health

News

'Airpocalypse': Severe pollution cripples northeastern China

Published: 
Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:07pm
Category: 
Chemicals

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.

News

Air pollution causes lung cancer, World Health Organization says

Published: 
Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:18pm
Category: 
Chemicals

It’s official: Breathing dirty air causes lung cancer.

News

The Toxic Smog Cloud Hanging Over Shanghai Looks Just As Bad As It Sounds

Published: 
Sat, 12/07/2013 - 6:21pm
Category: 
Chemicals

Shanghai is notorious for its terrible air quality, but the smog in this Chinese metropolis just hit absurd levels.

News

South Los Angeles residents fuming over oil field

Published: 
Thu, 10/24/2013 - 7:55pm
Category: 
Chemicals

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.

News

Regulators move to shut down battery recycling plant

Published: 
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 8:29pm
Category: 
Chemicals

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.