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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, …