Reuters blog archive

from Changing China:

The Battle for Beijing’s Air (video)

CHINA-TRAFFIC/On the first day of the Copenhagen climate change summit, Beijingers were experiencing what authorities called a 'slightly polluted' day.

Air quality in the capital has improved, thanks in part to the movement of factories elsewhere and new traffic restrictions first experimented with ahead of last year's Olympics.

from Environment Forum:

Air pollution permits back on track in Southern California

California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is working to burnish his green legacy in the Golden State. But one of his latest moves to lift a hold on air pollution permit applications is not likely to make environmentalists happy.

The governor signed a bill late Sunday that allows the agency regulating air pollution along California's southern coast to start issuing more than 1,200 applications frozen by a state court decision in 2008.