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California Wildfires Left Toxic Threats Behind

PARADISE, Calif. — As an uncontrollable wildfire turned the California town of Paradise to ash, air pollution researcher Keith Bein knew he had to act fast: Little is known about toxic chemicals released when a whole town burns and the …

Effects of Global Warming Making US Sick

Man-made global warming is making America sicker, and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new federal government report. The 332-page report issued Monday by the Obama administration said global warming will make the air dirtier, water more …

Study Finds Air Pollution Kills 3.3M Globally, Likely to Double by 2050

Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to a new study that includes this surprise: Farming plays a large role in smog and soot deaths in industrial nations. Scientists in Germany, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia and Harvard …

China Inspectors Assigned After Severe Smog

China’s environment ministry said Sunday that it had sent inspectors to Beijing and other areas of the country to inspect polluting industries and check construction sites amid a spell of severe air pollution. Twelve teams will inspect factories, including those …

China’s Love Affair With Cars Chokes Air in Cities

Endless lines of slow-moving cars emerge like apparitions and then disappear again into the gloom of the thick smog that has shrouded Beijing this week and reduced its skyline to blurry gray shapes. With more than 13 million cars sold …

Severe Beijing Smog Prompts Unusual Transparency

One of Beijing’s worst rounds of air pollution kept schoolchildren indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals Monday, but this time something was different about the murky haze: the government’s transparency in talking about it. While welcomed by residents and …

Shell to Pay $500,000 for Pollution in Texas

Shell Chemical LP has agreed to pay $500,000 to a Texas County over five different air pollution events at its Deer Park refinery. The settlement was reached after Harris County accused Shell Chemical, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, …