The polar vortex is coming—and raising the odds for intense winter weather

In the stratosphere over Siberia, temperatures recently jumped nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, shoving the polar vortex off its North Pole perch.
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Victorian coal-fired power review conclusion prompts calls for emissions limits in Latrobe Valley

Environmentalists are hoping the review of Victoria's coal plants' operating conditions leads to pollution limits, but the industry says it could force them to close too soon.

‘Check Before You Burn’ begins, California air officials say

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is urging residents to Check Before You Burn as pollution control districts across the state kick off the annual declaration season Sunday.

Indian capital launches campaign to curb toxic air pollution

Authorities in New Delhi launched an anti-pollution campaign on Monday in an attempt to curb air pollution levels ahead of winter, when the capital is regularly covered in toxic haze, and warned that filthy air could make the coronavirus pandemic more dangerous.

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The luxury air business is booming - as many Californians struggle to breathe

Carl Gambino, a luxury real estate agent with Compass in Los Angeles, said that his clients had started bringing up clean air as a must-have amenity in the last year. "Suddenly it's a topic of conversation," Gambino said.


Oil and gas companies must monitor fracking emissions as Colorado adopts first-in-the-nation rules to reduce air pollution

Oil and gas companies will have to control and monitor emissions from fracking and meet tighter emission-performance standards on the electric motors used at drill sites, under some first-in-the-nation rules passed Wednesday night by Colorado air quality regulators.

Some cities see air pollution surge after Covid lockdowns

As countries have emerged from strict Covid-19 lockdowns over the past months, air pollution has seen a significant surge, according to a new report released today.

How London's air pollution is impacting people with asthma and lung conditions

A 2019 study by King's College London and Imperial College London found around 1,000 London hospital admissions for asthma and serious lung conditions every year were caused by poor air quality in the capital.

Choking on smoke: U.S. cities open clean air shelters for homeless

Seattle's smoke shelters are among several emergency responses implemented in the last two weeks as wildfires rage across the western United States, burning about 5 million acres (2 million hectares) and spewing toxic plumes of ash and smoke.

'Like smoking multiple packs a day': Hazardous air quality worries West Coast parents

As fire season burns hotter and longer, which increasingly results in hazardous air blanketing the West Coast, what's the risk for young children?

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics can't delay smokestack upgrades, says NH DES

"We are tired of continually being polluted with toxic PFAS chemicals. This is our town and we demand clean water. Enough is enough."

In India, can New Delhi’s smog towers reduce pollution?

The Supreme Court has ordered India's capital, one of the most polluted cities in the world, to install smog towers – with no evidence that they work.

NC Attorney General brings in national law firm for PFAS investigation

North Carolina's attorney general has partnered with a national law firm with extensive experience in PFAS litigation, signaling a potentially significant expansion of the state's legal efforts against companies that put these "forever chemicals" into the air and water in North Carolina.

Trump's environmental rollback will silence citizens' voices, critics in NW charge

Northwest conservation and anti-pollution organizations say the Trump administration’s changes to a bedrock environmental law from the Nixon era will have major impacts in the region.

Plastic rain poses uncertain risks, studies show, and airborne plastic bits can even carry coronavirus

Could viruses like the new one wreaking havoc worldwide be hitching rides on microscopic airborne plastics, then winding up in our lungs?

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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