Latest Air pollution News

Dutch government to rein in flights at Schiphol Airport

Jun. 24, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Dutch government said Friday it will cut the maximum number of flights allowed each year at the country's busiest aviation hub, Schiphol Airport, in an attempt to reduce noise and air pollution. The decision — expected to take effect late next year — to cut...

California emissions, carbon neutrality plan draws criticism

Jun. 23, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heat waves and drought gripping California highlight the urgency to slash fossil fuel use and remove planet-warming emissions from the air, a top state official said Thursday as discussions began on a new proposal for how the state will meet its ambitious climate goals....

Protesters want Murphy to deny future fossil fuel projects

Jun. 23, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched on New Jersey's Capitol on Thursday, urging Gov. Phil Murphy to deny permits to any future project that involves the burning of fossil fuels. Environmentalists and advocates of environmental justice listed a litany of proposed...

In climate fight, EU lawmakers back stricter emission caps

Jun. 22, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers stepped up the fight against global warming Wednesday by requiring deeper emission cuts from power plants, factories and planes in the EU and by endorsing an unprecedented import tax. The European Parliament advanced draft climate...

Thousands of Dutch farmers protest, fearing government cuts

Jun. 22, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

STROE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of farmers gathered in the central Netherlands Wednesday to protest the Dutch government’s plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, driving their tractors across the Netherlands and snarling traffic on major highways. The...

Cement carbon dioxide emissions quietly double in 20 years

Jun. 22, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

Heat trapping carbon dioxide emissions from making cement, a less talked about but major source of carbon pollution, have doubled in the last 20 years, new global data shows. In 2021, worldwide emissions from making cement for buildings, roads and other infrastructure hit nearly 2.9...

Business groups sue over heat and smoke worker protections

Jun. 21, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some Oregon business groups are suing over the state’s new job site rules mandating that employers take steps to protect workers from extreme heat and wildfire smoke. Regulations adopted by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division mandate that...

Regulators deny suspension of costlier fuel requirement

Jun. 21, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has run into a roadblock in trying to deliver relief for Louisville-area motorists forced to pay more at the pump for reformulated gas. Federal regulators denied his request for a waiver to temporarily remove the requirement that costlier but...

Companies weigh in on proposed SEC climate disclosure rule

Jun. 17, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission moved closer Friday to a final rule that would dramatically alter what public companies tell shareholders about climate change — both the risks it poses to their operations and their own contributions to the problem. Public...

As Po dries up, Italy's food and energy supplies are at risk

Jun. 17, 2022 04:46 AM EDT

BORETTO, Italy (AP) — Water is so low in large stretches of Italy's largest river that local residents are walking through the middle of the expanse of sand and shipwrecks are resurfacing. Authorities fear that if it doesn't rain soon, there'll be a serious shortage of water for...