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SoCal hit with worst smog in years as hot, stagnant weather brings surge in hospital visits

Published: 
Mon, 08/15/2016 (All day)

Southern California is experiencing its worst smog in years this summer as heat and stagnant weather increase the number of bad air days and drive up ozone pollution to levels not seen since 2009.

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Beijing's smog: When a scale of zero to 500 doesn't go high enough

Published: 
Thu, 12/03/2015 (All day)

In the space of an afternoon, Beijing vanished.

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From "Smogtown" to a model for the world?

Published: 
Wed, 11/04/2015 (All day)

The smell of smog makes me nostalgic. My Proustian madeleine moment is walking down the jet stairs to the tarmac at the Burbank airport on a warm day. That particular whiff of ozone and automobile exhaust combined with vaguely sweet overtones of citrus, chaparral, and hot asphalt gets me every time. I'm a kid again in the 1960s or 1970s, visiting my grandparents in Pasadena, when you couldn't see the San Gabriel Mountains from Vroman's Bookstore, which my grandfather owned and ran with his cousins.

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New federal EPA smog standard angers both sides of the issue

Published: 
Tue, 10/06/2015 (All day)

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency adopted a stricter smog limit Thursday that will force states to reduce emissions over the next decade, improving respiratory health for millions of people through pollution controls that will cost industry billions of dollars.

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China seeks to fight smog by brainstorm: All ideas welcome

Published: 
Mon, 09/22/2014 (All day)
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Energy

The city of Wuhan is considering building skyscrapers coated with a high-tech substance that can "eat" air pollutants. An artist is offering to suck particulates out of Beijing's dirty skies using a giant vacuum-cleaner-type device and sell jewelry made with the collected contaminants.