Latest Air quality News

Officials: Air is safe near Houston-area petrochemical fire

Mar. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

Houston authorities on Tuesday assured residents that there were no measureable air-quality problems from a petrochemical storage terminal fire despite a huge black plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. The fire began Sunday at the International Terminals Co. in the suburb of Deer Park, southeast of...

No timetable for end to fire at Texas chemical facility

Mar. 19, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials said Tuesday that they're not sure when a fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility will burn itself out, but they are confident that the air quality is safe, despite the huge plume of smoke coming from the blaze. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a news...

The Latest: 137,000 gallons of foam used to battle fire

Mar. 19, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire burning at a Texas petrochemical facility (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Officials say fire crews have used 137,000 gallons of foam to fight a fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility where a large blaze is burning eight storage tanks filled with gasoline...

Long resistant metro-Atlanta county votes on mass transit

Mar. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Approval of a contract with Atlanta's public transportation provider that could bring a significant expansion of transit options is on the ballot in one north-metro county. Gwinnett County's referendum Tuesday asks if voters want to authorize a contract with MARTA and impose a 1 percent...

Crews work to control fire at Texas petrochemicals plant

Mar. 19, 2019 1:37 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said Monday, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within normal guidelines. The fire erupted Sunday at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 15 miles...

The Latest: Air quality not affected after Texas plant fire

Mar. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a Texas petrochemicals plant (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Authorities and the company whose Houston-area petrochemicals terminal continues to burn say reviews of the air quality around the facility show it is not dangerous to individuals. Harris County Judge...

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future

Mar. 15, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by...

The Latest: 16 arrested at NYC student climate protest

Mar. 15, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local): 4 a.m. Police say 16 people have been arrested for blocking traffic during a climate protest in front of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The protesters face charges of disorderly conduct stemming from...

Gore: US getting close to political shift on climate change

Mar. 15, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore believes the U.S. is nearing a political tipping point, with the 2020 Democratic presidential field offering voters the chance to replace President Donald Trump with someone "committed heart and soul" to combating climate change. Gore, who emerged as a leading...

Italy's ENI aims to zero carbon footprint upstream by 2030

Mar. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian energy firm ENI is aiming to make its upstream business carbon neutral by 2030 as part of a transformation to meet its Paris Agreement targets, CEO Claudio Descalzi said Friday during the presentation of a new business plan. The goal will be achieved by reducing carbon emissions...