate access to a $400 million supplemental appropriation for road and transit projects.

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For the time being, New Jersey is still going to have to figure out a way to begin selling low-emission vehicles in greater numbers.

In a vote on Friday, a California agency moved to press forward with a plan to require car manufacturers to offer cars and trucks with much lower emission standards, a program New Jersey and eight other states have agreed to follow.

The action by the California Air Resources Board sets up a potential confrontation with the Trump administration, which reportedly is considering pulling a waiver under the federal Clean Air Act, which allowed California to write and other states to abide by more stringent pollution standards for vehicles than the rest of the nation.

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With wastewater being treated upriver from drinking water plants, we're already drinking recycled water. Should we be doing it more?

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Enviro-Events Calendar for March 27, 2017
Environmental seminars, forums, education, networking and social opportunities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York & Delaware   Click here for most  recent version For free publication, e-mail send your event info to:  editor@enviropolitics.com      March...

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The Sustainable Raritan River Initiative is accepting nominations for the 2017 Sustainable Raritan Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in efforts to revitalize, restore and protect the Raritan River resources and promote the area as a premiere place to live, work and raise a family. Nominations are due May 15.

The awards will be conferred at the 9th Annual Sustainable Raritan Conference and Awards Ceremony at Rutgers’ Douglass Student Center on Friday, June 9, 2017.

http://bit.ly/2mF8S29

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It's not your ordinary gas-selling, chicken-frying chain. This one has green creds, too.

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A jury in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday delivered a split verdict in the trial of the former president of Penn State, convicting him of child endangerment for his handling of a sex abuse complaint involving an assistant football coach, but acquitting him of a charge of conspiracy and a second endangerment count.
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