Austin on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, will be breathing levels of ozone that could pose an unhealthy risk for some residents, according to a forecast released by state air quality officials.
With fewer cars on the road this spring, many air pollutants decreased, as expected in the Austin-area. At the same time, some air pollutants increased and scientists are working to find out why.
A review of Austin air quality by the Capital Area Council of Governments released earlier this year found that some harmful pollutants, like nitrogen dioxide and ground level ozone, did decrease in March and April. But the levels of other air pollutants, like fine particulate matter and carbon monoxide, actually increased in those early months of lockdown.
Travis County commissioners approved the county’s first-ever climate action plan, an initial step toward a collection of short and long-term goals to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and water use.
See how air and other pollution levels have changed since 1970
A new study shows air pollution particles can cause damage in the cells of the heart's critical pumping muscles, even in children as young as three-years-old.
Dust plumes blown in from the Sahara Desert in North Africa fuzzed up the skies over Austin and possibly bother people with respiratory problems. Here are five things to know.
Nine out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air and 7 million die every year from air pollution, according to the World Health Organization. Air quality mobile applications could mitigate these health risks by educating people and promoting preventive behavioral changes, a UCLA study found.
The agency’s annual air quality report found that last year saw an increase in the number of days that air pollution could have harmed sensitive populations.
The state-wide campaign wants to ensure that people are able to breathe in clean air when they're on the roads.
The Williamson County Commissioners Court committed up to $45,706 to the Capital Area Council of Governments Air Quality Program for air-quality data monitors during a May 14 meeting.
The severe drought that struck California from 2011 to 2015 had an obvious impact on rivers, forests, and wildlife. Now, a new study shows it also had some surprising effects on the state’s notorious air pollution, adding new wrinkles to the state’s efforts to clear the skies.
The city of Austin may soon lose its standing as the largest city in the nation that is in conformity with federal air quality standards.
Learn about a local electric bike shop, Mod Bikes in Austin, and from the shop's co-founder about electric bikes.
It took some doing, but Austin will see $16 million from Volkswagen AG's emissions control scandal fallout.
The Environmental Protection Agency has installed new members on a scientific advisory panel that guides the agency on air pollution -- and only one of them is an independent, academic scientist.
Air pollution is killing fewer people than it used to, according to a study published in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Journal Friday.
So far this year, at least 13 days were considered unsafe for breathing outside in San Antonio. President Donald Trump’s EPA notified San Antonio that it needs to clean up its air by lowering ozone, or smog, levels.
Bastrop and Elgin will soon become home to two air quality monitoring stations that will contribute to Central Texas’ system for measuring ground-level ozone levels.
Concentrations of ozone in many U.S. national parks are similar to levels in America’s largest metropolitan areas, according to a new study in Science Advances by researchers at Iowa State University and Cornell University
A large plume of dust from the Saharan Desert will make its way to Texas on Friday, producing hazy skies.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is kicking off the process of reviewing the nation’s ground-level ozone pollution standard, a project likely to take years. (courtesy of The Hill)
After a three-year absence, Texas is again offering rebates for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. Cars or trucks running on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas are eligible for $5,000. Texans who recently bought electric cars, plug-in hybrids or hydrogen fuel cell cars could get $2,500 in addition to federal subsidies of up to $7,500.
Many Texas cities are either exceeding or close to exceeding federal air quality standards because pollutant levels in their air are too high. That’s why TxDOT's “Drive Clean Texas” campaign is asking drivers to do their part to help improve and protect the air quality in Texas by reducing harmful vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution.
The American Lung Association has released their 2018 State of Air report grades U.S. counties on harmful ozone (smog) and particle pollution recorded over a three-year period, and details trends for metropolitan areas over the past decade. The report ranks also both the cleanest and most polluted areas in the country.
This coming Monday night, April 9, there will be an opportunity to provide public comment to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) on awarding over $400 million in transportation projects over the next four years, and we are asking for you to please consider coming to the meeting and voicing your support for funding for the Commute Solutions program. It is important that the CAMPO Policy Board members hear directly from members of the community why it’s important to use this opportunity to reinstate federal funding for the program. By helping commuters in Central Texas make transportation choices that maximize the efficiency of the existing transportation network and expand the use of alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles, the Commute Solutions program provides numerous community benefits, including reduced congestion, reduced air emissions, improved safety, and enhanced access to economic opportunities and social services. Learn more about the time and location:
Texas is expected to receive $209 million in air quality funds from a Volkswagen settlement but there are concerns about how much of those funds will benefit the Austin region. Learn more...
The TCEQ is accepting applications for the Texas Clean School Bus program. Texas school districts, charter schools and transportation systems provided by countywide school districts are invited to help Texas reduce air emissions from diesel-powered school buses.
Governor Greg Abbott has selected the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to be the lead agency for purposes of Texas’ participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust. This trust was established by the settlement of certain claims against Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche related to the car companies’ use of defeat devices to pass emission standard tests.
The EPA releases its annual report that presents the trends in the nation's air quality and summarizes the detailed information found on EPA's AirTrends website.