Latest Pollution News

As Thailand gasps through another haze season, researchers hope a fire-charting app can help

Jun. 18, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

SAMOENG, Thailand (AP) — When the haze season comes, village chief Nanthawat Tiengtrongsakun and his tribesmen start preparing the land for fire. They cut shrubs and trees on their small parcels of land, then set controlled burns that will clear their fields for planting — and...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jun. 17, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

Des Moines Register. June 16, 2024. Editorial: Disastrous figures show the poverty of Iowa’s water quality approach No accident, no matter how awful, can compete with the relentless day-to-day flood of nitrate pollution from countless sources throughout Iowa. ...

Army Corps finds soil contaminated under some St. Louis-area homes, but no health risk

Jun. 14, 2024 15:19 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has determined that soil is contaminated beneath some suburban St. Louis homes near a creek where nuclear waste was dumped decades ago, but the contamination isn't enough to pose a health risk. Soil beneath six homes at the Cades Cove...

Converting cow manure to fuel is growing climate solution, but critics say communities put at risk

Jun. 14, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

PIXLEY, Calif. (AP) — The stench of cow feces, urine and ammonia forces residents to keep windows and doors closed in parts of California's farming country. Some people constantly run air purifiers at home to counter the smell and, they say, fight off air-related ailments. "We...

Senate confirms new energy regulators, extending Biden's grip on panel that backs renewable energy

Jun. 13, 2024 12:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's grip on a key federal energy commission will last beyond his first term, giving a boost to the Democrat's push for renewable energy regardless of the election results in November. The Senate ensured that political reality as lawmakers...

Fight over constitutional provisions to guard against oil, gas pollution moves ahead in New Mexico

Jun. 10, 2024 20:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge cleared the way Monday for a landmark lawsuit to proceed that alleges the state has failed to meet its constitutional obligations for protecting against oil and gas pollution. Environmental groups and Native Americans who live near oil...

The Philippines goes all in for natural gas, a climate pollutant

Jun. 06, 2024 20:18 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sea turtles still scramble from the waters of Batangas Bay, paddling up the sand to bury their eggs. Coral reefs that some marine biologists call the Amazon of the ocean lie just offshore, home to giant clams, nurturing small fish, which in turn are prey for manta rays....

EV sales boom in Nepal, helping to save on oil imports, alleviate smog

Jun. 06, 2024 07:00 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s abundant hydroelectric power is helping the Himalayan nation cut its oil imports and clean up its air, thanks to a boom in sales of electric vehicles. Nearly all of the electricity produced in Nepal is clean energy, most of it generated by...

Virginia governor says state will abandon California emissions standards by the end of the year

Jun. 05, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday that Virginia will abandon California's stringent vehicle emissions rules aimed at reducing carbon pollution at the end of the year when that state’s current regulations expire, citing an attorney general opinion. In...

Environmental groups take first step to sue oil refinery for pollution violations

Jun. 05, 2024 14:07 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Environmental groups took the first step to sue the owner of an oil refinery near Denver for years of pollution violations, saying Wednesday that state regulators haven’t done enough to hold the owner accountable. The refinery owned by Suncor Energy sits in Commerce...