Latest Pollution News

New Jersey gov's wife, a US Senate candidate, opposes power plant that he could kill

Feb. 20, 2024 17:55 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's First Lady Tammy Murphy, who is running for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday she opposes construction of a gas-fired backup power plant in a minority neighborhood already heavily burdened with pollution. But she did not say whether she has discussed her...

Milan bans heavy vehicles, imposes antismog measures during bout of bad air pollution

Feb. 20, 2024 11:08 AM EST

MILAN, Italy (AP) — Italy’s northern Lombardy region imposed severe antismog measures across Milan and eight surrounding provinces Tuesday to combat a particularly bad period of air pollution. The measures bar heavy motor vehicles from operating during the day and impose limits...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Feb. 19, 2024 15:11 PM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. February 15, 2024. Editorial: Raiding funds a bad way to start tax relief Gov. Jim Pillen wants to cut Nebraska’s property taxes by 40%. But he and his legislative allies can’t find an acceptable way to pay for the $2 billion reduction. ...

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore unveils $90M for environmental initiatives

Feb. 16, 2024 14:48 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore highlighted $90 million on Friday as a down payment to help reach the state's ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change. The money is set aside for three distinct initiatives, including $17 million to buy...

High air pollution levels in Thai capital spark order for city employees to work from home

Feb. 15, 2024 08:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — City employees in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, were ordered Thursday to work from home for two days, and those in the private sector were encouraged to do so as well, as air pollution soared to unhealthy levels. Air pollution has been a problem for many years in...

Oil and gas producer to pay millions to US and New Mexico to remedy pollution concerns

Feb. 13, 2024 19:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas company has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the federal government and the state of New Mexico to address air pollution concerns in the largest oil and gas producing region in the United States. The agreement announced Tuesday with...

Biden sets tighter standards for deadly soot pollution from tailpipes, smokestacks

Feb. 07, 2024 16:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year. Environmental and public health...

Postal Service, once chided for slow adoption of EVs, announces plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Feb. 06, 2024 21:46 PM EST

The U.S. Postal Service announced sweeping plans Tuesday to reduce greenhouse emissions by diverting more parcels from air to ground transportation, boosting the number of electric vehicles, cutting waste sent to landfills and making delivery routes more efficient. Postmaster General...

Why Taylor Swift's globe-trotting in private jets is getting scrutinized

Feb. 02, 2024 17:20 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For weeks, scrutiny over singer Taylor Swift’s travel in private jets has been bubbling up on social media, with people pointing out the planet-warming emissions of carbon dioxide released with every flight. The megastar is dating Kansas City Chiefs tight end...

Senate approves Biden pick to lead EPA air office as final rules near on power plants, vehicles

Feb. 01, 2024 13:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution office just as the agency is set to finalize rules over climate-changing emissions from power plants and cars and trucks. Joe Goffman is a longtime...