Indian authorities brace for worst air pollution season

World 10/26/18, 02:48

With the air quality reduced to "very severe" in the Indian capital region, authorities have braced Friday for a major Hindu festival featuring massive fireworks that threatens to cloak New Delhi with more toxic smog and dust.An Indian farmer is seen through smoke as he walks back after burning paddy ...

Chevron agrees to $160 million upgrade, fines to end probe

California 10/24/18, 19:42

Federal officials say Chevron Corp. has agreed to pay a nearly $3 million fine and spend $160 million on environmental improvements and upgrading oil refineries to resolve allegations the company violated pollution laws.The U.S. Department of Justice announced the agreement Wednesday.The San Ramon, California-based based company agreed to spend $150 ...

Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial

Science 10/22/18, 22:22

Young activists who are suing the U.S. government in a high-profile climate change lawsuit say the case poses important constitutional questions that should be fully evaluated at trial next week.The 21 young people issued a response Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily put the trial on hold. Lawyers for ...

OECD predicts unsustainable rise in use of raw materials

Enviroment 10/22/18, 05:21

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is warning that the world's consumption of raw materials will rise sharply, putting greater pressure on the environment.The Paris-based think tank said Monday that with a growing global population and rising living standards, the amount of raw materials used each year will increase ...

Volkswagen offers more incentives to unload old diesels

Business 10/18/18, 23:26

German automaker Volkswagen says it is offering more incentives to trade in older diesel models in an effort to improve air quality. The company said Thursday it would offer trade-in incentives for people who want to replace old diesels that met formerly looser emissions standards, and additional premiums for people who ...

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

U.S. 10/18/18, 18:18

Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention.Some argue the quickest way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower Snake River, ...

Beaches closed on the French Riviera due to oil pellets

World 10/17/18, 14:43

France's Ecology Ministry says pellets of oil have reached Mediterranean beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera ten days after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica.It said those beaches were closed to the public Wednesday and agents were going to be mobilized to collect the oil. ...

Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

World 10/17/18, 02:24

Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls.But unlike in ancient times, the storied river that runs through Baghdad is fouled by untreated sewage and ...

Stopping toxic black plastic pollution

Enviroment 10/16/18, 02:08

"Black Mirror" is a sci-fi series that looks at the unexpected consequences of new technologies and contemporary behavior — and paints a dystopian portrait of the near future that would give Rod Serling nightmares! But that's nothing compared to the unexpected consequences of using recycled black plastic for food packaging and ...

Proposed Alaska rules tighten water-contamination cleanup

Enviroment 10/14/18, 23:25

Proposed rules in Alaska would restrict the cleanup of water contamination. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation looks to tighten the standards for per- and polyfluoralkyl chemical pollution in a set of regulation changes up for public comment through Nov. 5. The regulations up for comment add three ...

Life-sized plastic whale to raise ocean pollution awareness

Enviroment 10/12/18, 17:44

Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long (24-meter-long) blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution.The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh 300,000 pounds (136,000 kilograms) — about the ...

Plant developers cited for violating environmental rules

Enviroment 10/12/18, 04:29

Developers of a coal and gas-fired manufacturing plant that's under construction in West Virginia have been cited by state regulators for violating environmental regulations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Thursday that the Danish company building the plant, Rockwool, received the citation last week from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The inspector wrote ...

Berlin ordered to institute partial diesel vehicle ban

Europe 10/09/18, 10:20

A Berlin court has ordered the city to ban older diesel vehicles from several downtown streets to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the German capital.The Berlin administrative court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a suit brought by the environmental lobby group DUH, saying that the city-state's pollution reduction plan ...

Brown touts Oregon environmental legislation

Enviroment 10/03/18, 13:23

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday announced legislation that would maintain Oregon's water and air quality rules at the same level or higher than they were the day before President Donald Trump took office.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that one of the goals of the legislation is to protect public health ...

Germany agrees to plan to cut diesel pollution

Europe 10/02/18, 03:04

The German government backed plans Tuesday to help reduce pollution from diesel vehicles while easing the burden on consumers worried about costly upgrades.Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer and Environment Minister Svenja Schulze told reporters the concept is to keep modern, less polluting diesel vehicles on the road while upgrading or retiring ...

Big money pours into fight over Washington carbon fee

Business 09/27/18, 18:57

A campaign bankrolled by the oil industry has raised $20.46 million to defeat a carbon pollution fee on the ballot in Washington state aiming at tackling climate change.The money raised so far by the "No on 1631" campaign sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association, an oil industry trade group, ...

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