Uncharted waters: Scientists to explore Indian Ocean depths

Europe 01/24/19, 01:22

A ship carrying submarines that will take scientists to the unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean is preparing to set sail from Germany for the start of a three-year mission to explore one of the world's last great frontiers.The Britain-based Nekton Mission will use submarines to go 300 meters below ...

Talk about highway speed limit has Germans all fired up

Europe 01/22/19, 09:33

A leaked proposal to impose universal speed limits on the Autobahn is causing outrage among car-loving Germans.The country's transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has said the idea "goes against all common sense." But prominent Green Party lawmaker Cem Ozdemir defended the proposal Tuesday, calling it an "act of reason."Germany is one ...

Michigan cancer study considers toxic air pollution

Enviroment 01/21/19, 10:20

Michigan regulators are expanding an investigation into air pollution produced by a medical device manufacturer. The Grand Rapids Press reports that the Department of Environmental Quality this month announced plans to widen air-quality testing around ...

Banksy mural on garage in Wales sold but will stay in place

Entertainment 01/18/19, 07:06

A British art dealer says he has bought a mural stenciled by street artist Banksy on a garage wall in Wales for more than 100,000 pounds ($129,000).The artwork in Port Talbot shows a child playing in falling ash from a dumpster fire, an apparent reference to the steel town's air ...

Key Democrat wants answers from EPA on Minnesota mine plan

Enviroment 01/17/19, 16:01

An influential Democratic congresswoman wants to know why the Environmental Protection Agency opted against filing formal comments with state regulators when they considered whether to issue a key permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Minnesota.Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum, a critic of the project who chairs a House subcommittee that ...

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

U.S. 01/15/19, 02:34

The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. EPA said in a statement that it is directing "its resources to the most significant and impactful cases." But the 166 cases referred for prosecution in the ...

India’s mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

World 01/14/19, 20:15

Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve sanitation across the country.But the skies over the confluence ...

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

World 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 ...

Minnesota governor seeks balance on agency picks

Enviroment 01/13/19, 15:40

State agencies in Minnesota often play an outsized role in bitter fights between environmentalists and industry — such as mining proposals or anti-pollution regulations for agriculture — and have sometimes drawn frustration across the political spectrum in recent years over permitting decisions and enforcement practices.So for incoming Gov. Tim Walz, ...

Hissing, shouts of ‘shame’ as pipeline station gets permit

U.S. 01/08/19, 17:13

A state board in Virginia approved a contentious plan Tuesday to build a natural gas pipeline station in a historic African-American community, prompting angry shouts of "shame" from more than 200 opponents.The State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 in favor of a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, ...

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 ...

Indian firefighters battle air pollution in New Delhi

Health 12/27/18, 00:46

Indian authorities have ordered firefighters in the capital to sprinkle water from high-rise buildings to settle dust and stop garbage fires and have banned construction activity amid hazardous air quality affecting millions of people.New Delhi recorded one of the highest pollution levels of the year on Sunday with the air ...

Residents of Russian city protest ‘black sky’ air pollution

Europe 12/24/18, 16:20

Residents of Chelyabinsk are expressing worry over industrial pollution after heavy smog enveloped the Ural Mountains city this month and remained for two weeks.On Sunday, about 700 protesters braved temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) to demand cleaner air. They held banners reading "We want clean skies!" and ...

Minnesota OKs final major state permits for PolyMet mine

Enviroment 12/20/18, 15:22

State pollution regulators on Thursday issued the last major state permits sought by the developers of the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, leaving only one major federal permit still pending.The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced its approval of the air and water quality permits for the project and ...

Banksy’s new artwork in Wales: A comment on air pollution?

Europe 12/19/18, 17:33

Street artist and social commentator Banksy has apparently popped up in Wales, leaving a new artwork on a garage in Port Talbot that references the town's air pollution.A video posted to his official Instagram account on Wednesday afternoon had close-ups of the piece.With the children's song "Little Snowflake" as a ...

European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

World 12/19/18, 07:24

Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way.The 28-nation bloc moved closer Wednesday to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton buds after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament said they're following recommendations by its executive branch designed to marine ...

Scientists: Michigan may need stronger standard for toxins

Enviroment 12/18/18, 17:17

Michigan's standard for protecting drinking water from certain toxic chemicals may not be strong enough to safeguard human health, a scientific panel convened by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday.The finding by the Michigan PFAS Science Advisory Committee highlighted a 99-page report to state officials grappling with the emergence of ...

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air laws in Fairbanks

Enviroment 12/14/18, 18:45

Three Alaska groups sued Friday to demand the Environmental Protection Agency enforce the cleanup of some of the nation's most polluted winter air around the state's second-largest city.The lawsuit filed in Seattle by environmental law firm Earthjustice says the state of Alaska has failed to submit a legally compliant plan ...

PHOTOS: Urgency of climate talks seen in coal plants, ice

Europe 12/14/18, 06:02

As politicians haggle at a U.N. climate conference in Poland over ways to limit global warming, the industries and machines powering our modern world keep spewing their pollution into the air and water.FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 file photo a woman who scavenges recyclable materials from garbage ...

Michigan Legislature OKs bill to limit tougher regulations

Business 12/11/18, 20:49

Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and other future governors would have a tougher time adopting stricter environmental and other state regulations under a Republican-backed bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday.He vetoed similar legislation in 2011, but this measure — unlike that one — includes an exception that would let ...

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