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  • Unable to clean air completely for APEC, China resorts to blocking data

    11/11/2014 6:47:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    WP ^ | November 10 | Simon Denyer and Xu Yangjingjing
    Unable to clean air completely for APEC, China resorts to blocking data By Simon Denyer and Xu Yangjingjing November 10 BEIJING – China has made a gargantuan effort to clear Beijing’s smoggy air for an important regional summit this week, closing hundreds of factories and forcing cars off the road, but its efforts have only been partially successful. On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Embassy air quality monitor reported a reading of 157, a measurement classified as “unhealthy”. Red-faced, the Chinese government has come up with an innovative solution – block the data from being displayed on local smart phone apps...
  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    08/30/2014 1:34:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA’s outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure. …
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • Beijing shuts large coal power plant to curb smog

    07/23/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/23/14 | AFP
    Beijing (AFP) - Beijing on Wednesday closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants that are set to be shut down as part of efforts to curb its choking air pollution, media reported. The 50-year-old Gaojing Thermal Power Plant is to be replaced with a gas-fired power station, one of four that is to be built as the Chinese capital aims to boost its reliance on cleaner energy, Xinhua news agency said. The other three major coal-fired power plants in Beijing will be closed by 2016, the state-run agency added. A five-year plan was introduced in the city last...
  • Air pollution in Paris gets so bad car driving is BANNED on alternate days

    03/16/2014 12:26:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:36 EST, 16 March 2014 | Peter Allen
    Drivers in Paris will only be allowed to use their cars every other day from tomorrow because of dangerous pollution levels. The introduction of the drastic measure follows a grey smog settling over the French capital from the middle of last week. François Hollande’s socialist government decided to introduce alternative driving days after air pollution exceeded safe levels for five days running. …
  • Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels

    01/15/2014 8:23:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2014 10:24 PM EST
    Beijing’s skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe. The air took on an acrid odor, and many of the city’s commuters wore industrial strength face masks as they hurried to work. The city’s air quality is often poor, especially in winter when stagnant weather patterns combine with an increase in coal-burning to exacerbate other forms of pollution and create days-long periods of heavy smog. But the readings early Thursday for...
  • China may further limit car purchases to curb smog

    07/12/2013 2:11:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2013 9:23 PM EDT | Louise Watt
    More Chinese cities may restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight air pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities. Beijing, Shanghai and two other cities already curb the purchase of vehicles for private use, through lotteries and auctions of a limited number of license plates. …
  • EPA's Dirty Secret About The Environment on Earth Day

    04/22/2013 4:30:58 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/19/2013 | John Merline
    The Environmental Protection Agency late last month proposed strict new "clean fuel" standards on gasoline. The EPA said the so-called Tier 3 rule would cut emissions of smog-forming pollutants, as well as toxic emissions like benzene. What the EPA didn't say was that levels of these pollutants have been falling steadily for years, and would continue to fall even without the new rule, which the oil industry says will cost tens of billions of dollars. Indeed, a fact that won't get much attention on Earth Day — April 22 — is that pollution has been falling across the board for...
  • Chinese Businessman Sells Canned Air to Smog-Choked Citizens (Beijing)

    01/31/2013 7:27:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    DVICE ^ | Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Adario Strange
    Chinese businessman sells canned air to smog-choked citizens Recently, we told you about the horrendous air pollution problems in Beijing that have forced the Chinese government to advise citizens to stay indoors and has residents wearing facemasks in an attempt to protect their lungs from the smog. In the true spirit of Chinese entrepreneurialism, a Chinese businessman has decided to cash in on the "airpocalypse" by selling his own brand of canned air. Chen Guangbiao, a local entrepreneur known for his publicity stunts, claims he's selling the cans of air in part as a way to bring attention to the...
  • China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire

    01/15/2013 6:48:07 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Adam Taylor
    China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire Adam TaylorJanuary 15, 2013China's smog problem is reaching historically high levels, with air quality in parts of the country now 40 times higher than standards set by the WHO. There's also serious visibility problems — and these can have real ramifications. State news agency Xinhua reported Monday that a fire in a 1,000 square foot factory in China’s Zhejiang province went unnoticed for 3 hours as locals couldn't tell the difference between the smoke and the smog blanketing the area. By the time anyone noticed, the fire...
  • China tells US to stop reporting Beijing's bad air

    06/05/2012 6:38:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    chron.com | AP ^ | 6/5/12 | Alexa Olesen
    BEIJING (AP) — China told foreign embassies Tuesday to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular U.S. Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in smoggy Beijing. Only the Chinese government is authorized to monitor and publish air quality information and data from other sources may not be standardized or rigorous, Wu Xiaoqing, a vice environmental minister, told reporters. China has long taken issue with the U.S. Embassy's postings of hourly readings of Beijing's air quality on a Twitter feed with more than 19,000 followers since 2008. But its past objections...
  • Greens to EPA chief: Don’t quit over White House smog reversal

    09/10/2011 6:09:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/09/11 | Ben Geman
    Greens to EPA chief: Don’t quit over White House smog reversalBy Ben Geman - 09/09/11 08:28 AM ET A group of environmentalists have launched an online petition drive urging Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson not to resign in the wake of the White House scuttling her plans to toughen Bush-era smog standards. The Earth Day Network created the website americaneedslisajackson.com this week. It calls her the “environmental conscience” of the Obama administration. Supporters include Greenpeace USA Executive Director Phil Radford and NASA scientist James Hansen, a longtime advocate of battling climate change. The website cites speculation among “chattering classes”...
  • Latino groups push Obama on ozone standards

    06/09/2011 3:46:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/9/11 | Geoff Mohan
    On the heels of a scathing critique by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Wednesday, President Obama faced pressure from a burgeoning environmental justice coalition demanding stronger action on ozone, a component of smog, in predominantly Latino communities. Fourteen groups sent a letter to Obama expressing dismay at missed opportunities and delays in bringing permissible ozone levels down to between 60 and 70 parts per billion: The EPA estimates that the strongest standard of 60 parts per billion would avoid as many as 12,000 deaths and 58,000 asthma attacks per year. Implementing a weaker standard would mean more lives lost...
  • What are America's Most Polluted Cities?

    05/07/2011 12:22:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | May 7, 2011 | MORGAN BRENNAN
    Remember the fog that lingered over Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics? It wasn't fog. It was dirty air. Yes, China faces a world-class air quality problem. But before you get too smug about its smog, consider this: 154.5 million Americans, just over half the nation's population, live in areas where air pollution levels are often dangerous to breathe. That's according to the American Lung Association's (ALA) just-released report 2011 State of the Air. The cities ranked worst in air quality? California metros like Los Angeles, Visalia, Hanford and Fresno. Bakersfield, Calif., ranked the worst in terms of short-term and...
  • Obama anti-smog legislation will cost 7.3m jobs, warn industry officials

    02/28/2011 9:47:37 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 3:53 PM on 28th February 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Industry officials warn 7.3million American jobs will disappear if U.S. President Barack Obama's administration tightens regulations in a bid to reduce smog. The industry-sponsored researcher who came up with the number cautioned, however, that there was uncertainty surrounding that number. Although economist Don Norman pointed out: 'Even if the numbers are half of that, the number is huge.'
  • Good News! New Smog Regulations Could Cost 7.3 Million Jobs!

    02/28/2011 11:52:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/28/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    With a hat tip to Jammie Wearing Fool, we find the AP reporting on a rather inflammatory potential job loss number coming out of a new study on the effects of proposed Obama administration smog regulations. WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry officials say with confidence that 7.3 million jobs will disappear if the Obama administration goes through with tighter rules to reduce smog. The industry-sponsored researcher who came up with that number isn’t so sure.“There’s uncertainty around that,” economist Don Norman said of the “shockingly high” job loss number he extrapolated using a study sponsored by the oil and natural gas...
  • EPA delays stricter smog, mercury limits

    12/08/2010 2:19:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/8/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying new rules that would impose stricter limits on two key pollutants—smog and mercury—drawing complaints from environmental groups who say the Obama administration appears to be caving in to political pressure from congressional Republicans. "It is hard to avoid the impression that EPA is running scared from the incoming Congress," said Frank O'Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch. Republicans took control of the House and gained in the Senate in the midterm elections, and many GOP lawmakers have vowed to target the EPA for what they call a series...
  • 'Widespread fraud' in California's smog test program

    02/25/2010 9:59:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 920+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/25/10 | Margot Roosevelt
    Nearly a third of older-model cars stopped for roadside smog tests in Southern California failed them, despite having received a passing grade at inspection stations within a year, a state audit has found. The results of those surprise inspections of 6,000 models manufactured before 1996 have led law enforcement officials to crack down on unscrupulous stations, step up fines and file more criminal charges. Legislation introduced in the California Assembly this week would allow the state to bar low-performing test stations from conducting smog checks. "We found widespread fraud in the program," said Leo Kay, spokesman for the California Air...
  • Asia Causes Smog in Los Angeles

    01/21/2010 10:35:21 AM PST · by jazminerose · 5 replies · 176+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 1/21/10 | Joy Tiz
    But we all have to drive hybrids. GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Ozone blowing over from Asia is raising background levels of a major ingredient of smog in the skies over California, Oregon, Washington and other Western states, according to a new study appearing in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature. The amounts are small and, so far, only found in a region of the atmosphere known as the free troposphere, at an altitude of two to five miles, but the development could complicate U.S. efforts to control air pollution.
  • EPA proposes nation's strictest smog levels ever

    01/10/2010 5:24:41 PM PST · by EBH · 12 replies · 514+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | January 7, 2010 | By Tribune Washington Bureau and Seattle Times staff
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed the nation's strictest-ever smog limits, a move that could put King and Pierce counties — and possibly others in Washington — in violation of federal air-quality regulations along with large parts of the country. The EPA proposed reducing the allowable ground-level ozone concentration, measured over an eight-hour period, from 75 parts per billion to between 60 and 70. Ozone standards have been the center of a political and legal battle since spring 2008, when the EPA set a looser limit than what its scientific advisers had suggested and President George W. Bush personally...
  • EPA: New Air Pollution Standards Will Require Action From Hundreds More Jurisdictions

    01/09/2010 7:02:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 5 replies · 447+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1/8/2009 | Noaki Schwartz
    Los Angeles (AP) - Parts of the country that haven't worried about air pollution may soon be in the fight California has faced for decades: cleaning up smog. Stricter rules proposed Thursday by the Obama administration could more than double the number of counties across the country that are in violation of clean air standards. That would likely have a big impact on other parts of the nation since California already sets stringent standards for cars, ships and trucks. "This kind of levels the playing field," said Leo Kay, spokesman for the California Air Resources Control Board. "In California we've...
  • New EPA Smog Regulations Really STINKS For Economy

    01/08/2010 9:20:50 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 463+ views
    Yesterday the EPA proposed the nation's strictest smog limits ever, a move that could put large parts of the county in violation of federal air-quality regulations. Utility companies, refineries and factories may have to spend up to $90 billion to meet the new smog standards depressing the countries an already weak economy. More than 300 counties -- mainly in southern California, the Northeast and Gulf Coast -- already violate the current, looser requirements adopted two years ago by the Bush administration. For the first time, counties in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, the Dakotas, Kansas, Minnesota and Iowa might be forced to...
  • EPA proposes nation's strictest smog limits ever

    01/07/2010 4:24:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 460+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/7/10 | Jim Tankersley
    Reporting from Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation's strictest-ever smog limits this morning, a move that could put large parts of the country in violation of federal air quality regulations. The EPA proposed allowing a ground-level ozone concentration of between 60 and 70 parts per billion, down from the 75-ppb standard adopted under President George W. Bush in 2008. That means cracking down even further on the emissions from power plants, factories, landfills and motor vehicles which bake in sunlight and form smog. Obama administration officials and environmental groups say the new standards align with the levels...
  • How 16 ships create as much pollution as all the cars in the world

    11/21/2009 11:36:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 39 replies · 1,890+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st November 2009 | Fred Pearce
    Last week it was revealed that 54 oil tankers are anchored off the coast of Britain, refusing to unload their fuel until prices have risen. But that is not the only scandal in the shipping world. Today award-winning science writer Fred Pearce – environmental consultant to New Scientist and author of Confessions Of An Eco Sinner – reveals that the super-ships that keep the West in everything from Christmas gifts to computers pump out killer chemicals linked to thousands of deaths because of the filthy fuel they use. We've all noticed it. The filthy black smoke kicked out by funnels...
  • EPA scraps Bush-era smog rule and will start over

    09/16/2009 1:04:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 9/16/09 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration signaled Wednesday that it would scrap a controversial Bush-era rule that set stricter limits for smog but fell short of scientific recommendations. In a notice filed Wednesday in a federal appeals court, the Justice Department says there are concerns that the revision made by the Bush administration does not adhere to federal air pollution law. The Environmental Protection Agency will propose revised smog standards to protect health and the environment in late December. "This is one of the most important protection measures we can take to safeguard our health and our environment," said EPA...
  • Stop Proposed New Calif. Smog Test Law

    03/17/2009 10:06:31 AM PDT · by dhm914 · 9 replies · 894+ views
    SEMA website ^ | 03-17-09 | dave
    Here it is, AB 859 now in transportation committe in california. this would require yearly smog testing of cars 15 years and older with 1975 cut off. See below link listing teh proposed law, and the list of committee members with contact info: http://www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62541 Slowly but surely they have been increasing smog laws, registration fees and now this, yearly smog testing, which can coat nearly $100 for advanced enhanced area dyno tests. This will effect many classic cars, cars that may not be driven much at all (my 1980 Triumph will now require yearly smog testing, it is only used...
  • Vermont adopts new smog label for cars

    01/06/2009 8:48:12 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 10 replies · 452+ views
    NECN.com Real News Right Now ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 | Anya Huneke
    If you're in the market for a new car, you may have a new tool at your disposal to help you decide-- depending on where you live. Vermont is the first New England state - and will be one of at least 13 states across the country - to adopt a new regulation-- requiring new cars to be sold with an environmental performance label. At 'Courtesy Toyota' in Berlin, Vermont, owner Dave Birmingham is ready for a change. In part, because he has to be. Dave Birmingham\Courtesy Toyota "I think most dealers probably know it's inevitable." What's inevitable is that...
  • Asian soot, smog may boost global warming in US (report written by scientists with NASA and NOAA)

    09/04/2008 3:36:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 226+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Smog, soot and other particles like the kind often seen hanging over Beijing add to global warming and may raise summer temperatures in the American heartland by three degrees in about 50 years, says a new federal science report released Thursday.
  • China: Beijing smog makes for a painful jog

    08/07/2008 8:27:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 1,363+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/08/08 | Will Pavia
    Beijing smog makes for a painful jog Will Pavia in Beijing All day yesterday Beijing was obscured by thick grey air, a phenomenon known in the Chinese state media as “overcast and hazy skies”, and described by the rest of the world as smog. Beijingers claim that the smog has thinned slightly in recent weeks, thanks to the factory closures and the one million cars removed from the roads, but still, for the newly arrived visitor, the vast windows of Beijing’s new airport terminal present an astonishing vista of nothingness. “We were gobsmacked when we landed,” an American athlete said....
  • U.S. cyclists 'regret' wearing masks at airport

    08/06/2008 6:20:31 AM PDT · by Westlander · 29 replies · 138+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8-6-2008 | MSNBC
    BEIJING - A group of American cyclists has apologized to Beijing Olympic organizers after arriving in China’s capital wearing face masks.
  • U.S. cyclists arrive to Beijing in face masks(black mask?)

    08/05/2008 5:54:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 207+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/05/08 | Yves Herman
    A U.S. cyclist arrives wearing a mask at Beijing airport to participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, August 5, 2008. (Yves Herman/Reuters)
  • Anti-smog pellets fired into sky over Beijing clear the air...athletes injecting 'super DNA'?

    08/05/2008 4:21:20 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 27 replies · 119+ views
    Daily Mail.uk ^ | 05th August 2008 | staff writer
    Anti-smog pellets fired into the sky over Beijing clear the air ... as scientists warn athletes may be injecting 'super DNA' Beijing was finally experiencing clear skies today after city authorities apparently used seeding technology to disperse the smog. The report came as a strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the western Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Gansu today, near the site of May's devastating quake that killed at least 70,000 people, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the 6.0-magnitude quake, whose epicentre was 1,253 km (778 miles) southwest of Beijing....
  • China: Aussies 'can pull out' over Beijing smog

    07/27/2008 10:50:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 215+ views
    Aussies 'can pull out' over Beijing smog 28th July 2008, 12:56 WST Australian athletes will not be pressured into competing at the Beijing Olympic Games if the air pollution poses a threat to their health and safety. Australian Olympic Committee vice president Peter Montgomery said athletes had the freedom to pull out of events if Beijing's $17 billion push to improve the air quality fails. Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie, an asthmatic, has pulled out of the long distance event in Beijing due to concerns the smog would cause lasting damage to his lungs.
  • Rogge: Beijing smog may affect athletes (may hurt performances but not health of athletes)

    04/05/2008 10:54:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 70+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/08 | Gillian Wong - ap
    SINGAPORE - Beijing's heavy pollution may hurt the performances of athletes in this summer's Olympic Games, although it will not endanger their health, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said Saturday. The IOC in recent months has acknowledged the possibility that athletes' performances may be affected by China's pollution. But Chinese leaders have made repeated assurances that Beijing's notorious smog will be solved before the Olympic Games begin. "The health of the athletes is absolutely not in any danger," Rogge said Saturday. "It might be that some will have to have a slightly reduced performance, but nothing will harm the...
  • Industry trying to block smog cleanup

    03/05/2008 4:53:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 163+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/5/08 | H. Josef Hebert - ap
    WASHINGTON - Big industries are waging an intense lobbying effort to block new, tougher limits on air pollution that is blamed for hundreds of heart attacks, deaths and cases of asthma, bronchitis and other breathing problems. The Environmental Protection Agency is to decide within weeks whether to reduce the allowable amount of ozone — commonly referred to as smog — in the air. A tougher standard would require hundreds of counties across the country to find new ways to reduce smog-causing emissions of nitrogen oxides and chemical compounds from tailpipes and smokestacks. Groups representing manufacturers, automakers, electric utilities, grocers and...
  • Beijing air pollution 'as bad as it can get,' official says

    12/28/2007 9:41:36 AM PST · by ECM · 22 replies · 262+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Dec 27 05:22 AM US/Eastern | AFP
    Beijingers were warned to stay indoors on Thursday as pollution levels across the capital hit the top of the scale, despite repeated assurances by the government that air quality was improving. "This is as bad as it can get," a spokeswoman for the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau told AFP. "Level five is the worst level of air pollution. This is as bad as it has been all year." According to the bureau's website, 15 out of the 16 pollution monitoring stations in urban Beijing registered a "five" for air quality rating. The main pollutant was suspended particulate matter, which is...
  • Cheney accused of blocking Californian bid to cut car fumes

    12/25/2007 9:20:02 AM PST · by Starman417 · 24 replies · 878+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | 12-24-07 | Dan Glaister
    The US vice-president, Dick Cheney, was behind a controversial decision to block California's attempt to impose tough emission limits on car manufacturers, according to insiders at the government Environmental Protection Agency. Staff at the agency, which announced last week that California's proposed limits were redundant, said the agency's chief went against their expert advice after car executives met Cheney, and a Chrysler executive delivered a letter to the EPA saying why the state should not be allowed to regulate greenhouse gases. EPA staff members told the Los Angeles Times that the agency's head, the Bush appointee Stephen Johnson, ignored their...
  • Beijing Smog Endangers Olympic Countdown

    08/07/2007 6:06:07 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 322+ views
    The Telegraph (UK ^ | 8-8-2007 | Richard Spencer
    Beijing smog endangers Olympic countdown By Richard Spencer in Beijing Last Updated: 1:56am BST 08/08/2007 Athletes competing at next year's Olympic Games in Beijing were told yesterday to avoid the city until the last moment because of its notorious smog, and once there to eat only in the Olympic village. The IOC's John Coates said that Beijing's pollution was a 'prevailing worry' The warning, from the head of Australia's Olympic Committee, is an unwelcome shock to the organisers of the Games, which begin a year today. John Coates, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, said that...
  • Protests, Smog Cloud Olympics a Year Out [China]

    08/07/2007 3:09:12 PM PDT · by Huntress · 3 replies · 275+ views
    AP/Breitbart.com ^ | 8/7/07 | Stephen Wade
    BEIJING (AP) - The Olympic Games are a year away, but protests have already begun from groups who want the event to change China. Also clouding the picture Tuesday was a thick blanket of smog that has hovered over the city for weeks—not the blue skies hoped for by the organizers of the Beijing Games. Officials including International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge will mark the start of the one-year countdown with a lavish ceremony Wednesday in Tiananmen Square. But on Tuesday, Chinese authorities detained six activists descending part of the Great Wall with a 450-square-foot banner reading, "One World,...
  • China: The Worst Smog in Beijing to Date (fireworks, fog, and dust storm?)

    02/21/2007 6:45:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 499+ views
    SBS TV ^ | 02/21/07
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  • CA: Smog study pioneer Sheldon K. Friedlander dies in Los Angeles

    02/17/2007 9:42:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 284+ views
    Sheldon K. Friedlander, whose work in identifying the sources of particles in Southern California smog led to new ways of studying and regulating air pollution, has died. Friedlander died Feb. 9 at his home in Pacific Palisades of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his family said. He was 79. While a professor at the California Institute of Technology in the 1970s, he was among the founders of aerosol science - the study of gases and particles in the air. Friedlander discovered a way to analyze the chemical makeup of smog particles and trace what was creating air pollution at any given...
  • EPA wants to tighten smog standards

    01/30/2007 4:03:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 249+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/07 | John Heilprin - AP
    WASHINGTON - Federal scientists want to tighten smog standards, a step that would allow tens of millions of Americans to breathe easier. The plan also would run head-on into President Bush's hopes of weaning Americans from gasoline by using more smog-producing ethanol. Environmental Protection Agency scientists on Wednesday will say that tougher standards "would provide greater health protection for sensitive groups, including asthmatic children and other people with lung disease, healthy children and older adults — especially those active outdoors, and outdoor workers." Nearly 160 million people now breathe illegal levels of ozone pollution — smog — mostly in and...
  • Toxic Haze From China Blankets Korea

    01/18/2007 4:00:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 713+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 01/18/07
    Toxic Haze From China Blankets Korea A toxic haze enveloped the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday after industrial pollutants from China accumulated in the sky over the West Sea due to high temperatures and weak winds. The Seoul metropolitan area was blanketed in smog in daytime, showing an increase in fine dust density of four to six times over last weekend. According to the Environment Ministry, the pollutants began blowing in from China on Monday to pervade the sky over the entire peninsula. Fine dust density in Songpa-gu, Seoul soared from 42 microgram per cubic meter on Jan. 13 to...
  • Phase 3 Green Smog Attack Hits Inland Empire

    01/01/2007 11:32:27 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 12 replies · 800+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | January 1, 2007 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Stage 3 Green Smog Attack Hits Inland Empire "Fuel is saved and people are made ill." - Alice M. Ottobani, former toxicologist, State of California Biologist Sam Huang's "Killer Coal" letter (Dec. 30) is highly misleading (see here: http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/localviews/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_D_op_1231_huang_iv_loc.255ce50.html It wasn't sulphur dioxide, a byproduct of coal, per se that killed thousands of Londoners in 1952. It was the confining of smoke from old coal stoves in unventilated homes during a cold snap that caused deaths, mostly in vulnerable elderly people and frail infants who were housebound. Research indicates it wasn't the pollutants - sulphur dioxide and soot - but...
  • Appeals court tosses out Bush smog rules

    12/22/2006 5:57:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 798+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/22/06 | John Heilprin - AP
    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday struck down the Bush administration's strategy for reducing smog, which impacts the health of more than half the nation's population, mostly those prone to asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The Environmental Protection Agency rules for forcing state cleanups of smog don't meet Clean Air Act requirements, a three-judge panel rule in a suit brought by a Southern California clean-air agency, environmental groups and some mid-Atlantic and Eastern states downwind of others states' smog. Circuit Judge Judith Rogers, writing for the panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia,...
  • CA: SoCal plan would seek 50 percent drop in smog to meet rules (by 2020)

    10/10/2006 5:05:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 276+ views
    DIAMOND BAR Southern California would have to cut smog emissions in half by 2020 to meet federal clean air standards, according to a proposed plan released Tuesday. Regulators with the South Coast Air Quality Management District unveiled the draft blueprint for cleaning up what it called the worst overall air quality in the nation. It called for tightening pollution standards on everything from cars to lawn mowers, providing incentives for businesses to replace aging diesel equipment, and reducing pollution from ships at the sprawling Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex. "We need a no-holds-barred campaign to meet the formidable challenge of...
  • Southern California branded US smog capital

    09/30/2006 9:28:56 AM PDT · by stm · 13 replies · 338+ views
    Breibart ^ | Sep 29, 2006
    Southern California has once more earned the dubious honour of having the smoggiest air in the United States, new research showed. Figures released by California's Air Quality Management District late Thursday said the region, which includes Los Angeles and San Diego, had the worst smog levels ahead of the San Joaquin Valley, in Northern California, and Houston, Texas. According to the figures, Southern California had 86 days of unhealthy air during the smog season, which runs from May 1 and ends on October 1. It is the third year in a row the region has topped the smog rankings, the...
  • Hundreds Treated Over Tehran Smog

    12/10/2005 3:55:04 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 411+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-10-2005 | Francis Harrison
    Hundreds treated over Tehran smog Traffic restrictions are being enforced in an attempt to reduce pollution More than 1,600 people have been taken to hospitals in Tehran as pollution in the Iranian capital reaches critical levels, health officials have said. Hospitals have reported increased cases of heart attacks and breathing problems, while many residents are complaining of fatigue and headaches. Public offices and schools have been closed in an attempt to reduce traffic, and clear the city's blanket of smog. Authorities have warned of thousands of casualties if pollution levels persist. There is no wind or rain and the dirty...
  • Tehran schools closed due to smog

    12/06/2005 12:12:53 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 28 replies · 609+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 6 December 2005
    All schools and nurseries in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have been closed for two days because air pollution has reached dangerous levels. Two million school children have been given an unexpected day off. The authorities have advised children, the elderly and people suffering from heart and lung disease to stay indoors. There are three million cars in Tehran, of which two-thirds are more than 20-years-old and lack modern exhaust filters. Petrol is heavily subsidised. It is estimated that up to 5,000 people die every year from air pollution in the city. Tehran has been suffering from severe smog since the...
  • LA is once again the nation's smog capital

    11/14/2005 9:14:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 491+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/14/05 | ap - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - We're No. 1. The greater Los Angeles region shoved aside Houston and the San Joaquin Valley as the national smog capital in 2005, despite having cleaner air this year than last, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Air quality in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties exceeded the EPA's smog standard on 84 days this year. The EPA considers the totals to be final numbers for 2005 because the smog season runs from May through September. "It's a tough job cleaning up the ozone at this point because there are not a lot...