air quality

The Trump administration can expect a litigious confrontation with California after it announced a review of fuel efficiency rules for cars and trucks.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, state officials have made clear California won't back down from pursuing its own course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


You might not think of nurses as being mindful of the effects of climate change.  But it turns out they see its impact every day, as a result of our changing environment.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has the story.

California air regulators are accusing another carmaker of building vehicles that pollute above legal limits, but not during emissions tests.  The state Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA both cited Fiat-Chrysler yesterday (Thursday), as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford report.


Diesel Volkswagen owners across California will soon begin choosing whether to get rid of their cars, or bring them in for repairs.  A federal judge in San Francisco recently approved a nearly $15-billion settlement for the carmaker's emissions scandal.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports on the decision now facing many thousands of VW diesel owners.

A pair of new reports shows that California industries could save billions of dollars on their power bills by moving toward greater energy efficiencies, which would help the state comply with the Clean Power Plan.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

A new study finds that California's "cap and trade" program has failed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the state's low-income and minority communities.  Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday that he hopes will alleviate that,  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California will further slash greenhouse gas emissions after Gov. Jerry Brown singed legislation yesterday (Thursday) to extend the nation's most ambitious climate change law.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, Brown hopes it sends a message across the country.

A new report called “Gasping for Breath” by the Clean Air Task Force says by 2025, air pollution from oil and gas facilities in California will cause more than 12,000 summertime asthma attacks in children under 18.   KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The California Legislature has passed new emissions targets for greenhouse gases in California.  In this story from The California Report's Katie Orr, Governor Jerry Brown cites air quality in the Inland Empire as one reason he'll sign the bill, even though he didn't get everything he wanted from the legislation. 

The oil industry's lead advocate at the California Capitol says the industry supports Governor Jerry Brown's effort to extend the state's fight against climate change - but only with some significant changes.  And she's downplaying Brown's threat to take the issue to voters if a deal isn't reached.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

A new poll shows Californians support the goals of the state's landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the poll also found that Californians want state and local governments to do more when it comes to the drought.

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The Inland Empire is notorious for having some of the worst air quality in Southern California.  The pollutants can cause asthma, lung disease, and heart problems.  The Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAMD) spoke about the changes that are in store for this region.

The American Lung Association "State of the Air" report says California has the most polluted air in the country.  But air quality is improving in some places, as Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

Enough methane poured out of the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility near the Porter Ranch community north of Los Angeles to make it the largest human-caused "point source" methane leak in U.S. history.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, those findings were published yesterday in the journal, "Science."

California regulators say they've found another 16-hundred Volkswagen vehicles designed to evade emissions tests.  That's in addition to the half-million the company has already admitted selling in the U.S.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down on diesel pollution from commercial trucks and buses in California.  The agency has already issued one fine, and says more will follow.  The EPA's actions have repercussions in the Inland Empire, where diesel trucks are pervasive amid the worst air quality of any other urban area in the state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The state agency leading California's efforts to fight climate change has drawn criticism from lawmakers of both parties for having too much unchecked authority.  Yesterday (Thursday) Governor Jerry Brown took a small step toward addressing that concern.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

Northern California and Nevada may need to ask for exemptions to a federal air quality rule the EPA is expected to issue this week.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, that conclusion is based on a NASA study released yesterday [Tuesday].

In response to Governor Jerry Browns executive order calling for a sustainable freight plan, California Agencies are discussing how to make the state's network of rail, highways and ports more efficient while protecting the environment.

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California lawmakers have advanced several measures intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

Relatively few of the cars on the road in California are responsible for most of the pollution.  Now the state is trying to do more to get them off the road.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on a pilot program announced yesterday (Wednesday).

New Report Says IE's Air Is The Worst

May 1, 2015

A new report out from the American Lung Association finds the Inland Empire's air quality is the nation's worst. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

California is already working to reduce its carbon footprint.  But new goals approved by a state Senate committee yesterday (Tuesday) would ramp up that effort.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday about whether the federal Environmental Protection Agency can require power plants to clean up their toxic emissions, as the coal industry and its supporters continue to challenge the EPA's standards for mercury and other airborne toxins.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more in this story from California News Service.

More rural, mountainous, and less-populated areas of California would likely exceed federal limits on smog-forming pollution under a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the agency held a public hearing this week in Sacramento on the tougher ozone standards.

CA Wants To Reduce Greehouse Gases From Rice Farms

Dec 19, 2014

Did you know that California farms that grow rice -- a major agricultural export crop -- produce greenhouse gases?  State air quality authorities are thinking about enticing farmers to help cut greenhouse gases by allowing them to participate in the state's "Cap and Trade" program.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

"Green" Buildings Reduce Some Emissions, But Not All

Dec 16, 2014

A new UC  Berkeley study shows that so called "green" buildings do reduce a variety of greenhouse gas emissions, but don't yet fare so well in reducing one of the biggest sources of emissions in California.  Capitol Public Radio Network's Amy Quinton reports.