Latest Air quality News

Report: No cover-ups at Colorado air-pollution division

Sep. 24, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Whistleblower allegations that the state health department's air pollution division interfered with staff efforts to properly enforce federal air quality standards are unsubstantiated, according to an independent report released Friday by the Colorado attorney general’s...

Thunberg joins large German climate rally ahead of election

Sep. 24, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of environmental activists staged a rally outside Germany's parliament Friday, two days before the country holds a national election, to demand that politicians take stronger action to curb climate change. The protest outside the...

Companies, activists push to speed zero-emission truck sales

Sep. 24, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Officials from companies with fleets of trucks are urging governors across the country to embrace a rule meant to speed the adoption of zero-emission trucks and reduce a potent source of greenhouse gases spewed from the large commercial vehicles. In a...

EU legal advisor: Diesel software faces strict limits

Sep. 24, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union legal adviser said Thursday that software installed in Volkswagen cars to alter the amount of pollutants coming out of their exhaust pipes in hot or cold weather and at high altitude doesn't conform to the 27-nation bloc’s laws laws unless it prevents...

Lamont: Pfizer booster shots ready for 270,000 over 65 years

Sep. 23, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

An estimated 270,000 Connecticut residents who are 65 years and older and who originally received Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, including nursing home residents, can begin getting their third booster shot as soon as Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont's administration said Thursday. ...

Boston requiring zero emissions for large buildings by 2050

Sep. 23, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance that addresses climate change by requiring all buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. Acting Mayor Kim Janey intends to sign the ordinance approved...

Climate change tops agenda as Iceland heads to elections

Sep. 23, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK , Iceland (AP) — Climate change is top of the agenda when voters in Iceland head to the polls for general elections on Saturday, following an exceptionally warm summer and an election campaign defined by a wide-reaching debate on global warming. All nine...

SRP to partner in large solar plant northwest of Flagstaff

Sep. 23, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona water and power utility has announced it will partner with a developer of large-scale solar and energy store projects in building a solar plant on private land northwest of Flagstaff. The Salt River Project said Wednesday that the CO Bar Solar...

UN health agency sets higher, tougher bar for air quality

Sep. 22, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The harmful health effects of air pollution kick in at lower levels than previously thought, the World Health Organization said Wednesday as it set a new standard for policymakers and the public in the first update of its air quality guidelines in 15 years. ...

Revising guidelines, UN agency warns air pollution has health risks at far lower levels than previously thought

Sep. 22, 2021 09:03 AM EDT
GENEVA (AP) — Revising guidelines, UN agency warns air pollution has health risks at far lower levels than previously thought.