Latest Air quality News

Officials report Oregon's largest daily COVID-19 case count

Sep. 25, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 457 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the state's largest daily total since the the start of the pandemic. Officials attributed the rise in cases to Labor Day gatherings, the return of college students to campus and the interruption of testing...

Colorado requires early pollution monitoring at oil sites

Sep. 25, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have approved new rules that require air pollution monitoring at oil and gas sites during early stages of operations — the first state regulatory system of its kind in the country, the state Department of Public Health and Environment said. The...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento where he announced an executive order requiring the sale of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

Sep. 24, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The...

Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., center, speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and House Majority Whip James Clyburn, of S.C., during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House backs bill to boost 'clean energy,' enhance efficiency

Sep. 24, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming. The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges related to the company's diesel emissions scandal, these ones related to alleged market manipulation. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Former VW boss Winterkorn faces trial on 2nd set of charges

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges in the company's diesel emissions scandal, this time accused of market manipulation. Thursday's announcement by the Braunschweig state court followed a decision earlier this month...

Kings Canyon, Yosemite parks reopen as air quality improves

Sep. 23, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Kings Canyon National Park reopened to visitors on Wednesday and Yosemite National Park will welcome back visitors on Friday as air quality improves. Both parks closed last Thursday when smoke from the sixth-largest wildfire in recorded California history created...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, protesters prepare to take down a makeshift oil derrick that was set up in front of the California State Office Building to protest fracking in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California ban on fracking by 2024 criticized as too late

Sep. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. "He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, a VW ID.4 stands in front of the Frauenkirche on the occasion of a Volkswagen vehicle presentation on the Neumarkt in Dresden, Germany. Germany's Volkswagen is unveiling the ID.4, the battery-powered sport-utility vehicle that is headed for global markets including the United States and China, as the company takes a major step forward in its campaign to make electric cars a mass-market choice. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP, File)

New SUV is next step in VW's post-scandal electric offensive

Sep. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is unveiling a battery-powered sport-utility vehicle that is headed for global markets including the United States and China, as the company takes a major step forward in its campaign to make electric cars a mass-market choice. The ID.4 combines the battery drive...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer on Wednesday, Sept, 23, 2020, called for Michigan to become

Whitmer offers 'carbon-neutral' climate plan for Michigan

Sep. 23, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday called for Michigan to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 in the fight against climate change, which would require steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and significantly greater use of renewable energy. The Democratic...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, a VW ID.4 stands in front of the Frauenkirche on the occasion of a Volkswagen vehicle presentation on the Neumarkt in Dresden, Germany. Germany's Volkswagen is unveiling the ID.4, the battery-powered sport-utility vehicle that is headed for global markets including the United States and China, as the company takes a major step forward in its campaign to make electric cars a mass-market choice. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP, File)

Germany: 8 more charged in Volkswagen diesel scandal

Sep. 23, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday they have filed charges against eight more Volkswagen employees accused of involvement in the company's diesel scandal, which saw it sell cars fitted with software that let them cheat on emissions tests. Prosecutors in Braunschweig did not identify the eight,...