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Stories with subject: Air quality
  • China readies national carbon market to fight climate change 
    Updated: May-24-15 1:41 am

    BEIJING - At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market.

  • Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs 
    Updated: May-22-15 6:46 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work.

  • California backs gas plant to fill void from closed nuke 
    Updated: May-21-15 7:04 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Utility regulators Thursday opened the way for development of a natural gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego, perhaps one of the last of its kind in California as the state pushes toward a green energy future.

  • Vermont joins international effort to fight climate change 
    Updated: May-21-15 3:25 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont has signed on to what he called a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces to combat climate change.

  • NY state to rule soon on crude oil facility at Albany port 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:02 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York state regulators are expected to decide soon on a permit for a facility at the Port of Albany that critics say would make the port a hub for heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil as well as the millions of gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude it's now handling.

  • Stricter ozone standards approved in southwest Wyoming 
    Updated: May-20-15 11:57 am

    PINEDALE, Wyoming - A state regulatory panel has approved new regulations aimed at limiting emissions from existing natural gas facilities in southwest Wyoming, ending years of debate over how to address pollution from the operations in the Pinedale area.

  • Worldwide regional leaders sign non-binding climate pact 
    Updated: May-19-15 4:14 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - California Gov. Jerry Brown and leaders from 11 other states and provinces are signing a pact on climate change that vows to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Hickenlooper rejects GOP call to ignore EPA coal rules 
    Updated: May-19-15 3:35 pm

    DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper rejected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for states to defy new federal pollution controls on coal-burning power plants, saying Colorado has a long history of protecting its environment - despite its heavy reliance on coal.

  • Duke plans to build natural gas-fired plant in Asheville 
    Updated: May-19-15 12:51 pm

    ASHEVILLE, North Carolina - Duke Energy said Tuesday it will build a $750 million natural gas plant to replace its troubled coal-fired Asheville plant as the company turns to cleaner energy to generate electricity.

  • Duke plans to build natural gas-fired plant in Asheville 
    Updated: May-19-15 12:50 pm

    ASHEVILLE, North Carolina - Duke Energy says it will build a $750 million natural gas plant to replace its troubled coal-fired Asheville plant as the company turns to cleaner energy to generate electricity.

  • In 100 speeches, senator pushes for action on climate change 
    Updated: May-18-15 7:05 pm

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has now preached the dangers of climate change from the Senate floor 100 times.

  • Indiana officials push back against reducing ozone levels 
    Updated: May-18-15 5:09 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana environmental officials and Republican Gov. Mike Pence are pushing back against new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that would reduce the amount of ozone levels allowed in the atmosphere.

  • Paper mill, US at odds over how to resolve pollution case 
    Updated: May-18-15 4:08 pm

    BALTIMORE - The Justice Department and the former owner of a western Maryland paper mill are fighting over how to resolve an air-pollution case.

  • Researchers making big strides with Cheyenne supercomputer 
    Updated: May-16-15 10:17 am

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - To see it in operation, "glamorous" probably isn't the right word to describe the Yellowstone supercomputer, with its dozens of rows of Spartan servers humming away day and night.

  • Canada plans to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030 
    Updated: May-15-15 9:17 pm

    TORONTO - Canada announced Friday it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change.

  • Rulings require feds to consider carbon impact of coal mines story has photos
    Updated: May-15-15 7:12 pm

    DENVER - Beset by power plant closures, growing regulatory scrutiny and proposed changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle - a review of how coal extracted and burned will impact the air and global warming.

  • Kansas Senate approves process for emissions control plan 
    Updated: May-13-15 6:03 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - A bill approved by the Kansas Senate would require legislators to sign off on the state's plan for complying with a federal rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

  • Boulder looks at business energy efficiency 
    Updated: May-13-15 3:42 pm

    BOULDER, Colorado - Boulder's commercial and industrial sector produces 41 percent of the city's greenhouse gas emissions, and city officials hope that requiring businesses to rate and report their own energy performance and make certain upgrades can put a dent in those emissions.

  • Northern Arapaho Tribe: Wyoming already lost boundary claim 
    Updated: May-12-15 5:27 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The Northern Arapaho Tribe says the state of Wyoming can't argue against a federal agency's recent conclusion that Riverton and surrounding lands remain legally part of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

  • Ore. judge rules against teens in climate change lawsuit 
    Updated: May-12-15 3:10 pm

    EUGENE, Oregon - Two Oregon teenagers who sought to force state lawmakers to work harder on a plan to reduce carbon emissions and help stave off climate change have struck out a second time with a state judge.

  • State seeks comment on Otter Creek air permit 
    Updated: May-11-15 6:43 pm

    HELENA, Montana - Montana regulators are asking the public to comment on a proposal to grant an air-quality permit for the proposed Otter Creek coal mine near Ashland.

  • Democrats roll out revised plan to cap carbon emissions 
    Updated: May-11-15 6:18 pm

    SEATTLE - Washington state Democrats are re-crafting Gov. Jay Inslee's ambitious plan to make industrial polluters pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, hoping their version could win over some businesses and others wary of its impacts.

  • US settles with New York coke plant for $12M over pollution 
    Updated: May-11-15 2:46 pm

    BUFFALO, New York - A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals, authorities said Monday.

  • AP top news in Iowa at 3:58 p.m. CDT 
    Updated: May-10-15 6:02 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Forecasters say severe storms are possible across most of Iowa and eastern Nebraska on Sunday.

  • Iowa officials try to improve air quality inside jail 
    Updated: May-10-15 5:25 pm

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Recent test results are renewing concerns about air quality inside a northwest Iowa jail that was built on the site of a former gas station.