Air Quality

Ministers agree to work towards improving air quality countrywide by 2016

Lisa Cox State and territory governments have hammered out a plan to work towards a national agreement by 2016 to improve air quality in cities throughout the country

California and Mexico sign pact to battle climate change

California, Mexico reach out.

California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

'Crazy bad': Time for China to admit it has an environmental crisis

Under a toxic cloud.

Kate Galbraith China's pollution numbers are piling up, and they're scarier all the time. Nearly one-fifth of farmland is polluted, an official government study found in April, and so is three-fifths of China's...

US launches climate change website to reveal local impacts

President Barack Obama wants Americans to see how climate change will remake their own backyards - and to make it as easy as opening a web-based app.

Green group refocuses on national issues after funding cut

Beau Donelly Victoria’s green legal centre will turn to national environmental battles in the wake of losing its federal government funding.

WHO most polluted cities list sees New Delhi smog trump Beijing

The World Health Organization has named the world's most polluted cities - and the worst has three times the pollution of Beijing.

Warm start to winter ahead as May temperatures set record

Beachy weather to continue a while longer.

Peter Hannam Sydney is all but certain to smash long-term temperature records for May, with the start of winter also likely to see unusually warm weather.

Record May warm spell tipped to go for another week

Warm weather. Manly Beach.

Peter Hannam Shoppers who are putting off buying that winter jacket or boots can delay a while longer with forecasters tipping that Sydneysiders are in store for another week of exceptionally mild weather.

Bushfires make hazy, lazy days of toxic summer

Smoke over Sydney.

Ben Grubb, Peter Hannam Pollution soared four times higher than levels deemed hazardous and hundreds of fire alarms went off, in one case stranding train passengers, as thick haze from bushfires engulfed the city on...

Chinese companies found to be in frequent breach of emissions limits

Steel factories and thermal power plants in eastern China frequently exceed national standards, according to a study led by an environmental group in Beijing.

Hot day prompts Sydney air pollution alert

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Sydneysiders are being urged to avoid the outdoors due to air pollution caused by high ozone levels.

California in grip of 'worst drought in 500 years'

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The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state's drinking water supply.

Environment: Call to improve state's health

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Tom Arup Victoria should overhaul its energy supply and change its approach to planned burns as part of efforts to stop worrying declines in the state's environmental health.

Beijing 'barely suitable' for life as heavy pollution shrouds China's capital

China's pollution

Pollution in Beijing was stuck at unhealthy levels for the sixth straight day, prompting warnings for people to stay indoors as thick grey smog shrouded the capital a week before the annual meeting...

China tries to cut pollution in 'Beige-jing'

Beijing unveiled yet another slew of measures to curb a choking pollution problem, including limiting the number of new vehicles on the roads and closing or upgrading the facilities of 1,200...

Bushfires threaten Sydney's western suburbs: NSW Rural Fire Service issues emergency warnings

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More than 50 fires across NSW; four emergency warnings in Sydney's west Two homes burnt; two firefighters injured Cranebrook school evacuated; University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury campus closed...

Shanghai residents warned for seventh day about heavy pollution

Smog in China

Shanghai warned children and the elderly to stay indoors for at least a seventh day this month, intensifying pressure on local authorities to control the worst smog since government monitoring began...

Coal killing Hunter, residents say

HUNTER VALLEY COAL MINES.?

Natalie O'Brien It is one of the most beautiful and productive regions in the country, dotted with award-winning wineries, famous horse studs, olive groves and beef and dairy farms.

Outdoor air pollution leading cancer cause: WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified outdoor air pollution as a leading cause of cancer in humans.

Smoke triggers health alert

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Lucy Carroll, Peter Hannam Health authorities are bracing for an increase in hospital admissions and sickness as Sydney's air quality drops to levels not seen since the Red Dawn dust storms four years ago.