Latest Air quality News

Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...

Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....

Sailing team to fly 2 crew to US to bring Thunberg boat back

Aug. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The sailing team that's taking climate activist Greta Thunberg from England to the United States aboard a high-tech racing yacht says it will fly two crew across the Atlantic to bring the boat back, but that the carbon emissions from their flights will be compensated for. A spokeswoman for...

Iowa governor stops state from challenging Trump coal rule

Aug. 14, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a supporter of clean energy policies reducing greenhouse gases as a way to battle global climate change, said Wednesday he was blocked by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds from joining 21 other states in suing the Trump administration over a policy that...

German economy shrinks, casting shadow over European growth

Aug. 14, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry held back the largest member of the 19-country euro currency union. The weak performance darkened prospects for the entire eurozone, where the European Central...

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules

Aug. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection...

US West struggles to hit goals of fighting fire with fire

Aug. 12, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls. Firefighters were on the job. In fact, they had started the blaze that chewed through...

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

Aug. 8, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. "The cycle...

Germany charges ex-Deutsche Bank employee in vast tax scam

Aug. 8, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have indicted a 48-year-old former employee of Deutsche Bank as part of a probe into a massive tax evasion scam that's already seen 13 people sentenced to up to eight years imprisonment. Prosecutors in Frankfurt said Thursday that the suspect, an Austrian citizen, was part...

Growing program puts air quality specialists on wildfires

Aug. 6, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Among the hundreds of firefighters, aircraft and engines dispatched to fight a recent wildfire in northern Arizona were two women whose focus wasn't on flames. Their concern was smoke. Because of the health hazards from wildfires spewing smoke into the atmosphere, Congress earlier...