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  • 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.


  • Former EPA Administrator Russell Train dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train, a leading American conservationist who helped craft some of the nation’s enduring environmental laws, died Monday at age 92. EPA …


  • Smoky air to continue midweek

    Several large wildfires in Idaho and Washington continued to burn while smoky conditions persisted across the Palouse on Saturday, extending the air quality advisory from the National Weather Service office …


  • Wildfire risks to homes lessened

    Evacuation notices have been lifted in the Grand Coulee area, where the Barker Canyon wildfire complex destroyed three homes and nine outbuildings since it began last weekend. Karen Ripley, spokeswoman …


  • Salton Sea fingered as culprit of big Calif. stink

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — After a day of “odor surveillance” and other scent-based sleuthing, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed Tuesday what they had already expected — that a …


  • Fire south of Spokane spreads

    The Apache Pass wildfire burning about 40 miles southwest of Spokane spread overnight as more than 100 firefighters worked to contain 18,000 burning acres.


  • Salton Sea eyed as culprit of big stink in Calif.

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Regional air quality officials in Southern California on Tuesday were awaiting an analysis of air samples as they tried to determine the source of a …

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