Bella Vista warned of unsafe air near underground dump fire

Enviroment 05/21/19, 18:18

A property owner's association is warning residents about the unhealthy air near an underground fire that's been burning for 10 months at a former unlicensed dump in northwestern Arkansas.Crews began fighting the fire Saturday at the Trafalgar Road site in Bella Vista, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) northwest of Little ...

Mexico City lifts pollution alert as air quality improves

Enviroment 05/17/19, 20:15

Mexico's capital has lifted a pollution alert in effect since Wednesday saying the concentration of tiny particles in the air had fallen significantly.The environmental commission for the metropolitan area of some 20 million residents says conditions are forecast to continue improving through the weekend.In a statement Friday, it said a ...

Report: Air quality harmed as Texas oil production booms

U.S. 05/09/19, 00:15

The production of oil and natural gas in West Texas is booming but it's coming at a cost to residents who are regularly exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to a report issued by an environmental group.The Environmental Integrity Project noted in a report released Thursday that the ...

Campaigners against Heathrow expansion lose legal challenge

Europe 05/01/19, 04:51

Campaigners fighting British government plans to expand Heathrow Airport lost a challenge in one of the country's highest courts on Wednesday.A coalition of local councils, environmentalists and London residents claim the government has failed to properly address the impact on air quality, climate change, noise and congestion that adding a ...

New York will be first US city to charge congestion toll

New York 04/02/19, 16:35

New York City is set to become the first American metropolis that seeks to ease traffic congestion, cut pollution and boost mass transit by charging motorists a hefty toll for the privilege of driving into its most crammed areas. So can it work?If the experience of other cities around the ...

Air is so dirty in northern Thailand, leader flies to see it

Asia & Pacific 04/02/19, 02:02

The air hanging over Thailand's far north has become so polluted, the prime minister went Tuesday to see in person what's been called a severe health crisis.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived by helicopter at an army base in Chiang Mai, a city that's a popular tourist destination where seasonal haze ...

Worsening air pollution reducing lifespans in Indonesia

Health 03/29/19, 03:22

Indonesia's air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past two decades, shaving five years from life expectancy in some regions, researchers say.The study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago says an increase in coal-fired ...

Group takes oil refinery fight to North Dakota’s high court

Enviroment 03/27/19, 15:18

An environmental group is taking its battle against an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the North Dakota Supreme Court.The National Parks Conservation Association argued in its Wednesday filing that an air quality permit issued by the state Health Department for the $800 million Davis Refinery ...

Texas students return to school following petrochemical fire

U.S. 03/25/19, 09:27

Students are returning to school in an area southeast of Houston after a fire at a petrochemical storage facility prompted several days of canceled classes.Students were back in class Monday in Deer Park, Galena Park and other communities near the International Terminals Company in Deer Park. Classes were canceled because ...

Blaze extinguished at Texas petrochemicals facility

U.S. 03/20/19, 05:52

Crews have extinguished a fire that's burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility.International Terminals Company says the blaze in Deer Park was extinguished as of 3 a.m. Wednesday. The fire began Sunday at the facility southeast of Houston, sending a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet ...

Update: Fire at Texas plant could last 2 more days

U.S. 03/18/19, 12:30

The Latest on a fire at a Texas petrochemicals plant (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Officials say a large fire at petrochemicals terminal near Houston will likely burn for another two days. The fire erupted Sunday at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 15 miles southeast of Houston. Fire crews continued battle ...

US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama

Enviroment 02/26/19, 15:36

U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday announced they are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite calls by health advocates for a tougher standard. The move keeps in place a threshold for sulfur dioxide pollution established in 2010 by the U.S. Environmental ...

Bangkok flies drones, seeks better ideas to improve bad air

Health 01/31/19, 01:26

A fleet of drones, trucks and small planes are spraying water to try to reduce dust around Bangkok while the governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas to improve the air quality in the Thai capital.Unhealthy levels of air pollution forced city schools to close Wednesday for the rest of ...

New Mexico governor joins alliance against climate change

U.S. 01/29/19, 19:47

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday committed her fledgling Democratic administration to aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions amid a boom in oil and natural gas production in the state, while endorsing goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming. Flanked by newly appointed energy ...

Brussels protesters brave cold rain to demand climate action

Europe 01/27/19, 09:10

Thousands of protesters are marching through the Belgian capital of Brussels to demand that the government increases its efforts to fight climate change.In the fourth demonstration in two months attracting at least 10,000 protesters, banners were held high Sunday to demand better use of renewable energies and more action to ...

Oregon OKs new smoke rules to allow more prescribed burns

Enviroment 01/25/19, 14:12

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission has approved new smoke rules for the state that will allow more planned burns that reduce wildfire risk by getting rid of underbrush and dead trees.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the rules approved Thursday are a tradeoff between having some smoke drift into communities during ...

Judge upholds permit for oil refinery near national park

U.S. 01/24/19, 16:52

A North Dakota judge has upheld a state permit allowing construction to begin on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, upsetting environmental groups hoping to stop the project.Judge Dann Greenwood ruled that the state Health Department has effectively supported its position that the $800 million Davis Refinery will ...

Newsom announces nominee for California utility regulator

U.S. 01/22/19, 22:14

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday nominated a new commissioner to California's utility regulator and three nominees for a panel tasked with studying how the state can fairly distribute costs related to destructive wildfires.Newsom named Genevieve Shiroma to the Public Utilities Commission, a five-member body that regulates privately owned electric, natural ...

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

Asia & Pacific 01/14/19, 04:22

Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand's hazy capital Bangkok opting to hand out face masks and step up enforcement of pollution controls.A combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants, lingering over Bangkok due to prevailing weather ...

Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over air quality

Enviroment 01/03/19, 17:38

A coalition of environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue on Thursday, warning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it must hold Utah and Arizona accountable for missing deadlines to submit plans to clean up air pollution.The announcement came just as a new layer of dirty air settled in ...

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