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VW engineer pleads guilty to federal charges
The guilty plea by James Liang is the first in the wide-ranging investigation into Volkswagen's effort to skirt emission regulations.        
70 points by Detroit Free Press | Internal combustion engine Diesel engine Volkswagen Air pollution Plea Rudolf Diesel Automobile Volkswagen Group
Smog could pose problems

1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Air pollution Air Quality Index United States Environmental Protection Agency Pollution Smog Georgia Delta Air Lines Atlanta
The Latest: California extends ambitious climate change law
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California's landmark climate change law (all times local): 11:45 a.m. California will further slash greenhouse gas emissions after Gov. Jerry Brown extended the nation's most ambitious climate change law by another 10 years. The Democrat signed the legislation Thursday at a park in ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide Climate change United States Air pollution Los Angeles California Global warming
Air pollution particles found in human brains
Another new concern could be on the horizon for city dwellers, particularly those living in the more polluted cities of the world, as a new study has found that certain particles found within pollution could enter the human brain -- by people breathing them in.
7967 points by CNN | Brain Neuron Cerebral cortex Human brain Cerebellum Air pollution Nervous system Frontal lobe
'No sign of mountains': What it was like in L.A. before today's clean-air rules
To the editor: In 1971, my 2-year-old son and I moved to Los Angeles from Boston. As we descended into LAX, the clouds were dirty, an ominous shade of brown. I wondered why the San Fernando Valley was called a valley; there was no sign of mountains when I drove to work through the canyons to Van...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles San Fernando Valley Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Air pollution Canoga Park Los Angeles California Glendale California Burbank California Van Nuys Los Angeles California
California fuel standards to get critical review
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A state review has found California is on track to meet its tougher car-emission standards and urges regulators to draft more ambitious environmental targets for the future.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Barack Obama United States Environmental Protection Agency Federal government of the United States United States Emission standard U.S. state Air pollution Emissions trading
Letter: Clearing the air
Clearing the airRegarding Michael Moffett’s “Climate change response in need of sanity” (Monitor Forum, March 18): Requests for reducing emissions are less about global climate change and more about local health care costs. Every one of us pays for those health costs in rising health care premiums....
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Air pollution Economics Global warming United States Climate change Health care Health insurance Weather
Senate confirms Scott Pruitt for EPA chief amid last-minute drama
Democrats sought a delay to give senators time to read thousands of Scott Pruitt's emails with the fossil fuel industry.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Mitch McConnell United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party Greenhouse gas Environmentalism
Senate to vote on Scott Pruitt for EPA chief amid last-minute drama
Democrats sought a delay to give senators time to read thousands of Scott Pruitt's emails with the fossil fuel industry.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Mitch McConnell United States Senate Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Greenhouse gas Susan Collins
After bruising confirmation battle, Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt expected to clear Senate vote
Donald Trump’s embattled nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to get final approval from the Senate on Friday after withstanding a prolonged assault from environmentalists who warn he is a menace to clean air and water.  The likely approval of Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Environmentalism United States Environmental Protection Agency United States Senate Democratic Party Air pollution Global warming Protection Donald Trump
'Blame Berlin’: Nigel Farage slams Germany for UK’s illegal levels of air pollution
Nigel Farage has blamed “shameful” pollution in UK cities on winds coming in from Germany. Read Full Article at RT.com
113 points by Russia Today | European Union Air pollution United Kingdom Smog London European Economic Community Europe Council of Europe
Judge OKs VW deal to spend $1.2B more on diesel fix
Preliminary approval in deal calling for VW to fix or buy back 3-liter diesel vehicles        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Volkswagen Audi Volkswagen Group Air pollution Porsche California Air Resources Board SEAT Diesel engine
WildEarth Guardians drags Colorado Springs to federal court saying power plant broke air quality rules 3,000 times
Environmental pressure group WildEarth Guardians hit Colorado Springs with a lawsuit Thursday targeting its 80-year-old coal-fired power plant in the heart of the city that emits uncertain amounts of toxic gases and particulates into the air.
258 points by The Denver Post | Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency Smog National Ambient Air Quality Standards Ozone Sulfur dioxide Particulate Federal government of the United States
Here's what you should know about this year's debate over California's cap-and-trade program
Battles over climate change policies have become an annual fixture at the state Capitol, and this year appears to be no different. Lawmakers are preparing to decide the future of the cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of California's battle against global warming. Cap and trade is extremely...
29 points by Los Angeles Times | Greenhouse gas Global warming Climate change Air pollution Kyoto Protocol Low-carbon fuel standard Emission standard Carbon finance
House votes to kill BLM “Planning 2.0” rule aimed at giving residents of Colorado and the West greater control over public land
House Republicans on Tuesday voted to kill a Bureau of Land Management rule that gives Americans more of a voice in large-scale planning for projects using public land, including 8.4 million acres in Colorado.
3892 points by The Denver Post | Bureau of Land Management Management Public land Air pollution
Scott Pruitt would be a disaster for Colorado’s air, water and our families’ health
Donald Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt may work to serve his conservative base, but it does not best serve our country. The appointment of Pruitt would create a public health disaster.
277 points by The Denver Post | United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Environmentalism Clean Water Act Drinking water Environmental protection Water law Protection
Destroying the planet isn't the EPA chief's job
To the editor: I have nothing to say but thank you for your editorial on Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt’s inappropriate nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You’ve made a completely airtight case. (“Putting Scott Pruitt in charge of the EPA risks irreversible damage to...
18 points by Los Angeles Times | Earth Environmentalism United States Environmental Protection Agency Natural environment Air pollution Global warming Human Environment
Obama’s EPA finds bias in Flint power plant case
It found that state regulators made decisions in public hearings for OKing the Genesee Power Station between 1992, ’94        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency Flint Michigan Michigan Genesee County Michigan Pleading Civil and political rights Hearing
Bureau of Land Management can’t regulate air quality
Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado rules are driving emissions even lower. Congress should overturn Bureau of Land Management’s redundant rule.
1 points by The Denver Post | Natural gas United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Regulation Federal government of the United States Smog Independent agencies of the United States government Environmentalism
French presidential hopeful offers asylum to ‘US scientists & researchers fighting obscurantism’
American “researchers, scientists and businesses” who are “afraid” of changes President Trump might impose on the US can find a refuge and new “homeland” in France, according to French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron. Read Full Article at RT.com
721 points by Russia Today | United States Federal government of the United States Global warming Climate change Richard Nixon President of the United States Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency
Hoaxes feed deportation fears in California
Good morning. It is Saturday, Feb. 4. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Fake news brings fear: Law enforcement officials are warning about social media hoaxes falsely claiming that police are setting up checkpoints aimed at deporting people here illegally. Police called...
10 points by Los Angeles Times | California Orange County California Southern California Donald Trump Melania Trump Air pollution Los Angeles Los Angeles County California
California truckers file lawsuit against engine filter rule
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A group of California trucking companies has filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board, alleging diesel particulate filters have caused truck fires. KNTV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2jLazEU ) that a number of trucking businesses are challenging the state's rules requiring the filters, arguing they are ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Diesel engine Diesel particulate filter Sacramento California Soot California Truck Internal combustion engine Air pollution
Excessive air pollution may be cause for a fifth of dementia cases - study
Airborne particulate matter emitted by automobiles and power plants in urban areas may account for 21 percent of dementia cases and may nearly double the likelihood that women older than 64 years will develop cognitive impairment, a new study says. Read Full Article at RT.com
425 points by Russia Today | Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency University of Southern California Gerontology Particulate Aging Neurology Neuron
Clean air advocates urge EPA to get rid of "loopholes" in new refinery rule
Clean air advocates from around the country descended on Houston Thursday to urge EPA officials to scrap changes to new regulations that they say give refineries a free pass to pollute. Industry officials see the rule as overkill.
1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmentalism Smog Pollution Particulate Air dispersion modeling Benzene
Automakers await the Trump effect
Executives in corner offices from Germany to Detroit are cautiously monitoring President-Elect Donald Trump’s team        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Ford Motor Company Automotive industry Air pollution Emission standard Fuel efficiency United States Fuel economy in automobiles North American Free Trade Agreement
SEPTA strike made Philly's air pollution worse

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency Smog Particulate Environmentalism Air Quality Index Clean Air Act Dust
Navajo youth travel to San Francisco to protest coal plant
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Thirty Navajo youth have traveled from their reservation in Arizona to San Francisco to protest a federal decision that they say would allow a massive coal-fired power near their homes to bypass strict pollution-control regulations for the next several decades. Navajo environmental activists say in a ...
2 points by The Washington Times | New Mexico United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Air pollution Appeal Alex Kozinski United States Arizona Native Americans in the United States
Automakers await Trump’s next move
Executives in corner offices from Germany to Detroit are cautiously monitoring President-Elect Donald Trump’s team        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Ford Motor Company Automotive industry Air pollution Emission standard Fuel efficiency United States Fuel economy in automobiles North American Free Trade Agreement
Smog blamed for hundreds of deaths
First it was Beijing. Then Delhi. Now it's Tehran.
541 points by CNN | Iran Ali Khamenei Ruhollah Khomeini Smog President of Iran Supreme Leader of Iran City council Air pollution
EPA to host Thursday meeting in Houston on air quality rules for refineries
The Environmental Protection Agency will host a meeting Thursday at the Hartman Community Center to hear comments about its air quality rules for refineries. Environmentalists say the rules contain too many loopholes for companies, while industry officials say the regulations are burdensome.
1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmentalism Pollution Environmental movement AP 42 Compilation of Air Pollutant Emission Factors Air dispersion modeling Smog
Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants
Maryland environmental regulators are asking their federal counterparts to crack down on 19 coal plants in five other states whose emissions — carried hundreds of miles by the wind — make the air here unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days.The plants have spent billions of dollars on technology...
313 points by Baltimore Sun | Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency Smog Ozone Environmentalism National Ambient Air Quality Standards Sulfur dioxide U.S. state
Leon Billings, former Maryland delegate and author of clean-air measures, dies
Leon G. Billings, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Montgomery County who was a key author of the federal Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental laws, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn., after suffering a stroke while visiting family. He was 78.Born in Montana, Mr. Billings...
185 points by Baltimore Sun | United States Environmental Protection Agency United States Senate Water law United States President of the United States Air pollution President pro tempore of the United States Senate Jimmy Carter
Alaska Railroad prepares for 1st US shipments of natural gas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Railroad is making final preparations for the first U.S. rail shipments of liquefied natural gas, a fuel that could be used to alleviate air pollution problems in the state's second-largest city.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Alaska Lung Air pollution Natural gas Pulmonology Liquefied natural gas Heart Anchorage Alaska
Can car-free London work?
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has a plan to transform the capital's busiest street into an urban oasis.
1917 points by CNN | London Air pollution Automobile Pollution Bus Smog Diesel engine Oxford Street
VW engineer pleads guilty in emissions case, will cooperate
DETROIT — A Volkswagen engineer has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in the company's emissions cheating scandal, advancing a criminal investigation by agreeing to testify against others.James Robert Liang, 62, of Newbury Park, California, entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government through wire fraud.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Volkswagen Diesel engine Air pollution Diesel fuel United States Environmental Protection Agency Internal combustion engine Emission standards Turbocharger
VW engineer guilty in emissions fraud
Guilty plea is first in investigation into the rigging of federal air-pollution tests.         
99 points by Arizona Republic | Volkswagen Internal combustion engine Volkswagen Group Air pollution United States Automobile Diesel fuel Diesel engine
VW engineer pleads guilty in emissions case, agrees to cooperate
A Volkswagen engineer has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in the company's emissions cheating scandal and has agreed to cooperate in the widening criminal investigation.
1 points by The Denver Post | Volkswagen Diesel engine United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Volkswagen Group Internal combustion engine Diesel fuel Turbocharger