Taiwan poised to introduce new regulations on NOx emissions

The Taiwan government will soon implement a new set of regulations aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to 4,000 metric tons a year in areas that currently do not meet air quality standard...

Seattle to open smoke shelters for 'new normal' summer fires

SEATTLE (AP) — Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where...

Blood tests recommended over Notre Dame lead risk

PARIS (AP) — Paris' regional health agency is recommending that children under seven and pregnant women who live near Notre Dame Cathedral take a blood test over concern the fire that ravaged the monu...

Lawsuit claims oil boom imperils national park in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists say U.S. land managers violated environmental laws and their own regulations when issuing dozens of leases to drill in one of the nation's busiest oilfields....

UN: Balkans faces alarming levels of air pollution

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — People in all major cities across the western Balkans face alarming levels of air pollution that are reducing their life expectancies because the underdeveloped, po...

High temperature warning issued for 3 areas in Taiwan

Hot weather will prevail in parts of Taiwan on Monday, with three municipalities experiencing temperatures of over 36 degrees Celsius, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said, issuing a "yellow&quo...

Burning Man waits for US decision on big changes at festival

RENO, Nev. (AP) — With Burning Man three months away, organizers are still waiting for permits and decisions by U.S. land managers that could reshape the counterculture festival in northern Nevada. ...

Smoke from Canadian wildfires drifts into 5 US states

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Smoke from large wildfires in Canada's Alberta province has drifted into five U.S. states and is causing haze and air quality issues. More than two dozen fires a...

Heavy, extremely heavy rain alerts issued

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) Heavy rain and extremely heavy rain alerts have been issued for most parts of Taiwan due to a strong storm cloud system, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Saturday. The h...

Mexico City lifts pollution alert as air quality improves

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's capital has lifted a pollution alert in effect since Wednesday saying the concentration of tiny particles in the air had fallen significantly. The environ...

Mexico City closes schools, restricts traffic due to smoke

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials have cancelled classes for millions of students as smoke from brush fires continues to choke the city of 9 million. A light rain overnight ha...

Texas petrochemical facility with March blaze has flash fire

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — A company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility that burned for days in March says it quickly extinguished a small fire that broke out at the facility during ...

No air quality concerns detected after Texas barge collision

BAYPORT, Texas (AP) — Officials say air monitoring hasn't raised health concerns as cleanup efforts continue following a collision at a busy commercial waterway near Houston involving four vessels tha...

Report: Air quality harmed as Texas oil production booms

DALLAS (AP) — The production of oil and natural gas in West Texas is booming but it's coming at a cost to residents who are regularly exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to a repor...

Historic Hawaii volcano eruption scarred landscape, lives

LEILANI ESTATES, Hawaii (AP) — A year after a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island rained lava and gases in one of its largest and most destructive eruptions in recorded history, people who lost their homes...