American Lung Association http://michiganradio.org en U.S. Supreme Court ruling may help clear the air in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-may-help-clear-air-michigan <p>Clean air advocates in Michigan are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will allow stricter regulation of coal-fired power plants.</p><p></p><p>The high court decided this week to overturn a lower court ruling and allow the Environmental Protection Agency to slap new limits on pollution from power plants.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:41:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 17411 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court ruling may help clear the air in Michigan Report: Michigan's air quality improving http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigans-air-quality-improving <p>Air quality is improving in some Michigan cities, according to a new report. The American Lung Association’s annual ‘State of the Air’ report is out today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Jim Harrington is a field organizer for the American Lung Association. He says particulate pollution, like smog, is down in the region - including the cities of Flint and Detroit.</p><p>“In prior years they’d been ranked the worst in the country. They were one of the most polluted regions in the country,” says Harrington, “And over the last five years, they’ve gradually moved down the list. So they’ve been improving at a faster rate than other areas.” Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12242 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan's air quality improving Michigan ranks 42nd nationally in funding smoking prevention http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ranks-42nd-nationally-funding-smoking-prevention <p>Michigan ranks among the worst states for funding anti-smoking programs.<br><br>Each year, the state collects over one billion dollars in tobacco taxes and settlement money from a 1998 tobacco company lawsuit.<br><br><a href="http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/what_we_do/state_local/tobacco_settlement/michigan">A new report</a> by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says Michigan only spends one tenth of one percent of that money on programs that reduce or prevent smoking.<br><br>As a result, the state has been ranked 42nd in spending money to keep kids away from cigarettes. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:13:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10256 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan ranks 42nd nationally in funding smoking prevention Michigan's air is getting cleaner (very slowly) http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-air-getting-cleaner-very-slowly <p>Air quality is getting better in Michigan, according&nbsp;to a new report from the American Lung Association.&nbsp; The association&rsquo;s annual<a href="http://stateoftheair.newslinevine.com/"> &lsquo;State of the Air&rsquo; </a>report says ozone and particle pollution rates have eased in Michigan during the past decade.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2010/states/michigan/">Lansing and Saginaw</a>&nbsp;have some of the cleanest air&nbsp;among U.S. cities. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2230 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's air is getting cleaner (very slowly)