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Stories with subject: Air quality
  • Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:28 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.

  • Oklahoma attorney general challenges EPA's clean-air plan 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:22 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • NY environmental commissioner Martens resigns 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 4:07 pm

    ALBANY, New York - A day after enacting a promised ban on fracking, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens has announced that he'll step down this month.

  • 2 years after spying flap, US, Brazil seek to turn the page story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing.

  • China announces climate target for Paris deal 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:21 pm

    PARIS - Top carbon polluter China confirmed it will try to cap its rising emissions before 2030 while the U.S. and Brazil pledged to boost renewable energy sources in a series of announcements Tuesday in anticipation of a global climate pact in Paris.

  • O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 2:22 pm

    NEW YORK - July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.

  • Court ruling on air standards may save Westar millions 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 1:49 pm

    WICHITA, Kansas - Westar Energy said a U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on toxic emissions at power plants could save the company millions.

  • After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:59 am

    WASHINGTON - Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:34 am

    BILLINGS, Montana - Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.

  • News Guide: What power plant ruling means for Michigan 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:59 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in favor of Michigan and other Republican-led states that challenged Environmental Protection Agency rules that would reduce mercury and other air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The regulations, announced in 2011, are different from rules proposed last year to cut carbon dioxide emissions. What the decision means:

  • New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending 7-year review 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:04 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments.

  • Chinese premier calls for deal to keep Greece in eurozone 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 4:08 pm

    BRUSSELS - The prime minister of China, the European Union's No. 2 trading partner, called Monday on Greece and its creditors to reach a last-minute deal that will allow Greece to remain in the eurozone.

  • Pence praises Supreme Court ruling on power plant emissions 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 2:19 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Gov. Mike Pence is praising the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of hazardous air pollutants including mercury.

  • Proposed Md. smog regulations get an airing at hearing 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 2:22 am

    BALTIMORE - Environmentalists are raising a stink about Maryland's approach to air pollution.

  • State issues air quality alert for Ada, Canyon county cities 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 1:40 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality alert for Sunday in Ada and Canyon counties.

  • RIPTA ends free buses on bad-air days, adds new program 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 8:50 am

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The state agency that provides bus service across Rhode Island has decided to do away with a nearly 20-year policy of offering free bus rides on days when the air quality is expected to be unhealthy, a decision based on a lack of funding and concerns it wasn't encouraging commuters to ditch their cars.

  • Michigan utilities work to comply with air pollution rule 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 4:04 am

    LANSING, Michigan - The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release a decision this week about new mercury and toxic air emissions standards for power plants, but Michigan's utility companies have already been working toward compliance.

  • Texas environmental agency paid millions for smog research 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 6:02 pm

    HOUSTON - Texas environmental officials are paying consulting firms more than $2.6 million for research that supports the claim that tightening the ozone standard would cost Texans billions and have little to no impact on public health.

  • Health watch for air quality issued for Phoenix 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 12:36 pm

    PHOENIX - Maricopa County is putting restrictions on any open burning activities because of an air quality health watch issued by state environmental regulators.

  • Study looks at ties to Great Salt Lake's dry lakebeds, smog 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 1:21 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah government and university researchers are launching a study to determine what role, if any, the Great Salt Lake plays in the formation of the ground-level smog.

  • Oregon governor says gas tax hike for roads is dead 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 9:23 pm

    SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown called an end Thursday to negotiations aimed at raising gas taxes to pay for highway and bridge construction, saying "there simply isn't a path forward."

  • Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 7:40 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday.

  • New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 6:03 pm

    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

  • House votes to block Obama's climate plan amid veto threat story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change.

  • Landmark Dutch ruling: Cut emissions to protect citizens story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 2:13 pm

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A Dutch court ordered the government Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way for similar legal battles around the world.