Latest Air quality News

Australian prime minister will take net zero target to COP26

Oct. 25, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will commit to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but will not increase its goal for 2030 at an upcoming U.N. climate summit in Scotland, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday. Morrison’s conservative Liberal...

UN: Greenhouse gas levels hit a new record, cuts fall short

Oct. 25, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and increased at a faster rate than the annual average for the last decade despite a temporary reduction during pandemic lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization said in a report published Monday. ...

Plan for UK coal mine brings hope to some, horror to others

Oct. 25, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

WHITEHAVEN, England (AP) — In the patchwork of hills, lakes and sea that make up England’s northwest corner, most people see beauty. Dave Cradduck sees broken dreams. The coal mine where the 74-year-old once worked has long closed. The chemical factory that employed...

Australia gives in-principle support for net zero by 2050

Oct. 24, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that a fifth National's party minister will join his Cabinet as part of deal to cement the junior coalition partner's support for a national target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050. ...

Glass recycler reaches deal with Oregon to curb pollution

Oct. 24, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A glass recycling plant in northeast Portland has consented to either shut down or install pollution control technology, according to an agreement announced between the plant’s operators and the state of Oregon. The Oregon Department of...

Saudi Arabia pledges 2060 target of net-zero emissions

Oct. 23, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the world's largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, announced Saturday it aims to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change. ...

Los Angeles County residents plagued by stench from channel

Oct. 22, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Levels of wretched-smelling hydrogen sulfide gas that have plagued south Los Angeles County communities for weeks are declining as authorities use various mitigation methods in a flood control channel emitting the gross odors, authorities said Friday in an online news...

Study says tech firms underreport their carbon footprint

Oct. 22, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Large technology companies such as SAP, IBM and Google are underreporting their greenhouse gas emissions at a time of heightened scrutiny over the role of corporations in driving climate change, a study released Friday claimed. Research published in the...

Amid air quality concerns, districts embrace electric buses

Oct. 22, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For several years, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools had toyed with replacing some of its 1,000 diesel buses with cleaner electric vehicles. But school leaders said the change would be too costly. Then 12-year-old student Holly Thorpe showed up at a...

Greenpeace chief warns of 'greenwashing' at UN climate talks

Oct. 22, 2021 01:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday warned against efforts by countries and corporations at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow to “greenwash” their ongoing pollution of the planet. The summit hosted by Britain has been...