Pollution

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.

05/03/2013

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Despite Improved Air Quality Statewide, Some East Bay Communities Can’t Breathe Easy

Despite a statewide report that says Californians are breathing cleaner air, some East Bay communities are still suffering from industry-related pollution levels.

04/18/2013

A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Toxic Vapors Seeping Up From Underneath Google Buildings

One of Silicon Valley’s dirty secrets is coming back to haunt Google with toxic vapors.

02/22/2013

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Money From California Carbon Auction Less Than Expected

The sale of California’s first pollution permits will generate less money than expected for the state budget.

11/21/2012

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California Officials Call Carbon Auction A Success

State regulators say California’s first auction of greenhouse gas emissions permits went smoothly, and all of the pollution permits available for 2013 were sold.

11/19/2012

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Calif. ‘Cap-And-Trade’ Unlikely To Spur Federal Emissions Cap Soon

California’s new system for limiting industrial greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon is not likely to spur a similar federal program anytime soon, but it might influence other states to follow suit.

11/15/2012

smokestack, pollution, global warming, emission, greenhouse gases

California Begins Auctioning Greenhouse Gas Permits

California has begun auctioning permits for greenhouse gas emissions, launching what is expected to be the world’s second-largest carbon market.

11/14/2012

The sun shines bright in the blue skies over the Bay Area. (CBS)

Spare The Air Day Declared For Saturday

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Saturday by Bay Area air quality officials. The alert, issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, means that air quality is expected to be poor and residents are advised to reduce driving and avoid outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day.

09/28/2012

Ocean Beach in San Francisco. (CBS)

Volunteers Head To Bay Area Beaches, Shorelines For Annual Cleanup

California Coastal Cleanup Day is expected to draw thousands of volunteers to Bay Area beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways Saturday morning.

09/14/2012

Big-rigs at the Port of Oakland. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Trucks Inspected For Violations At Port Of Oakland

The California Air Resources Board and the California Highway Patrol were both inspecting trucks at the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, as part of a month-long campaign to ensure compliance with California’s air pollution laws.

08/29/2012

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