Air quality

Young people protest for climate action with a sign reading 'Save the World Now" during a 'Friday for Future' demonstration in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 22, 2019. (Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 1:13 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday pushed back a decision on the bloc's long-term efforts to fight climate change, with some countries opposing a pledge to end most emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Leaders meeting in Brussels agreed to discuss the issue again at their next...
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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo talks about the air quality in east Harris County during a press conference at TranStar Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Houston. National Guard troops have been called in and residents were told to stay inside after elevated levels of benzene were detected early Thursday near a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility that caught fire this week. ( Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
March 21, 2019 - 12:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities on Thursday warned people to stay indoors after high levels of benzene were detected in the air near a scorched petrochemicals storage facility outside of Houston. Firefighters on Wednesday extinguished the blaze at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park,...
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FILE- In this March 5, 2013, file photo, Trinidad Drilling rigs are seen off of Way Highway 59 outside of Douglas, Wyo. A judge has blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles in Wyoming and says the government must consider cumulative climate change impacts of leasing public lands across the U.S. for energy development. The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the past decade faulting the government's consideration of emissions when issuing energy leases. (Leah Millis/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)
March 20, 2019 - 2:16 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and says the government must consider the cumulative climate change impact of leasing broad swaths of U.S. public lands for oil and gas exploration. The order marks the...
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Firefighters battle a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company Monday, March 18, 2019, in Deer Park, Texas. The large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said Monday, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within normal guidelines. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
March 19, 2019 - 8:27 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Officials said Tuesday that they're not sure when a fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility will burn itself out, but they are confident that the air quality is safe, despite the huge plume of smoke coming from the blaze. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a news...
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Youngsters stand on the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace as they take part in a student climate protest in London, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
March 15, 2019 - 10:47 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local): 4 a.m. Police say 16 people have been arrested for blocking traffic during a climate protest in front of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The protesters face charges of disorderly conduct stemming...
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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, founder of the Climate Reality Project, speaks with youth climate activists durung a panel discussion on global climate, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
March 15, 2019 - 6:52 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore believes the U.S. is nearing a political tipping point, with the 2020 Democratic presidential field offering voters the chance to replace President Donald Trump with someone "committed heart and soul" to combating climate change. Gore, who emerged as a...
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Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong, Friday, March 15, 2019. Students in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide plan to skip class Friday in protest over their governments' failure to act against global warming. The coordinated 'school strike' was inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
March 15, 2019 - 9:45 am
BERLIN (AP) — From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, students mobilized by word of mouth and social media skipped class Friday to protest what they believe are their governments' failure to take tough action against global warming. The coordinated 'school strikes,' were inspired...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding American investors during an emissions scandal. The SEC said that between April 2014 and May 2015 Volkswagen issued more than $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities in U.S. markets when senior executives knew that more than 500,000 vehicles in the country grossly exceeded legal vehicle emissions limits. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
March 15, 2019 - 7:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators charged Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding investors during its massive diesel emissions scandal. The charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission come two years after the German automaker settled with the U.S. over criminal and...
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France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Macron is visiting Kenya Wednesday, after stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti on Tuesday, as part of his latest Africa visit aimed at shoring up military and economic ties in an increasingly strategic region. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
March 14, 2019 - 9:00 am
PARIS (AP) — Four activist groups have launched legal action to try to take the French state to court for not doing enough to fight climate change. Greenpeace, Oxfam and two French environmental groups hope for an eventual court ruling requiring France to further lower carbon emissions, citing a...
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FILE- In this Oc. 21, 2018, file photo the company logo shines off the front of a vehicle at a Fiat dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling vehicles in the U.S. because they don't meet the country's emission standards. The Environmental Protection Agency says that the recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations it performed and in-use testing conducted by Fiat Chrysler as required by EPA regulations. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 13, 2019 - 2:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 862,520 vehicles in the U.S. because they don't meet the country's emission standards. The Environmental Protection Agency says that the recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations it performed and in-use testing conducted by Fiat...
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