Jan 18, 2017

China forbids locally issued smog alerts

China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country’s air pollution as public anger over the issue grows. The Meteorological Administration notified local bureaus Tuesday to “immediately stop ...

Jan 12, 2017

British Columbia OKs Trans Mountain pipeline to Alberta oil sands area

Canada’s Pacific Coast province of British Columbia on Wednesday approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline from the Alberta oil sands that will allow oil exports to Asia. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark announced the conditions her government placed on the project ...

Jan 8, 2017

Choked by smog, Beijing creates new environmental police

Officials in Beijing are creating a new environmental police squad in the latest effort to fight China’s persistent problems with heavy smog. According to state media, Beijing’s acting mayor said Saturday that the new police force will focus on open-air barbecues, garbage incineration and ...

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too, study says

Jan 6, 2017

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too, study says

Polar bears just can’t catch a break. Already struggling to cope with climate change, the giant Arctic carnivores also face a chemical poisoning risk 100 times above levels considered safe for adult bears, according to a study released Thursday. For bear cubs feeding on ...