Latest Air pollution News

1 of 5 hurt firefighters still hospitalized in smoky Montana

Jul. 26, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four injured firefighters were released from the hospital and a fifth was being treated Monday at a burn center after a Montana wildfire overran them last week, authorities said. The update on the federal firefighters’ condition came as a pall...

Air quality health advisory issued for northern Vermont

Jul. 26, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources issued an air quality health advisory for much of the state on Monday as smoke from wildfires in the west and Canada reaches the region. Air pollution concentrations were in the unhealthy range for sensitive...

Pope to UN forum: Hunger is 'crime' violating basic rights

Jul. 26, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday decried as criminal the existence of hunger in a world which can produce enough food for all, building on a warning from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that climate change and conflict are a consequence and driver of poverty and income inequality....

Air quality affected by smoke from wildfires in west, Canada

Jul. 26, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Fine-particle air pollution concentrations have reached unhealthy levels statewide for people with lung diseases and those who are active outdoors as smoke from wildfires in the west and Canada reaches the area, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services...

Carbon-capture pipelines offer climate aid; activists wary

Jul. 24, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two companies seeking to build thousands of miles of pipeline across the Midwest are promising the effort will aid rather than hinder the fight against climate change, though some environmental groups remain skeptical. The pipelines would...

EXPLAINER: As wildfire smoke spreads, who's at risk?

Jul. 22, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada is blanketing much of the continent, including thousands of miles away on the East Coast. And experts say the phenomenon is becoming more common as human-caused global warming stokes bigger and more intense blazes. ...

Mercedes sketches out all-electric scenario by decade's end

Jul. 22, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG's luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz says it is stepping up its transition to electric cars, doubling the share of sales planned by 2025 and sketching out a market scenario in which new car sales would “in essence” be fully electric by the end of the...

EXPLAINER: What's fueling Russia's 'unprecedented' fires?

Jul. 22, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of wildfires engulf broad expanses of Russia each year, destroying forests and shrouding regions in acrid smoke. Northeastern Siberia has had particularly massive fires this summer amid record-setting heat. Many other regions across the vast...

Merkel defends legacy on gender, climate, with some regrets

Jul. 22, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — With just months to go before her 16-year leadership of Germany ends, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended her efforts to promote gender equality and curb climate change but expressed regret that some decisions, in hindsight, were made too late. ...

G20 environment ministers meet in Italy amid floods, fires

Jul. 22, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — With forest fires raging in the U.S. and Russia and floods devastating parts of Western Europe, environment and energy ministers from the Group of 20 industrialized countries gathered Thursday for two days of talks ahead of November’s crucial climate change...