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S. Korea blanketed by fine dust, alert issued

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- A thick layer of fine dust blanketed South Korea on Wednesday, prompting the capital Seoul to issue this year's first warning against the particles and urge people to stay indoors. According to the data by the Korea Meteorological Administration, Seoul's atmospheric concentration levels of "particulate matter (PM)-10" pollutants recorded 227 micrograms per cubic meter as of 1 p.m., reaching the "very bad" level.

Appeals court rejects state and industry challenges to EPA emission standards for power plants

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up mercury, lead, arsenic and other dangerous air pollutants. The new regulations were designed to remove toxins from the air that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

Appeals court says EPA acted reasonably in decision not to change carbon monoxide standard

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide. Three environmental and wildlife organizations want the public health standard toughened. But the appeals court says in a 3-0 ruling that the private groups cannot challenge the lack of a secondary air quality standard for carbon monoxide. The EPA decided not to have one, based on a finding that the connection between carbon monoxide and climate change was tenuous.

British PM skips morning jog because of pollution

British Prime Minister David Cameron abandoned his normal early morning run on Thursday because of high pollution levels in London. A combination of local emissions, light winds and pollution from continental Europe, compounded with dust blown from the Sahara, has prompted health warnings about poor air quality across southern and central England. Asked about the pollution levels in a BBC interview, Cameron said: "It is unpleasant, and you can feel it in the air."

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

BEIJING/SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia, officials said. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.

Seoul, Beijing to join hands in fight against fine dust

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul municipal government said Monday it will sign an agreement with Beijing to make joint efforts to cut hazardous air pollution, with South Korea increasingly affected by ultrafine dust from China. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will fly to the Chinese capital city on Thursday to have talks with his counterpart Wang Anshun and sign the agreement that calls for the two cities' close cooperation to tackle air pollution, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Toxic water scandal hits Italian region

An Italian official was forced Friday to reassure residents their water is safe to drink, after tests showed that toxic waste had leaked into the supply in the central region of Abruzzo. Following a series of alarming reports, regional governor Gianni Chiodi said that water was "no longer poisoned" and was of "excellent quality".

Olympics: Pollution muddies Rio 2016 waters

Waters polluted by sewage off the coast of Rio remain a concern for organisers of the 2016 Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee insisted Friday that the sea will be safe for competition. Guanabara Bay, which will host the sailing at the Games, has caused consternation amongst some athletes with the water quality condemned as "disgusting" by one sailor. IOC co-ordination commission chair Nawal el Moutawakel noted on a sixth visit Friday that authorities have pledged to deliver a huge increase in sewage treatment by 2015.
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