Latest Air pollution News

Rights group draws attention to heavy smog in Pakistan

Nov. 22, 2019 6:05 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore are at risk of respiratory disease because of poor air quality related to thick smog hanging over the region, an international rights group said Friday. Amnesty International called for “urgent...

Smoke blankets Sydney as wildfires spread across Australia

Nov. 20, 2019 10:23 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Hazardous smoke blanketed Sydney on Thursday as wildfires burned across eastern and southern Australia. Thick smog shrouded Australia’s most populous city, leaving its iconic skyline barely visible two days after smoke created serious air quality issues. The New South Wales...

22 farmers arrested in India for causing air pollution

Nov. 20, 2019 6:31 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Twenty-two farmers were arrested in northern India on Wednesday for setting fires to clear their fields and contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country, a government official said. Those arrested in Uttar Pradesh state’s Pilibhit district face charges of...

Doubts cast on easyJet plan to be net-zero emissions airline

Nov. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — European budget airline easyJet said Tuesday it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting climate-warming emissions from the fuel used on every flight. Climate experts, however, warn that such efforts are stopgap measures at best and that, with few...

India’s Parliament debates toxic air danger

Nov. 19, 2019 8:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Parliament on Tuesday debated the toxic air threatening the lives of the capital region’s 48 million people, with opposition leaders demanding the creation of a parliamentary panel to remedy the situation on a long-term basis. In unprecedented discussions of the...

Kansas distillery pleads guilty to Clean Air Act violation

Nov. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A distillery could be fined up to $1 million for a chlorine gas cloud that lingered over a city in northeastern Kansas in 2016. Federal prosecutors say MGP Ingredients pleaded guilty Monday to negligently violating the federal Clean Air Act, a misdemeanor. In October 2016, a chlorine...

California rules set lower emissions for state vehicle fleet

Nov. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California announced new rules Friday for its state vehicle fleet to reduce pollution and reward automakers that are siding with it against the Trump administration. Officials immediately barred state agencies from buying any sedans that only run on internal combustion engines,...

23 states widen challenge to Trump administration car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states, the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S. Environmental...

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...