Okinawa conducts on-site probe over toxic spillage at Futenma base

National Apr 22, 2020

Okinawa conducts on-site probe over toxic spillage at Futenma base

Local governments in Okinawa Prefecture have conducted an on-site investigation into a spillage of toxic material at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the city of Ginowan in the prefecture. The probe, also involving central government officials, was conducted Tuesday based on the Japan-U.S. ...

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

World Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic. Cities including Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Frankfurt showed a reduction in average ...

Air quality improving in quarantined countries

World / Science & Health Mar 22, 2020

Air quality improving in quarantined countries

Air quality is improving in countries under coronavirus quarantines, experts say, but it is far too early to speak of long-term change. Images by the U.S. space agency NASA are clear, in February the concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell dramatically in Wuhan, China, the ...