Latest Air pollution News

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

Deadline soon for Volkswagen settlement money in Maine

Nov. 15, 2019 12:50 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The deadline is nearing for Maine government agencies and private businesses to apply for money stemming from Volkswagen’s environmental settlement concerning a diesel emissions scandal. The state government of Maine has announced plans to distribute about $3 million from the...

EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...

Springfield is getting 2 electric-powered transit buses

Nov. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield is getting two electric-powered transit buses and could get more if they perform as expected. The Springfield News-Leader reports that City Utilities says the buses will arrive in Springfield by the end of 2020. Transit director Matt Crawford says the buses will help the...

Automaker Daimler to save $1.54B by cutting manager posts

Nov. 14, 2019 9:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler says it plans to slash costs 1.4 billion euros ($1.54 billion) by cutting every tenth managerial position and other austerity measures. CEO Ola Kallenius told reporters in London on Thursday that the EU’s stricter specifications on carbon dioxide emissions and...

Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips for 3rd day

Nov. 14, 2019 7:54 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Schools in India’s capital are shut on Thursday and Friday after a thick gray haze of noxious air enveloped the city for the third consecutive day, and angry residents blamed authorities for holding an annual children’s race. Buildings and monuments were largely obscured by...

Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

Nov. 14, 2019 1:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said. With increasing diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne...

Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

Nov. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s...

Switzerland OKs linkup with EU’s emissions trading system

Nov. 13, 2019 12:57 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland has approved a change to its environmental legislation allowing companies to take part in the European Union’s emissions trading system. The measures agreed Wednesday mean that civil aviation and fossil fuel power stations will be included in the Swiss emissions trading...

Prince Charles discusses climate change with Indian experts

Nov. 13, 2019 11:09 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles met with Indian experts on Wednesday during a visit to the country focusing on global challenges such as climate change and business sustainability. The Prince of Wales discussed how to strengthen disaster resilience and tackle the effects of climate change at the...