Air Pollution

3:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Science

Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:35 am

Not all energy producers find fault with the EPA's rules. Calpine, which helped build the Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, Calif., says the permitting regulations aren't overly cumbersome.
JAKUB MOSUR AP

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday about the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for the biggest polluting facilities.

The case focuses on a 3-year-old requirement that companies get permits anytime they construct new plants or modify existing ones that will emit a lot of greenhouse gases.

EPA's supporters and most of its challengers agree this case is narrow in scope; the court's ruling is not expected to threaten EPA's broader strategy to fight global warming.

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6:00am

Sat February 22, 2014
Oil & Gas

State Regulators Set To Finalize Oil And Gas Rules

Encana oil rig
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission is considering rules that would set limits for emissions and require more extensive efforts to monitor and fix leaks.

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3:15pm

Mon November 18, 2013
Politics

Hickenlooper Proposes New Oil And Gas Air Quality Regulations

A drilling rig nestled in the greenspace between developments in Frederick, Colo., Aug. 2013.
Jim Hill KUNC

Calling them ‘groundbreaking,’ Governor John Hickenlooper proposed new statewide air quality rules for oil and gas drilling Monday. The rules aim to reduce air pollution from methane emissions.

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8:18am

Thu August 29, 2013
World

Have Your Picture Taken With Hong Kong's (Smog-Free) Skyline

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:26 am

Tourists from mainland China take photos in front of a large outdoor banner showing what Hong Kong looks like on a clean air day, in Hong Kong on Aug. 21.
Alex Hofford EPA/Landov

It's not news that Hong Kong, which brags one of the world's most stunning skylines, has been gradually losing it behind a curtain of smog.

But the Chinese territory's latest solution is new: To placate camera-clicking tourists unable to get those iconic shots of the skyscraper-studded waterfront, Hong Kong has set up a panoramic backdrop with clear, blue skies.

The Chinese website Netease published a series of pictures of tourists posing in front of the backdrop.

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12:47pm

Sun June 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Malaysia Declares Emergency From Cross-Border Blanket Of Smoke

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:55 am

The landmark Petronas Twin Towers (top, right) in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, are barely visible amid the thick smoke. It's even worse farther south.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Malaysia has declared a state of emergency in the country's south after choking smog from slash-and-burn agriculture in neighboring Indonesia enveloped the region.

Residents in Muar and Ledang districts of Johor state have been told to stay indoors. This comes after a similar order in Singapore last week.

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