Panel to take closely watched vote on pipeline station

U.S. 12/09/18, 09:18

A normally low profile citizen panel that votes on air pollution permits is set to take a closely watched vote Monday on whether Virginia's most powerful corporation can build a natural gas compressor station in a historical African-American community.Dominion Energy needs the State Air Pollution Control Board to sign off ...

Gray Milan has ambitious plans to be cleaner, greener

Business 12/09/18, 06:39

If Italy's fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray — not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings for which the city is celebrated, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution.In this picture taken on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 a man and a ...

Minnesota cities turning to saltwater to keep roads ice-free

Enviroment 12/05/18, 17:27

Cities across Minnesota are turning to spraying a saltwater solution on roads to help keep them ice-free, with some saying it's more environmentally responsible than spreading rock salt.The Minnesota Department of Transportation has added brine sprayers to its fleet of 840 snowplows. Ramsey County almost tripled its salt-spraying capacity last ...

Aegean signs preliminary deal to buy Pratt & Whitney engines

Europe 12/05/18, 13:26

Greece's dominant Aegean Airlines has signed a preliminary agreement with Pratt & Whitney to buy new fuel-efficient and lower-pollution engines for up to 62 new passenger jets.Chairman of Aegean Airlines Eftychios Vassilakis, left, Rick Deurloo Senior Vice President - Sales, Marketing and Customer Support at Pratt & Whitney and Aegean ...

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

Europe 12/05/18, 13:03

After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists.World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Project , an international scientific ...

UN: Curbing climate change would reap huge health benefits

Europe 12/05/18, 08:15

The United Nations says curbing climate change will have huge benefits for people's health worldwide.The World Health Organization said Wednesday that meeting the 2015 Paris accord's goals would significantly cut global air pollution, saving a million lives each year by 2050.Fossil fuels that produce air pollution, such as coal, gasoline ...

California wildfire emissions equal year of power pollution

California 11/30/18, 16:32

Wildfires in California in 2018 released the rough equivalent of about 68 million tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide — about the same amount of carbon emissions as are produced in a year to provide electricity to the state, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday.The carbon dioxide figure — based ...

Notorious for bad fumes, Madrid launches polluting-car ban

World 11/30/18, 08:47

Madrid has activated an anti-pollution order that significantly restricts private vehicles in the city center, including a total ban on the most polluting cars.The much-debated plan establishes a 472 hectare-low-emission zone in the heart of the Spanish capital.A postman walks in a street near a sign painted on the road ...

China’s coal project in Serbia adds to climate change worry

China 11/30/18, 07:38

China has been seen as the world leader in the battle to cut carbon emissions and prevent a global environmental catastrophe, after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement on global climate change in 2017.In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, mining machines work in the open cast ...

WHO says Iraq river pollution toxic to fish

Enviroment 11/20/18, 08:53

The World Health Organizations said Tuesday that laboratory tests completed after a shocking fish die-off in Iraq's Euphrates River show the water is contaminated with high levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and ammonia.Fishermen were stunned to find that hundreds of tons of carp had died suddenly in their river cages ...

Fine particle air pollution is a public health emergency hiding in plain sight

News 11/19/18, 02:34

Ambient air pollution is the largest environmental health problem in the United States and in the world more generally. Fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 millionths of a meter, known as PM2.5, was the fifth-leading cause of death in the world in 2015, factoring in approximately 4.1 million global deaths annually. In ...

Conservation groups disappointed with Illinois River plan

Enviroment 11/15/18, 15:36

Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with a memorandum of agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas officials to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed."This MOA proposes absolutely no provisions that will result in substantial water quality improvements any time soon," said Ed Brocksmith of Tahlequah, a member ...

State says permit for refinery near national park justified

U.S. 11/13/18, 14:04

North Dakota's Health Department did not improperly discount its own concerns about pollution from a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park when it permitted the project earlier this year, attorneys for the agency and for the developer argue.The department and Meridian Energy Group are asking a state judge ...

Toxic smog cloaks Indian capital amid Diwali festivities

Health 11/08/18, 01:38

Toxic smog has shrouded the Indian capital as air quality plummeted to hazardous levels after tens of thousands of people set off a multitude of firecrackers to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Diwali.With schools closed for holidays, many young children stayed indoors to escape the pollution levels that shot ...

Bolivian observatory collects data as glaciers melt

World 11/08/18, 01:35

The snow appears to be pristine on the Andean peaks that loom above Bolivia's capital, but even here ash and smog reach up to a remote plateau that is home to the world's highest atmospheric observatory.It's an ideal site for a team of international scientists who collect data on pollution ...

Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

U.S. 11/07/18, 18:29

A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales, one of three dozen recommendations to save a population that is at its lowest in over 30 years.The group advising Gov. Jay Inslee voted Tuesday to recommend a three- ...

Montana measure to boost mine cleanup standards fails

Enviroment 11/07/18, 15:11

Montana voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have increased cleanup standards for companies that plan to open new mines in the state.The measure that failed in Tuesday's election would have required developers to provide clear evidence in any new hard-rock mining proposal that the mine wouldn't need the ...

Carp ‘annihilated’ as Iraq’s water pollution woes worsen

World 11/04/18, 12:29

Iraqi officials and fishermen are at a loss to explain how hundreds of tons of carp have suddenly died in fish farms in the Euphrates River, fueling anxieties about soaring water pollution.Local authorities used excavators to skim dead fish from the river surface near the town of Hindiyah, 80 kilometers ...

Volkswagen profit rises despite emissions certification woes

Business 10/30/18, 04:20

Volkswagen saw net profit more than double in the third quarter even as sales fell due to delays certifying vehicles for new emissions tests.Profit rose to 2.76 billion euros ($3.14 billion) from an adjusted figure of 1.07 billion in the year-ago quarter. Sales revenue rose 0.9 percent to 55.2 billion ...

Europe’s air pollution still exceeds limits, must improve

Europe 10/29/18, 08:02

The European Union's environmental agency says air pollution is slowly improving across the continent but still exceeds the bloc's limits and guidelines from the U.N. health agency.The European Environment Agency on Monday issued its 2018 report on air quality and said emissions from road traffic, agriculture, energy production, industry and ...

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