Children living among rubbish and human waste are especially susceptible to diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top killers of children under 5 worldwide. In this photo essay from Reuters, photographers capture “playgrounds” built among landfills and junkyards, and children swimming in polluted stagnant waters filled with garbage and excrement. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama’s original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.
The world’s two biggest economies and carbon polluters made an unprecedented announcement on climate change. President Obama promised that by 2025, the U.S. will cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than a quarter and China agreed to cap emissions by 2030. But the head of the UN’s climate science panel said the deal alone won’t avert the effects of global warming. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
The 34th Beijing International Marathon went on as scheduled Sunday despite heavy smog polluting the city as competitors raced to the finish line wearing face masks and sponges. Continue reading
Toldeo’s mayor says the city’s tap water is safe to drink, lifting a ban that has affected nearly 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan since Saturday. Mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the ban at a Monday morning news conference, saying the city’s drinking water is safe, according to the Associated Press. Continue reading
Pollution causes three times as many deaths as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined, according to a Global Alliance on Health and Pollution analysis released this week. Continue reading
HOMER CITY, Pa. — Three years ago, the operators of one of the nation’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants warned of “immediate and devastating” consequences from the Obama administration’s push to clean up pollution from coal. Faced with cutting sulfur dioxide pollution blowing into downwind states by 80 percent in less than a year, lawyers for EME Homer City Generation L.P. sued the Environmental Protection Agency to block the rule, saying it would cause it grave harm and bring a painful spike in electricity bills.
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency was justified in not establishing a new air quality standard for acid rain. The EPA decided in 2012 after a lengthy rulemaking proceeding that it needed further scientific study before it could set a new air quality standard for oxides of nitrogen and oxides of sulfur. Continue reading
After spending more than a decade and billions of dollars on developing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, carmakers are planning to release their models in California. But despite the state’s large demand for cars and tough air quality standards, California lacks a network of fueling stations. Scott Shafer and Sheraz Sadiq of KQED in San Francisco have the story. Continue reading