The Environmental Protection Agency, citing the budget sequester, has rejected a petition to review potential health hazards from coal mining air pollution, environmental groups said Wednesday.
In a letter to the groups sent Tuesday, Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe said EPA would not determine whether air emissions from the mines were a threat, nor subject them to new source rulemakings, which the groups had sought in their 2010 petition.
BEIJING (AP) — Whitney Foard Small loved China and her job as a regional director of communications for a top automaker. But after air pollution led to several stays in hospital and finally a written warning from her doctor telling her she needed to leave, Small packed up and left for Thailand.
WASHINGTON (AP) — China, the world's largest producer of carbon dioxide, is directly feeling the man-made heat of global warming, scientists conclude in the first study to link the burning of fossil fuels to one country's rise in its daily temperature spikes.
Researchers say that more pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for trans-Atlantic travelers, explaining that models show increased turbulence over the north Atlantic as carbon dioxide levels rise.
Data from the Global Burden of Disease Study found China's outdoor air pollution was linked to 1.2 million premature deaths, accounting for about 40 percent of total pollution-linked deaths, The New York Times reports.
Government response China's increasingly polluted air and water has been hindered by bureaucratic infighting, with environmental officials seeking restrictions on pollutants facing off against state-owned oil and power companies, The New York Times reports.