User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-Regional
Category: Air :: Air Pollution
Last updated: May 25 2016 21:32 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Op-ed: Utah leaders' theme-park mentality has us headed off the rails 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The children in my family are infatuated with feel good fantasy, imaginary characters and the suspension of reality. They love Disneyland. As such, they are well suited to make Utah’s public policy. If you asked everyone who lives in Utah if they would like to see the Wasatch Front turn into “Cars Land” — more freeways, urban sprawl, big box suburban shopping centers, car dependency and more air pollution — you might approach 100 percent responding, “No!” But UDOT lives in its own bubble where...
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Fire spread quickly aboard EgyptAir flight 22.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Cairo • Leaked flight data showing trouble in the cockpit and smoke in a plane lavatory are bringing into focus the chaotic final moments of EgyptAir Flight 804, including a three-minute period before contact was lost as alarms on the Airbus 320 screeched one after another. Officials caution it’s still too early to say what happened to the aircraft but mounting evidence points to a sudden, dramatic catastrophe that led to its crash into the eastern Mediterranean early Thursday. The Egyptian mil...
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Smoke, cockpit woes signal chaotic finale for EgyptAir plane 22.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Cairo • Leaked flight data showing trouble in the cockpit and smoke in a plane lavatory are bringing into focus the chaotic final moments of EgyptAir Flight 804, including a three-minute period before contact was lost as alarms on the Airbus 320 screeched one after another. Officials caution it’s still too early to say what happened to the aircraft — France’s foreign minister said Saturday that “all the hypotheses are being examined” — but mounting evidence points to a sudden, dramatic catastrop...
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Canada evacuating 8,000 wildfire evacuees by air 6.5.2016 Durango Herald
Canadian officials will start moving thousands of people from work camps north of devastated Fort McMurray in a mass highway convoy Friday morning if it is safe from a massive wildfire raging in Alberta
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Utahns will see more red air days this summer 6.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utahns will hear about “unhealthy” and “moderate” air quality conditions much more frequently this summer and may be asked to modify their daily routines more often — but it isn’t because air quality suddenly got worse. Last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency set a new standard for ambient ground-level ozone, cutting the allowable concentration of the pollutant by five parts per billion. While the downward shift may not seem especially large, it will have a noticeable impact on Utah’s air...
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Could the ouster of California environmental agency leaders imperil clean air and beach access? 2.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
High-profile turnover at state agencies reflect a culture split between grassroots demands and developer interests.
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Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws 30.4.2016 Durango Herald
The Texas Supreme Court has blocked Houston from enforcing tougher clean-air laws over the hub of industrial pollution
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Study: U.S. oil field source of air pollution 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in the Earth’s atmosphere. Along with its chemical cousin methane, ethane is a hydrocarbon that is a significant component of natural ...
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Study: U.S. oil field is source of air pollution 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in the Earth’s atmosphere. Along with its chemical cousin methane, ethane is a hydrocarbon that is a significant component of natural ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Study: N.D. oil field source of global spike in ethane pollution 29.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
WASHINGTON — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.
Air pollution hurting U.S. plant diversity, CU scientists find 25.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Air pollution is hurting plant life across North America, diminishing species diversity and may have reached a tipping point.
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Moench: Legislature dawdles while our children absorb lead and other toxins 23.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
While Utahns can be relieved to not be drinking the water in Flint, Mich., Emma Penrod’s Tribune report April 17 did not evoke confidence that our public schools are paying much attention to lead pipes. Despite strong evidence that should be peeling back our complacency, so far no one else in Utah is paying much attention, either — to lead, or to the many other well known neurotoxins our children are exposed to. A national investigation found 2,000 water systems in all 50 states, including Utah,...
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24 dead in Mexico petrochemical plant blast, 8 still missing 22.4.2016 Durango Herald
The death toll from an explosion that ripped through a petrochemical plant on Mexico's southern Gulf coast is now 24
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Editorial: Utah politicians distract us from our bad air. 22.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
While Utah’s elected leaders launch a wild goose chase for public lands, pat themselves on the back for being creeped out by pornography and tout their willingness to defy federal authority, the greatest threat to life in the Beehive State literally hangs in the air around them. And about that they do next to nothing. They don’t even talk about it very much. Because, after all, solving that problem would be hard. Would cost money. Force lifestyle changes. So much better, our leaders have decide...
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3 killed, dozens hurt in blast at Mexico petrochemical plant 21.4.2016 Durango Herald
An explosion rocked a petrochemical plant on Mexico's southern Gulf coast, causing evacuations in the area as a fire billowed a toxin-filled cloud into the air
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Salt Lake County suing Volkswagen, saying its cars polluted Utah air 21.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake County has filed suit against Volkswagen in an effort to punish the German automaker for selling Utahns cars that were designed to cheat on emissions tests. Sim Gill, Salt Lake County district attorney, said the county believes that software installed in Volkswagen vehicles not only violated local emissions testing requirements, but also contributed significantly to air pollution in the county and to the resulting health risks. “From our perspective, we have a health crisis in our comm...
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American Lung Association ranks SLC in top 10 for worst air quality 21.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City’s air quality has improved, but is still ranked as the sixth worst in the nation, according to the latest State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. The annual report grades U.S. counties and metropolitan areas based on the number of days they’ve exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s health-based standards for ozone and particulate pollution. Salt Lake County received an F grade for both ozone and particles. Overall, Utah averaged an F for ozone and a D ...
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Denver ranks 8th most-polluted due to ozone contamination of air 21.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Metro Denver ranked eighth most-polluted with ozone and Fort Collins 10th among U.S.
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SLC ranked as 6th-worst in the nation for air quality 21.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City’s air quality has improved, but is still ranked as the sixth worst in the nation, according to the latest State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. The annual State of the Air report grades to U.S. counties and metropolitan areas based on the number of days the area has exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s health-based standards for ozone and particle pollution. The Salt Lake County received an F grade for both ozone and particles; overall, Utah average...
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Clean air advocate: California has nation's dirtiest air 20.4.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation's most polluted.
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