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 ...

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 ...

Spanish first for smog: Madrid curbs half of cars

Dec 29, 2016

Spanish first for smog: Madrid curbs half of cars

Madrid’s City Hall announced Wednesday it had ordered half of most private cars off the roads to fight a particularly bad bout of pollution, a first in Spain. From Thursday, between 0530 GMT and 2000 GMT, “vehicles with even-number registration plates will be allowed ...