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  • Smog at extremely hazardous levels in Shanghai

    Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city's spectacular skyline. The financial district was shrouded in a yellow haze, and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Beijing Struggles to cut Smog with Wide-Ranging Restrictions

    When Dong Yingli first opened her east Beijing meat skewers restaurant six years ago, her chefs cooked the lamb, chicken hearts and assorted treats over an uncovered grill, with giant fans blowing the clouds of pungent smoke from the sidewalk into the middle of the street. Elsewhere in this sprawling capital city, four coal-fired power plants belched exhaust into the smoggy skies, while countless ...


    By Associated Press

  • Beijing issues 2nd smog red alert of the month

    China's capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million ...


    By Associated Press

  • Smog Today or Climate Change Tomorrow: The Chinese Dilemma

    China has to balance the health and welfare of its citizens today with longer range impacts of climate change. McIlvaine has a number of services which shed light on the resolution of this difficult choice. One is N049 Oil, Gas, Shale and Refining Markets and Projects. In this service, McIlvaine is following the very ambitious ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • China`s gray smog has a blue lining: Air improves this year

    Lawyer Wu Congsi has asthma and keeps air purifiers whirring away in his office, home and car to counter Beijing's hazardous smog. He prefers to stay inside unless the sky is blue. But this year, he's been able to regularly walk the 15 minutes or so to work. That's because of some good news that so far has gone little noticed outside of China: The air in Beijing - and across the rest of the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Beijing says pollution lessened in 2015 despite smog alerts

    Environmental authorities in Beijing say the Chinese capital's air quality in 2015 was better than the year before despite the city's first two red alerts for pollution late in the year. China has been setting national and local targets to reduce its notorious air pollution as citizens have become increasingly aware of the health dangers. Beijing's municipal government has been replacing ...


    By Associated Press

  • Air pollution in Beijing hits hazardous levels

    Schools in the Chinese capital kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments Tuesday as Beijing grappled with extremely severe air pollution for the fifth straight day. The heavy smog erased the capital's skylines with a monotonous gray and left buildings just a block or two away hardly discernable. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Wide gap between New Delhi, Beijing smog policies

    Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world's pollution poster child. On bad days in India's congested capital, the air is so murky it slows traffic to a crawl. Conversations are punctuated with rasping coughs. Weak bands of sunlight filter through a grainy sky. Air monitoring sensors around the landlocked ...


    By Associated Press

  • Breathing in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh can be hazardous for your health

    One out of every 10 people in the United States lives in an area with unhealthy levels of all three types of air pollution tracked by the new American Lung Association State of the Air report - ozone, short-term particle pollution and year-round particle pollution. Published last week, the annual report shows that Los Angeles again is the city most affected by ozone and year-round particle ...

  • Hercules, Inc., to Pay $245,521 Civil Penalty for violations of clean air act’s leak detection and repair requirements

    Hercules, Inc., a Wilmington, Del., chemical company, has agreed to pay a $245,521 civil penalty to the United States for violating the Clean Air Act’s Leak Detection and Repair requirements at its manufacturing facility in Louisiana, Mo. According to a stipulation of settlement and judgment filed today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, Hercules violated the National Emission Standards ...

  • Worst of haze shifts from Singapore to Malaysia

    Malaysian authorities declared a state of emergency Sunday in a southern district where a smoky haze blamed on Indonesian forest fires has triggered one of the country's worst pollution levels in years. The worst of the smog has shifted from Singapore to southernmost Malaysia, where noxious fumes have drifted across the sea this past week from ...


    By Associated Press

  • EBRD pushes forward air pollution reduction programme in Mongolia

    The EBRD is spearheading a project to help over 140,000 households in Ulaanbaatar switch from using the high polluting raw coal that swathes parts of the capital in smog for six months a year and which is a major health hazard in the capital. Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar requested the assistance of the EBRD last year in addressing the pollution problems. About half Ulaanbaatar’s ...

  • Free rides to combat pollution in France, Belgium

    Air pollution that has turned Paris skies a murky yellow and shrouded much of Belgium in smog for days forced drivers to slow down and gave a free ride Friday to millions in both countries who use public transportation. The belt of pollution stretched from France's Atlantic coast hundreds of miles into Belgium and well into Germany. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Two New England shipyards cited for environmental violations (MA, RI)

    Two New England shipyards, one in Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island, will pay penalties to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that they violated federal environmental laws. Rose’s Oil Service, a shipyard and fuel oil distributor in Gloucester, Mass., will pay $130,000 to resolve claims it violated federal water and oil pollution prevention laws. Under the ...

  • Providence R.I. Shipyard faces penalties for environmental violations (RI)

    A shipyard in Providence, R.I., Promet Marine Services Corp., faces significant penalties for violating federal clean air and clean water laws. EPA has filed a complaint stating that Promet violated federal laws by discharging polluted water into the Providence River and by not getting the required air and water permits for its pressure washing, painting and related operations. Promet, which ...

  • U.S. and W.Va. Settle Case Against DuPont over Clean Air Act Violations at Washington Works Facility

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) has agreed to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at DuPont’s Washington Works Facility, located in Washington, Wood County, West Virginia. A proposed settlement, involving DuPont, the United States, and the State of West Virginia, was filed today in federal district court in ...

  • Air quality impact of diesel ‘severely underestimated’

    Hydrocarbons are precursors to hazardous air pollutants including ozone and particulate matter. Hydrocarbons from diesel make up over 50% of all hydrocarbons in the air in London, a new study has found. The authors also estimate that they contribute up to half of total ozone production potential in London, and say future air quality control strategies must focus more on these pollutants. Around ...

  • Cancer risk from bad Southern California air eases

    Southern California's air is getting healthier, and with that the chances of getting cancer from inhaling toxins has fallen significantly. The risk of cancer from airborne pollutants has dropped by more than 50 percent on average since 2005, according to a study released Thursday by the region's air quality regulators. Concerted efforts to reduce emissions from diesel trucks and other vehicles ...


    By Associated Press

  • As EPA nominee faces hearing, environmental groups point the way to clean air reforms

    As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares for an era under new leadership, environmental groups are taking legal action aimed at improving much-needed air pollution controls for almost 50 industries. Attorneys at Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council are filing a rulemaking petition and lawsuit today targeting weak and overdue air regulations for 48 industries -- from ...

  • EPA provides federal grants to Brooklyn community group working to protect public health (NY)

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator, Judith Enck was joined by Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez to announce the award of two EPA grants, totaling $125,000, to the Brooklyn non-profit group UPROSE. The group is dedicated to involving youth and residents in economic and environmental issues. It will use the funding to better understand and address air pollution ...

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