Noteworthy News

A Quiet Trip to the Ozone Hole
It might be the weirdest part of the atmosphere, 15 miles above the polar regions, where vast stratospheric clouds of nitric acid and water vapor shimmer in iridescent pink while human-made chemicals play havoc with the ozone layer.
South Los Angeles residents fuming over oil field
The South Coast Air Quality Management District's top brass faced a frustrated crowd at a town hall meeting Wednesday, during which more than 100 South Los Angeles residents criticized the agency's inability to say whether fumes from an oil field are hazardous.
Regulators move to shut down battery recycling plant
Regional air pollution regulators moved Friday to shut down Exide Technologies' troubled battery recycling plant in Vernon, citing public health risks from its repeated emissions of lead and arsenic.
In Canada's Alberta province, oil sands boom is a two-edged sword
In the Cree language, the word "athabasca" means "a place where grass is everywhere." 
Air pollution causes lung cancer, World Health Organization says
It’s official: Breathing dirty air causes lung cancer.
'Airpocalypse': Severe pollution cripples northeastern China
A large swath of northeastern China has been virtually paralyzed for two days by severe air pollution that forced airports and schools to close and drivers to turn on their headlights in the middle of the day.
Gulf ecosystem in crisis after BP spill
Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches, and other troubling signs point towards an ecosystem in crisis in the wake of BP's 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Putting Robots to Work in Solar Energy
In a dusty yard under a blistering August sun, Rover was hard at work, lifting 45-pound solar panels off a stack and installing them, one by one, into a concrete track.
Fuel From Landfill Methane Goes on Sale
Farmers, waste management companies and the energy industries have long experimented with converting methane, a byproduct of decomposing organic matter, into transportation fuel.
Yosemite's largest ice mass is melting fast
Climate change is taking a visible toll on Yosemite National Park, where the largest ice mass in the park is in a death spiral, geologists say.