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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...

Afghan capital's air pollution may be even deadlier than war

Nov. 13, 2019 4:54 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn't escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air pollution, worsened by bitter cold and poverty. At the...

Poor air quality closes schools in Iran's capital

Nov. 12, 2019 11:06 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Dangerously poor air quality has forced Iran's government to close all primary schools in the capital, Tehran, a city home to 10 million people. A thick smog is hanging over the city, caused by heavy traffic and factory pollution. It's been worsened by a lack of wind and rain in recent...

Poor air quality closes schools in eastern Pakistan

Nov. 7, 2019 2:30 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Dangerously poor air quality has forced Pakistan's government to close all schools in Lahore, the capital of eastern Punjab province and home to 11 million people. A thick smog is hanging over the city, caused in part by widespread crop burning in the surrounding province. It's a...

India's capital restricts cars as people choke in dirty air

Nov. 4, 2019 6:26 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities restricted many private vehicles from taking to the roads of India's capital on Monday amid a public health crisis that has left New Delhi residents gasping and their eyes burning from toxic air pollution. The "odd-even" scheme will restrict private vehicles with odd-number...

New Delhi schools shut because of toxic smog

Nov. 1, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An expert panel in India's capital declared a health emergency Friday due to air pollution choking the city, with authorities ordering schools closed until Nov. 5. The Supreme Court-appointed panel is also temporarily banning construction activity in the New Delhi region to control the...

Smog-plagued Warsaw to limit access by car, coal heating

Oct. 30, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities in smog-plagued Warsaw revealed plans Wednesday to further limit car access to the city center, cut down on coal heating in private homes and expand green areas in a drive to improve the city's air quality. Especially in the fall and winter, when the air is damp and people...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's foggy claims on climate policy

Oct. 24, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality got blurred this week in a haze of claims as President Donald Trump attacked Barack Obama's climate policies. Here's a look at some of the president's statements on the subject, delivered Wednesday in Pennsylvania when he addressed an energy-industry event focused on fracking....

Thai prime minister advises masks against Bangkok smog

Sep. 30, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister urged residents of Bangkok to wear face masks on Monday after smog covered parts of the capital in what some fear is a harbinger of more pollution to come. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha warned in a statement on his Facebook page that the concentration of tiny...

EPA targets California over poor air quality

Sep. 24, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday blamed California's worst-in-the nation air quality on shoddy paperwork, calling on the state to overhaul its plans for cleaning up toxic smog or risk losing billions in federal road dollars. The government's warning is the latest battle between...