Latest Air pollution News

Taiwan votes on lower voting age, mayors, city councils

Nov. 26, 2022 04:23 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lingering concerns about the threat posed by its giant neighbor China took a backseat in Taiwan's closely watched local elections on Saturday as voters focused on other pressing issues closer to home such as air pollution and bad traffic. Taiwanese were...

Swedish activists sue state over its climate policies

Nov. 25, 2022 09:30 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Hundreds of activists, among them Greta Thunberg, marched through the Swedish capital to a court Friday to file a lawsuit against the Swedish state for what they say is insufficient climate action. More than 600 young people under the age of 26...

Security review after protesters disrupt Berlin air traffic

Nov. 25, 2022 07:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany on Friday were reviewing security measures at Berlin's airport a day after six climate activists invaded the grounds and briefly disrupted flights. German news agency dpa quoted a spokesman for Berlin Brandenburg Airport saying that Thursday's...

Air pollution monitoring to increase for Oregon communities

Nov. 24, 2022 11:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two of Oregon’s most economically disadvantaged and racially diverse communities — one in Portland and the other on the south coast — are getting a boost in their fight against air pollution. The air-quality challenges facing “environmental justice...

Iran to close schools in Tehran over of high air pollution

Nov. 22, 2022 13:45 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — All schools in the Iranian capital of Tehran will close for a day because of dangerously poor air quality, the country's state television reported on Tuesday. Primary schools have been closed for the past two days in Tehran, which has over 10 million residents,...

Japan nuclear watchdog considering extending reactor life

Nov. 21, 2022 06:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese nuclear regulators are considering revising a safety evaluation system to allow aging reactors to operate beyond the current 60-year limit, but the move is aimed at preventing safety lapses and is not motivated by government efforts to increase use of nuclear power, an...

UN climate deal: Calamity cash, but no new emissions cuts

Nov. 20, 2022 10:53 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — For the first time, the nations of the world decided to help pay for the damage an overheating world is inflicting on poor countries, but they finished marathon climate talks on Sunday without further addressing the root cause of those disasters — the burning of...

Success or COP-out: How do this year's climate talks rate?

Nov. 20, 2022 01:41 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — After two weeks of haggling, officials on Sunday cheered the end of this year's U.N. climate talks in Egypt, which resulted in the creation of a fund to help poor countries suffering under disasters driven by global warming. Expectations had been low...

Leak at Pennsylvania gas storage well spewing methane

Nov. 18, 2022 20:19 PM EST

A vent at an underground natural gas storage well in Western Pennsylvania has been spewing massive amounts of planet-warming methane into the atmosphere for more than 11 days and attempts to plug the leak have thus far failed. Owner Equitrans Midstream said the well at its Rager...

US envoy Kerry positive for COVID as UN climate talks drag

Nov. 18, 2022 17:24 PM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — John Kerry, the top U.S. envoy at this year's U.N. climate talks in Egypt, has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson said late Friday night, another potential setback for negotiations that were already going into overtime with no result in sight. ...