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Smoggy Air

Smog, Smoke, Heat Trigger Spare The Air Alert For Monday

A Spare the Air smog alert has been issued for Monday due to unhealthy levels of smog and smoke in the air, and residents are being advised both to limit their exposure to the unhealthy conditions and avoid making them worse.

08/16/2015

A plume of smoke from the Jerusalem Fire in Lake County. (CBS)

Wildfire Smoke Blankets Bay Area But Vehicle Exhaust Is Main Culprit In Sunday’s Spare The Air Alert

Smoke from Northern California wildfires hung over the Bay Area on Saturday and a Spare the Air alert was issued for Sunday, though officials said it was ozone — not smoke — that prompted the warning.

08/15/2015

USA, California, San Francisco, city skyline at dawn, elevated view (Getty Images)

Heat Wave Prompts Season’s First Spare the Air Day

As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer’s first Spare the Air Day has been called for Tuesday.

07/27/2015

Earthjustice bee

Weekend Magazine: Earth’s Lawyer, Book Lovers’ Dream, And Youth Speaks

You can listen to the broadcast of Weekend Magazine with KCBS Public Affairs Director Liz Saint John every Sunday morning from 3:00am-4:00am and again from 5:00am-6:00am on KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM. […]

04/29/2015

The San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear power plants. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Seems Divided Over EPA Mercury Limits

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration’s first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

03/26/2015

Smoggy Air

Sunday Marks Bay Area’s 22nd Spare The Air Alert This Season

The alert puts into effect a ban on burning wood, manufactured fire logs and other solid fuels for 24 hours.

01/25/2015

Smoggy Air

Bay Area’s 4th Straight Spare The Air Alert Issued For Monday

The 10th Winter Spare the Air Alert this season has been issued for Monday.

01/04/2015

Chevron Refinery Flare

Chevron Agrees To Let County Officials Oversee Probe Into Flaring Incident At Richmond Refinery

Chevron will meet with Contra Costa Health Services and Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials on a weekly basis to provide status updates on the investigation.

12/30/2014

Flames seen illuminating the steam cloud during a flare-up on December 18th, 2014 (CBS)

Richmond Official Blasts Chevron For Calling Huge Flare At Plant ‘Routine’

Supervisor John Goia said the series of flares were an emergency reaction to something that went wrong at the plant.

12/19/2014

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009. Dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. (NASA)

Mysterious Sources Of Methane Viewed From Space Makes Central California 2nd Worst ‘Hot Spot’ In Nation

A small hot spot in California’s Central Valley is likely the second largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States, according to a new study of satellite data.

10/09/2014

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