Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Editorial: Breathing clean air
Thursday April 24th 2014, 9:26 pm

Encouraging figures from the California Air Pollution Control Officers’ Association show 2013 was Ventura County’s cleanest, most smog-free year on record. That’s good news for everyone who breathes.

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Tories: We’ll end scourge of onshore wind farms.
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

An effective moratorium on new onshore wind farms will be in place within six months of a Tory election victory next year, the party will pledge today.

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Texas yanks funding from air quality program for releasing emissions data.
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The early release of some scientific data have cost the San Antonio region much-needed state funds to battle its growing air pollution problem. The misstep, which appears to have been unintentional, highlights the sensitivity of studying oil and gas pollution in business-friendly Texas.

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Sketchy claims inflate BC’s wood energy exports.
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Eight words in a 927-page document. That’s all it took to launch a European policy with implications for B.C. That policy counts burning wood for energy as equivalent, climate-wise, to solar and wind power. This despite the fact that burning wood releases the same greenhouse gasses as fossil fuels.

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Clear Fork gets grant to cut bus emissions.
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The Clear Fork Valley Local Schools soon will be releasing fewer greenhouse-gas emissions into the air above the Clear Fork valley, thanks to a $70,938 grant.

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Chinese hesitant to buy electric vehicles.
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The issue of pricing isn’t the largest obstacle to selling electric vehicles in China. Consumers say their cities are lacking a well-established battery-charging infrastructure.

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China’s legislature adopts revised Environmental Protection Law.
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature, on Thursday voted to adopt revisions to the Environmental Protection Law.

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Capital dumps a fortune at its landfills.
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

Delhi government calls its three garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Okhla and Bhalswa landfills. In reality, these are monstrous trash mountains, including hazardous waste, leaching out toxic liquids and emanating noxious fumes. Thousands of scavenging birds swarm over them as they grow larger every day.

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Can Mexico City’s roof gardens help the metropolis shrug off its smog?
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

In a sheltered corner of one of the greatest megacities on Earth, there is a place where lizards careen around tree trunks, butterflies drink nectar from vermillion flowers and hummingbirds whisk the heavy air with their wings.

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Biomass fuel: Worse for climate than coal?
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

As the world searches for alternatives to climate-altering fossil fuels, the prospect of “grow-your-own” clean energy from plants — so-called biomass fuel — is tantalizing. But once you clear away the smoke, there are real problems with the carbon-neutral claims being made for this “green” energy. (Part 2 of 3.)

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US announces sweeping reforms to protect coal miners from black lung disease.
Thursday April 24th 2014, 2:00 pm

After almost two decades of reports, hearings, failed proposals and political wrangling, federal regulators on Wednesday announced sweeping changes to protect coal miners from black lung disease.

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