Air

By David Lary | Air Pollution

Pollutionwatch: exhaust emissions double below 20C – by design

Modern cars can start in the cold, so why are manufacturers failing to make exhaust controls more efficient below 20C?<p>Twenty-five years ago, starting a car in winter required careful balancing of choke and accelerator and sometimes sprays of WD40 or a bump start. Now, modern vehicles simply work in …

Sweden

EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome.<p>But some former EPA officials, as well …

Environment

World's Largest Air Purifier Completes Successful Trial Run in Xi'an, China

A 100-meter-tall air purification tower in Xi’an, China – believed to be the world’s largest air purifier – has significantly improved city air …

China

Delhi pollution: JNU professor says he has come up with long-term solution to tackle stubble burning

A Jawaharlal Nehru University professor has said that he has come up with a solution to tackle the issue of smog that has plagued the national …

Biomass

China punishes officials for tampering with smog monitoring

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has punished officials in the provinces of Jiangxi and Henan for tampering with pollution monitoring equipment in order to reduce smog readings, the environment ministry said in a notice on Sunday.<p>China has been waging a "war on pollution" since 2014 in a bid to reverse …

China

China's capital issues first major smog alert of winter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing issued its first major smog alert of the winter for the capital, triggering stringent measures to curb output of heavy industry as plunging temperatures spurred heating demand.<p>The orange alert issued late on Thursday, the second highest on China's four-level system, …

China

China says 28 northern cities met late 2017 anti-smog targets

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - All 28 Chinese cities in a demanding winter anti-smog campaign met their air quality targets from October to December, but weather conditions could pose challenges in early 2018, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.<p>The 28 northern cities were ordered to cut …

Pollution

We Finally Have Direct Proof That Human Activity Is Healing The Ozone Hole

Go team!<p>According to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), scientists have, for the first time, produced proof that the recovery of the ozone …

Climate Change

Why is there so much methane in the air? We may finally know

While most countries focus on reducing carbon dioxide in the battle to slow the rate of global climate change, scientists from the Jet Propulsion …

Climate Change

Pollutionwatch: reducing sulphur emissions saves lives – and forests

We used to worry more about acid rain than about climate change. It took years but the agreements made in the Gothenburg Protocol have made a difference<p>Today we focus our concern on climate change, but 40 years ago it was acid rain and forest die-back that dominated our air and environment debate. …

Environment

Delhi air quality drops to 'very poor': 36 trains running late, 28 cancelled as visibility falls to 400 metres - Firstpost

<b>New Delhi:</b> It was a foggy morning in New Delhi on Sunday with the minimum temperature recorded at 6.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's …

Air Quality

Pollution breached EU limits at nearly 50 sites in London last year

ES News Email<p>London's toxic air crisis was laid bare today by new figures showing it breached EU legal limits in nearly 50 pollution blackspots in …

Pollution

NASA Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

For the first time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument, built by NASA's Jet Propulsion …

Climate Change

Air pollution in Irish town 'worse than Beijing', expert warns

Air pollution kills 1,200 people in Ireland each year and dangerous readings in New Ross, County Wexford, in mid-December has led to concerns about …

Pollution

Poor air quality prompts advisories for Prince George and Vanderhoof, B.C.

VICTORIA — Air quality advisories have been issued for Prince George and Vanderhoof, B.C., as a ridge of high pressure keeps air from moving out …

Environment

Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects

(Reuters Health) - - Women who breathe polluted air during the month right before or after they get pregnant may be more likely to have babies with birth defects, a U.S. recent study suggests.<p>Researchers examined data on birth defects for almost 290,000 infants born in Ohio from 2006 to 2010, …

Pregnancy

World-first study finds link between pollution and premature births

A world-first study of over a million pregnancies in China has found a link between a specific type of air pollution and premature births.<p>PM-1 …

Pollution

China, Moving to Cut Emissions, Halts Production of 500 Car Models

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>China is suspending the production of more than 500 car models that do not meet its fuel economy standards, several automakers confirmed Tuesday, the latest move by Beijing to reduce …

China

Poland's 'airpocalypse' rivals New Delhi smog

It is a frigid, finger-numbing tradition and they have been doing it this way for decades.<p>However, band members know it could be the last time they …

New Delhi

Dense fog envelops Delhi, flight operations disrupted for over three hours due to poor visibility

<b>New Delhi:</b> Even as a thick fog enveloped Delhi on Sunday morning and disrupted flight operations for over three hours, the weather office has …

India

Freeway pollution travels farther than we thought. Here's how to protect yourself

If anyone knows where to find refuge from air pollution near Los Angeles freeways, it’s Suzanne Paulson.<p>The UCLA atmospheric chemistry professor has spent years studying how invisible plumes of dirty air from car- and truck-choked roadways spread into surrounding neighborhoods — increasing …

Pollution

Illawarra air quality pretty good 96 per cent of the time: OEH

Air Quality

Car ban in place as northern Italian cities fight smog

A daytime traffic ban in Turin, where safe limits have been surpassed for 15 consecutive days, has been extended to include Euro 5 diesel cars …

Pollution

10 Charts That Tell The Story Of Energy In 2017

From the impacts of climate change and the human costs of air pollution to the benefits of electricity market deregulation, some of the most crucial topics in energy this year can best be illustrated through data presented in easy-to-digest charts. So, we’ve put together ten of our favorites from …

Fracking

China's killer smog rolls in

Each winter Beijing suffers severe air pollution, threatening the mega-city's 21.5 million residents.<p><b>Beijing, China -</b> During the cold and bitter winter season in Beijing - capital of the People's Republic of China - it is common to find people walking the streets with masks covering their …

Beijing

Celebrating Christmas and Protesting a Pipeline in Cancer Alley

<b>ST. JAMES PARISH, LA.—</b> The murmur of voices and stampede of children’s feet is unmistakable even across the street. But walk up the four wooden steps …

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Meet Molekule, the sleekest air purifier on the market

Molekule, a San Francisco-based startup with a sleekly designed molecular air purifier started as an immigrant dream twenty years ago and ended up being named one of Time’s top 25 inventions of 2017.<p>The inventor Yogi Goswami came up with the idea when his baby son Dilip started having a hard time …

Air Purifiers

Beijing's air quality sharply improved

Beijing residents, used to seeing smoggy winter days, have enjoyed what have been called amazing days free of pollution, for 80 percent of the time …

Pollution

Spotlight: India tests anti-smog gun in Delhi to combat air pollution - Xinhua

by Peerzada Arshad Hamid<p>NEW DELHI, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Delhi government is testing the efficacy of an anti-smog gun here on Wednesday, in hopes …