Air Pollution

Smoggy Air

4th Straight Spare-The-Air Alert Issued For Thursday

The fourth consecutive “Winter Spare the Air” alert has been issued for Thursday.


Fires For Cooking Are Exempt From Bay Area Christmas Eve Wood Burning Ban (Cate Gillon/Getty Images)

What Are The Rules, Fines, And Exceptions To Christmas Eve Fireplace Wood Burning Ban?

With an unpopular “Spare the Air” advisory in place today banning all burning in fireplaces, outdoor fire pits and more, many Bay Area residents are looking for ways around the rules. Here they are.


Smoggy Air

9th Straight Spare-The-Air Alert Issued

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the alert — its 13th since the district’s Winter Spare the Air season began Nov. 1.


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Bay Area’s 1st Spare-The-Air Alert Of Season Issued For Monday

The first Spare the Air alert of the winter season has been issued for Monday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.


Rim Fire

Rim Fire Sends Dense Smoke Into Yosemite Valley

For the first time since a wildfire broke out around Yosemite National Park, dense smoke has begun to obscure the region’s majestic mountain views


President Barack Obama speaks on climate change on June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

California Lawmakers Applaud As Obama Takes Aim At Climate Change

President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.


Firefighters battle a wildfire. (CBS)

Late Spare-The-Air Notice Issued As Wildfires Impact Air Quality

Wildfires, high temperatures and light winds have caused air quality in Northern California to deteriorate and prompted Bay Area officials to declare Friday the first Spare the Air Day of the 2013 season.


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Spare The Air Day Declared For Monday

This winter’s string of Spare the Air Days will continue Monday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Sunday.


Port Of Oakland

Port of Oakland Truckers Get More Aid Ahead Of Emissions Deadline

The program’s ultimate goal is to reduce the cancer risk for people who work and live in the port area, which is as much as 3 times greater than the rest of the Bay Area.


(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Bay Area Spare The Air Alert Issued For 4th Straight Day

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Friday afternoon that air quality is expected to continue to be unhealthy and that burning wood, firelogs or any solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors, will be illegal all day Saturday.