Macedonia extends school break because of air pollution

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has ordered the winter break for students to be extended to Jan. 23 because of extremely high levels of toxic particles in the air in many cities throug...

EPA asked to investigate improper inspection allegations

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate allegations it isn't properly inspecting facilities that emit the cancer-causing gas ethylen...

Banksy mural on garage in Wales sold but will stay in place

LONDON (AP) — A British art dealer says he has bought a mural stenciled by street artist Banksy on a garage wall in Wales for more than 100,000 pounds ($129,000). The artwork in Port...

Volkswagen says it will pay Indian fine even as it appeals

NEW DELHI (AP) — Volkswagen Group says that it will pay a fine of 1 billion rupees ($14.2 million) imposed by India for installing software that allegedly cheated pollution testing devices, though it ...

ZEV launches Taiwan’s first Tesla taxi service

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese startup Zero-Emission Venture (ZEV) will formally launch Taiwan’s first fully-electric taxi service tomorrow (Jan. 16). ZEV currently has 20 Tesla S and...

India's mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards e...

South Korea: Record high smog pollution from China raises health concerns

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – South Korea has been suffering serious smog levels in recent days, and as usual, the culprit is China’s heavy industry across the Yellow Sea. Seoul has reported f...

16 stations flash red air pollution alerts in western Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today said that due to poor diffusion conditions as the northeast monsoon weakens, there has been a continuous accumulation o...

Former Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang said to lead cabinet amid reshuffle rumors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - As rumors of cabinet reshuffle continue to swirl, Taiwanese media reported it will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the soonest, with the former Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) ...

Kaohsiung ranks as having worst PM2.5 levels in Taiwan in 2018

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Kaohsiung City was ranked as having the worst levels of PM2.5 air pollution out of all cities and counties in Taiwan last year, even though the city experienced a 24 decrease i...

Colorectal cancer tops most common cancer list in Taiwan for 2016

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Colorectal cancer topped the list of the most common cancers and a new cancer was diagnosed every 298 seconds in Taiwan in 2016, according to a report released by the Heal...

Indian firefighters battle air pollution in New Delhi

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have ordered firefighters in the capital to sprinkle water from high-rise buildings to settle dust and stop garbage fires and have banned construction activity amid...

Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen gives out 10,000 bottles of air from Taichung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As part of celebrations to mark her inauguration and to demonstrate her determination to fight the city's notorious air pollution, Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) of the ...

Residents of Russian city protest 'black sky' air pollution

CHELYABINSK, Russia (AP) — Residents of a city in Russia's Ural Mountains are expressing worry over industrial pollution after heavy smog enveloped Chelyabinsk this month and remained for two weeks. ...

Bouts of heavy air pollution hit Taiwan again

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has been struck by waves of heavy air pollution again, which are set to continue in some areas over the next few days. The Environmental Protection Administratio...