By Matt Smith
The World Health Organization says air pollution is up 8 percent around the world and, while rich countries are becoming cleaner for the most part, 98 percent of cities in poor nations failed to reach minimum thresholds for healthy air.
Air pollution causes and estimated 16,000 premature births a year in the United States, costing billions of dollars, new research shows.
Status concerns and an overblown terror of crime, as well as the limitations of the service, mean many of the city's residents refuse to abandon their cars despite continued air pollution and ever-increasing congestion.
Chinese authorities busted a parking lot owner in Baoding who allowed thousands of tons of toxic waste to be dumped on his property — an incident that highlights the country's lax regulation of dangerous solid waste.
A conservation group is urging — by way of a dystopic depiction of China — residents to ride more bicycles in an effort to get a handle on the nation's notoriously bad air quality.
By Rob Verger
China's central government wants to go after more companies that pollute and local governments that inhibit enforcement of environmental regulations.
Despite measures to cut back on air pollution from power plants, transportation, and manufacturing in rich nations, researchers project that the number of premature deaths due to air pollution will continue to rise.
India's capital imposed a vehicle ban for two weeks in January — and the results were encouraging, with improvement in air quality and diminished levels of congestion.
By VICE News
The automaker has admitted to installing devices in 600,000 vehicles that circumvented emissions tests in the United States.
By VICE News
Air quality in Beijing improved last year, despite the government's first ever "red alert" warning in December, according to official media.
Tehran's air quality index hovered around 159 on Wednesday — more than three times the World Health Organization's advised maximum. As politicians bicker about the crisis, everyday Iranians are struggling to breath.
By Eva Hershaw
A few residents of China's dirtiest cities can afford to move to cleaner ones, while those with automobiles travel to the countryside to "wash your lungs" — but most rely on cheap, disposable masks.
Beijing has issued its second "red alert" in just two weeks, as government agencies predict heavy smog over a large swath of the country beginning Friday and stretching into Tuesday.
By Rob Verger
India is imposing restrictions on when and what types of automobiles are permitted, much like rules Beijing has put in place to deal with dangerously high levels of pollution.
Dangerous levels of air pollution prompted the city's government to halt outdoor construction and urge schools to close. Authorities told people to stay indoors and implemented traffic restrictions to reduce the number of cars on the road.
Dangerous levels of small-particulate matter, primarily the result of coal-burning power plants, is reported in China and India, the world's No. 1 and No. 3 polluters.
The international shipping industry is coming under increasing pressure to cut down on planet-warming emissions, as traffic is projected to increase by 250 percent by mid-century.
By Harry Pearl
Haze from the annual forest fires — deliberately set to clear land for agriculture — are causing massive amounts of pollution, sickening people, and endangering wildlife.
Australia's coal industry launched this week a media campaign with the hashtag #coalisamazing, which was quickly ridiculed online.