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With thick acrid smoke being swept into the Bay Area from the Camp Fire nearly 200 miles to the northeast, residents from Monterey to Napa are getting a taste -literally – of what residents in smog-choked cities like Beijing have been choking on for years now. And while it feels a bit shameful to c...
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More protection: U.N. says Earth’s ozone layer is healing “I don’t think we can do a victory lap until 2060,” one scientist warns. By SETH BORENSTEIN | The Associated Press November 5, 2018 at 11:13 pm WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by a...
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This story originally appeared on Undark and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. At the railway hospital in Patna, India earlier this year, an old woman took a raspy breath and croaked out her name: Annapurna Devi. For five years, her son says, the 70-year-old has been una...
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Efforts to clean famous monument have been slow, mostly ineffective By Shashank Bengali Los Angeles Times AGRA, INDIA» India’s most famous poet, Rabindranath Tagore, once wrote that the Taj Mahal stood on the banks of the river Yamuna “like a teardrop suspended on the cheek of time.” One won...
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Shared from the 2018-05-17 The Denver Post eEdition ENVIRONMENT High-flying whodunit: Who’s cheating on the ozone treaty? Scientists have stumbled on to an atmospheric detective story: Someone in East Asia appears to be cheating on a three-decade-old global environmental treaty that banned ozone-...
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By John Upton SANTA ROSA, Calif. — As the deadliest fires in California history swept through leafy neighborhoods here, Kathleen Sarmento fled her home in the dark, drove to an evacuation center and began setting up a medical triage unit. Patients with burns and other severe injuries were disp...
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Former head of the Environmental Protection Agency's New England regional office is worried that President Donald Trump's proposed budget could put Rhode Island's air and water quality at risk.      Trump is proposing to cut EPA's funding by more than 30 percent. If the b...
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The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed delaying a federal air pollution rule for two years, despite acknowledging that children will be disproportionately harmed by the decision. The regulator plans to suspend standards aimed at preventing leaks from the oil and gas industry while it reco...
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By Anna McGurk With avenues of protest and online discussion strictly controlled, artists in China are finding increasingly creative ways to voice their frustration at their cities' appalling air pollution. It's easy to see why: at the end of 2016, an area of China larger than Spain and Portu...
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In August, London's Mayor, Sadig Khan, dubbed Oxford Street "the most polluted street in the  world" in terms of nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant that is invisible to the eye but contributes to health issues like asthma, lung disease and even death.  World Health Organization, WHO, esti...
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World Health Organization's new report states that 92 % of people live in areas where air pollution exceeds WHO limits with SE Asia, eastern Mediterranean and western Pacific hardest hit. This follows a WHO report in May saying that 98% of residents in large cities of lower and middle income co...
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Power plants nationwide must cut their carbon dioxide pollution by up to 30 percent in less than two decades, under the “clean power plan” released today by the Obama administration. It is the most sweeping CO2 reduction in the power sector ever mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency, and ...
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Even small amounts of air pollution appear to raise the risk of a condition in pregnant women linked to premature births and lifelong neurological and respiratory disorders in their children, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. Fine particles from car exhaust, pow...
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A gas well leak near suburban Porter Ranch was permanently capped Thursday, ending a major calamity that began last October, displaced thousands of residents, and led to a state of emergency by the governor. The well at the Aliso Canyon storage facility of Southern California Gas is now taken out o...
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Catching a snowflake on your tongue just isn’t as fun when mercury-tainted precipitation enters the equation. In central areas of North America, mercury levels in rain appear to be rising, according to a recent study from The Science of the Total Environment, despite the fact that me...
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Local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will play a "central role" in improving air quality and reducing emissions to comply with EU limits, according to a UK government consultation. The Supreme Court ruled in April that the UK government had to submit new plans setting out how it...
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Particulate matter and NO2 air pollution are associated with increased risk of severe heart attacks despite being within European recommended levels, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Jean-Francois Argacha, a cardiologist at University Hospital Brussels (UZ Brussel-Vri...
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Majority of Parks Experience Days Risky for Vulnerable Visitors; Four Parks Regularly Unsafe for Most People WASHINGTON –A new analysis, released today by National Parks Conservation Association, shows that every one of the 48 national parks with the greatest Clean Air Act protections are plagued b...
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The rhetoric is there, but issues of oversight appear to be blocking real progress. By Lotus Yang Ruan March 16, 2015 In early March, a debate over China’s action (or inaction) on the environment gripped both Chinese and international media. While air pollution and other environmental degradation...
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Noble Energy Inc. Agrees to Make System Upgrades and Fund Projects to Reduce Air Pollution in Colorado WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 22, 2015: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice and the State of Colorado today announced a settlement with Houston-based Noble Energy, Inc. resol...
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