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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 21, 2015, 7:11 p.m.

Spokane’s air pollution sinks to lowest level, ‘hazardous’ for first time

Spokane’s smoke-filled skies Friday evening turned the Lilac City into the most air-polluted place in the country as air quality dropped to a reading of very unhealthy for all.


Air quality concerns halt sports

Concern about wildfire smoke and its effects on children has led to the cancellation of a large soccer tournament at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley. In addition, the Greater …


Air quality concerns force soccer cancellation

Concern about wildfire smoke pollution and the effect on children of breathing that smoke has led to cancellation of a large soccer tournament at Plantes Ferry Park.


Unhealthy plume of smoke blankets Inland Northwest

Raging wildfires in Okanogan County sent a plume of smoke over the Spokane area Wednesday evening, while air quality at ground level deteriorated to the unhealthy range for people with …


Smoke advisory issued for North Idaho; Spokane air ‘moderate’

Two of Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency’s monitors are down for repairs, but five others are still providing a comprehensive look at how smoke from wildfires across the region is …


Northwest residents, with wood to burn, among top polluters

BOISE — Oregon, Idaho, and Washington residents are among the top polluters in the nation when it comes to fine particle emissions from burning wood to heat homes.


WSU’s new smoke forecast system gets workout

Washington State University research scientists have devised a forecasting model that can predict air pollution. Described as the nation’s first high-resolution, Web-based air quality forecast system, it’s been getting a …


Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential …


UN climate report balances science and politics

BERLIN (AP) — After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to …


Kerry in Indonesia to talk climate change

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia to discuss climate change and press authorities in Jakarta to step up efforts to combat it. Kerry …


Wood smoke threatens Spokane air quality

Jon McCauley can tell you when air pollution is bad. His lungs tighten, his fatigue worsens.


Stage 2 ban means no burning through Monday

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has announced a Stage 2 burn ban for the most populous areas of Spokane County.


EPA tightens standards for soot pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount …


Energy experts say drilling can be made cleaner

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the Colorado mountains, a spike in air pollution has been linked to a boom in oil and gas drilling. A thousand miles away on the plains …


Breathers beware: Particulate fouls icy Fairbanks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Stanford University Medical Center doctors gave Alex Lee a parting gift at the end of his heart operations earlier this year: surgeon’s masks. They knew Lee, …


Air quality raises concern at NJ train wreck site

PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Residents of Paulsboro were ordered to stay inside and schools were closed Monday after unsafe levels of a chemical were found in the air near where …


Carbon pollution up to 2 million pounds a second

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it’s now unlikely that global warming can be limited …


Calif. unlikely to spur federal emissions cap soon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s new system for limiting industrial greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon is not likely to spur a similar federal program anytime soon, …


Calif debuts landmark program to cap emissions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California began auctioning permits Wednesday for greenhouse gas emissions, launching one of the world’s most ambitious efforts to cut heat-trapping gases from industrial sources. The California …


California debuts landmark cap-and-trade system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California has begun auctioning permits for greenhouse gas emissions, launching what is expected to be the world’s second-largest carbon market. The California Air Resources Board says …


Hyundai, Kia overstated gas mileage, EPA finds

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles in the past three years, a discovery that could result in sanctions from the U.S. government and …


Derailed tanker burns in central Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Emergency workers in Kentucky were increasingly confident that fire crews had contained a blaze spewing flames and smoke from a derailed tanker car, allowing them to …


EPA finds Hyundai, Kia overstated gas mileage

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai and Kia overstated the gas mileage on most of their models from the past three years in an embarrassing blunder that could bring sanctions from the …


Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska’s Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption — 100 years ago. The National Weather …


Officials hope ‘winter-blend’ gas will drop prices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State leaders — and drivers — hope to see gasoline prices drop soon, now that California officials have approved the release of “winter-blend” fuel that is …


Release of ‘winter-blend’ gas could reduce prices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State air pollution regulators said Monday that California’s air quality is not expected to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend …


Air quality crisis eases in Wenatchee, Chelan area

Smoky air that has plagued the cities of Wenatchee, Chelan and Leavenworth since early September has finally cleared, the National Weather Service said this morning.


Gregoire extends burning ban

Gov. Chris Gregoire has extended a ban to include all outdoor and agricultural burning in Eastern Washington amid continuing wildfire danger. The ban includes campfires, bonfires, yard cleanup and land …


State sends 22,000 respirators

State health officials have sent about 22,000 respirator masks to areas choked with wildfire smoke in Central and Eastern Washington.


Wildfire smoke settles in Spokane

Smoke continued to settle across the Inland Northwest throughout Wednesday evening and this morning as wildfires spread.