Atmosphere http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24469/all en European Union has to crack down on diesel -officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/european-union-has-crack-down-diesel-officials <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Commission to publish air quality draft law this year</p> <p>* Commission working on tougher diesel testing standards</p> <p>* WHO has linked diesel emissions to cancer</p> <p>By Barbara Lewis</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The European Union must cut emissions from diesel vehicles as part of its efforts to reduce air pollution, which is causing close to half a million premature deaths per year, EU officials said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/european-union-has-crack-down-diesel-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air pollution Atmosphere Business Environment European Union Pollution Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731767 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-Pollution "worst on record" in Beijing-Greenpeace http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/refile-pollution-worst-record-beijing-greenpeace <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Changes dateline)</p> <p>BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Air quality in Beijing was the "worst on record" on Saturday and Sunday, according to environmentalists, as the city's pollution monitoring centre warned residents to stay indoors with pollution 30-45 times above recommended safety levels.</p> <p>The Chinese capital, home to around 20 million people, has been wrapped in thick smog since Friday, reducing visibility and disrupting traffic.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/refile-pollution-worst-record-beijing-greenpeace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Earth Pollution Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 03:45:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733709 at http://www.globalpost.com Chinese media urges action on air pollution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/chinese-media-urges-action-air-pollution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Terril Yue Jones</p> <p>BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Chinese media said on Monday the government had to take urgent action to tackle air pollution, which has blanketed parts of the country at dangerous levels in recent days, and one newspaper called for a re-think of a "fixation" on economic growth.</p> <p>China's media are under tight Communist Party control and usually steer clear of controversy, but news organisations are more free to report on pollution, partly because it can't be hidden from the public.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/chinese-media-urges-action-air-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air pollution Atmosphere Business Pollution Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:45:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734050 at http://www.globalpost.com China premier-designate says pollution solution "long-term process" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/china-premier-designate-says-pollution-solution-long-term-proce <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Michael Martina</p> <p>BEIJING, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Days after choking smog blanketed China's capital, the country's premier-designate added his voice to appeals to curb the toxic haze, but he offered few specifics and said there was no quick fix.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/china-premier-designate-says-pollution-solution-long-term-proce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Environment Pollution Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:45:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734646 at http://www.globalpost.com China plans emergency measures to control Beijing air pollution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/china-plans-emergency-measures-control-beijing-air-pollution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--> Atmosphere Beijing Environment Human Interest Pollution Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736780 at http://www.globalpost.com Beijing's new air pollution steps get poor reception http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/beijings-new-air-pollution-steps-get-poor-reception <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, Jan 22 (Reuters) - New plans to reduce air pollution in Beijing fell flat on Tuesday, judging by initial online reaction, as the capital's mayor unveiled measures to ease the chronic problem that has triggered growing public anger.</p> <p>The smoggy metropolis' already notorious air pollution hit a record earlier this month, with pollution 30-45 times above recommended safety levels, blanketing Beijing in a thick, noxious cloud that grounded flights and forced people indoors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/beijings-new-air-pollution-steps-get-poor-reception" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Atmospheric sciences Pollution Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:00:32 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737590 at http://www.globalpost.com Beijing shuts factories, removes cars, but pollution stays high http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/beijing-shuts-factories-removes-cars-pollution-stays-high <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Beijing temporarily shut down 103 heavily polluting factories and took 30 percent of government vehicles off roads to combat dangerously high air pollution, state media reported on Tuesday, but the capital's air remained hazardous despite the measures.</p> <p>Air quality in Beijing has mostly stayed above "very unhealthy" and "hazardous" levels for about two weeks. On Tuesday, it hit 517 on an index maintained by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which described the pollution as "Beyond Index".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/beijing-shuts-factories-removes-cars-pollution-stays-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Business Environment Pollution Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:30:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740905 at http://www.globalpost.com China's thick smog arrives in Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for the young and the sick.</p> <p>The environment ministry's website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way.</p> <p>"Access to our air-pollution monitoring system has been almost impossible since last week, and the telephone here has been constantly ringing because worried people keep asking us about the impact on health," said an environment ministry official.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Atmospheric sciences Pollution Technology AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:00:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745152 at http://www.globalpost.com Smog causes surge in heart deaths: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/smog-causes-surge-heart-deaths-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Exposure to higher levels of fine particulates -- the airborne pollution that is an emerging problem in many Asian cities -- causes a sharp rise in deaths from heart attacks, a study published on Wednesday said.</p> <p>Research published in the European Heart Journal pointed the finger at so-called PM2.5 pollution, which comprises tiny particles measuring 2.5 micrometres across or less.</p> <p>They are mainly generated by burning coal and oil for power stations, and petrol and diesel for transport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/smog-causes-surge-heart-deaths-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air pollution Atmosphere Pollution Social Issues AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:31:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5760608 at http://www.globalpost.com Pollution in Beijing reaches dangerous levels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130303/pollution-beijing-reaches-dangerous-levels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Beijing, Feb 28 (EFE).- Pollution in Beijing and surrounding areas on Thursday returned to dangerous levels for the second time in a week, Chinese environmental authorities said.</p> <p>The air pollution has been aggravated by a sandstorm originating in Inner Mongolia.</p> <p>The concentration of tiny particulate matter in the air, considered especially dangerous due to its ability to get into the lungs and the bloodstream, exceeded 400 micrograms per cubic meter, according to measurements made by the Environmental Control Center in Beijing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130303/pollution-beijing-reaches-dangerous-levels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air pollution Atmosphere Pollution Agencia EFE Mon, 04 Mar 2013 02:15:41 +0000 Agencia EFE 5772447 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan warns about smog drifting from China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/japan-warns-about-smog-drifting-china <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A local government in southwestern Japan on Tuesday advised residents to stay indoors or wear masks when they go outside in the nation's first official health warning over smog drifting in from China.</p> <p>Officials in Kumamoto, on Kyushu island, said the quality of air was likely to be substantially below national standards, amid warnings of health risks for the young and the sick.</p> <p>Of specific concern is the concentration of particulate matter 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter, which has been as high as 50 micrograms per cubic metre in several parts of Kyushu.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/japan-warns-about-smog-drifting-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Business China Japan Pollution Smog Technology AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:15:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5773719 at http://www.globalpost.com Levels of harmful pollutants up sharply in Beijing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130403/levels-harmful-pollutants-sharply-beijing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Beijing, Apr 3 (EFE).- Levels of two pollutants harmful to human health rose sharply in Beijing in the first three months of 2013 relative to the same period of last year, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday, citing a government official.</p> <p>The head of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, Chen Tian, said nitrous dioxide and large particulates known as PM 10 climbed by 30 percent in the first three months of the year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130403/levels-harmful-pollutants-sharply-beijing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air pollution Atmosphere Disaster Health Pollution Technology Agencia EFE Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:16:19 +0000 Agencia EFE 5800756 at http://www.globalpost.com Air quality index of Europe's major cities May 10: Stockholm 'very good' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130510/air-quality-index-europes-major-cities-may-10-stockholm-very-goo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Below is information on the current background air quality in some of Europe's major cities based on data taken from <a href="http://www.airqualitynow.eu" title="http://www.airqualitynow.eu">http://www.airqualitynow.eu</a> and recorded at 8:00 am GMT May 10.  </p> <p> City Quality Amsterdam  Good [26] Berlin  Very good [23] Brussels  N/A Krakow  Moderate [53] Oslo  Very good [24] Prague  Very good [20] London  Very good [15] Madrid  Good [33] Paris  Very good [21] Stockholm  Very good [21] Zurich  Very good [19] </p><p>Legend</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130510/air-quality-index-europes-major-cities-may-10-stockholm-very-goo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air pollution Atmosphere Pollution Well being Fri, 10 May 2013 08:45:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5834797 at http://www.globalpost.com Air quality index of Europe's major cities May 10: Stockholm 'very good' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130510/air-quality-index-europes-major-cities-may-10-stockholm-very-good <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Below is information on the current background air quality in some of Europe's major cities based on data taken from <a href="http://www.airqualitynow.eu" title="http://www.airqualitynow.eu">http://www.airqualitynow.eu</a> and recorded at 8:00 am GMT May 10.  </p> <p> City Quality Amsterdam  Good [26] Berlin  Very good [23] Brussels  N/A Krakow  Moderate [53] Oslo  Very good [24] Prague  Very good [20] London  Very good [15] Madrid  Good [33] Paris  Very good [21] Stockholm  Very good [21] Zurich  Very good [19] </p><p>Legend</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130510/air-quality-index-europes-major-cities-may-10-stockholm-very-good" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air pollution Atmosphere Pollution Tourism Fri, 10 May 2013 09:00:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5834800 at http://www.globalpost.com Air quality index of major cities in North America May 10: San Francisco 'good' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130510/air-quality-index-major-cities-north-america-may-10-san-francisco-g <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Below is information on the current background air quality in some of North America's major cities based on data taken from <a href="http://www.airnow.gov" title="http://www.airnow.gov">http://www.airnow.gov</a> recorded at 13:10 pm GMT on May 10. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/tourism/130510/air-quality-index-major-cities-north-america-may-10-san-francisco-g" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Atmosphere Environment Pollution Technology Tourism Fri, 10 May 2013 15:02:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5834913 at http://www.globalpost.com