Latest Air pollution News

Washington state deals setback to massive methanol plant

Nov. 22, 2019 5:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state dealt a setback Friday to efforts to build one of the world’s biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River, saying that five years in, its backers had failed to provide enough information about its greenhouse gas emissions and how they would be offset. The $2 billion...

State finding better air during new tests at Howell factory

Nov. 22, 2019 5:01 PM EST

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — State regulators say follow-up tests near a factory in Livingston County show low levels of a chemical linked to cancer. The health department says emissions at Diamond Chrome Plating in Howell reveal TCE levels below “health screening values.” TCE stands for...

Lawsuit seeks to protect California’s auto emission rules

Nov. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 11 environmental groups has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for revoking California’s authority to set tougher emission standards for cars and trucks than the federal government. The federal government has allowed California to set its own...

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...

New Mexico task force rolls out climate change strategies

Nov. 21, 2019 5:49 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday reiterated her commitment to addressing the causes and effects of climate change as a panel of experts concluded that New Mexico needs to pick up the pace if it wants to meet its goals over the next decade. The governor’s climate...

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...

Pennsylvania lawmakers seek control over carbon cap, price

Nov. 20, 2019 12:02 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to assert control over a key part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s effort to fight climate change in the nation’s fourth-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday introduced legislation to...

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...