Air pollution

In this April 13, 2009, photo, William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the EPA, poses for photos at his office in Seattle. Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon's order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. The EPA confirmed his death in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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November 27, 2019 - 4:01 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the U.S...
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November 27, 2019 - 2:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has realized its 2020 target for reducing carbon emissions ahead of schedule, the ecology and environment ministry reported Wednesday. The ministry said China’s CO2 emissions per unit of GDP had fallen last year by 4% from a year earlier to stand at 45.8% less than in 2005...
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File - In this Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, commuters make their way along an expressway during rush hour in Beijing. According to Chinese state media, the average concentration of PM2.5 fine air pollutants in Beijing in August was at the lowest level ever recorded for that month. Inger Andersen, head of the U.N. Environment Program, says the world needs 'quick wins to reduce emissions as much as possible in 2020.' Ahead of a global climate summit in Madrid next week, her agency published a report Tuesday showing the amount of planet-heating gases released into the atmosphere hitting a new high last year. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)
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November 26, 2019 - 9:52 am
GENEVA (AP) — Countries need to begin making steep cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions immediately or risk missing the targets they’ve agreed for limiting global warming, with potentially dire consequences, senior United Nations officials said Tuesday. A report by the U.N. Environment Program,...
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A water taxis drives by as smoke haze hangs over the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The annual Australian fire season, which peaks during the Southern Hemisphere summer, has started early after an unusually warm and dry winter. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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November 20, 2019 - 10:22 pm
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Hazardous smoke blanketed Sydney on Thursday as wildfires burned across eastern and southern Australia. Thick smog shrouded Australia’s most populous city, leaving its iconic skyline barely visible two days after smoke created serious air quality issues. The New South Wales...
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FILE - In this Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, passengers board a London-bound EasyJet flight at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Netherlands. European budget airline easyJet said Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019, that it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
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November 19, 2019 - 8:01 am
LONDON (AP) — European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight. The company says Tuesday it will offset the carbon “by investing in projects that include planting trees or...
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November 15, 2019 - 9:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California announced new rules Friday for its state vehicle fleet to reduce pollution and reward automakers that are siding with it against the Trump administration. Officials immediately barred state agencies from buying any sedans that only run on internal combustion...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, vehicles crowd Highway 50 in Sacramento, Calif. California is broadening its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It's joined by 23 states and four cities in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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November 15, 2019 - 4:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states, the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S...
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Smoke billows from a plant just outside the French capital, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 in Paris. The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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November 14, 2019 - 3:37 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among...
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November 14, 2019 - 9:24 am
BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler says it plans to slash costs 1.4 billion euros ($1.54 billion) by cutting every tenth managerial position and other austerity measures. CEO Ola Kallenius told reporters in London on Thursday that the EU’s stricter specifications on carbon dioxide emissions and...
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An elderly woman begs as a couple walks wearing pollution mask in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Schools in India's capital have been shut for Thursday and Friday after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray haze of noxious air. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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November 14, 2019 - 5:03 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Schools in India’s capital are shut Thursday and Friday after a thick gray haze of noxious air enveloped the city for the third consecutive day, and angry residents blamed authorities for allowing an annual children’s run. Buildings and monuments were largely obscured by smog and...
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