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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation's climate policy.

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One area where most of Hawaii scores well compared to many other locations in the world is air quality. It’s an increasing focus for many cities in the Asia Pacific, and in one place residents are actually suing the government.

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Members of U.S. Forces Korea can now wear masks to guard against air pollution. That’s a new policy, and it shows just how bad conditions have gotten on the Korean peninsula.

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A new report out this week from the United Nations shows growing concern about air pollution. The problem is getting markedly worse in many areas — especially in parts of Asia.

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South Korea is wrapping up a difficult period for air quality. Earlier this week, some measures of air pollution in the national capital hit their worst levels in several years. And something else is in the air: politics.

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Air pollution has been an increasing problem for nearly two months in Thailand’s capital. Conditions have become so bad that public schools closed for more than a week, and top government officials were summoned to court to testify about it.

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Some public schools on the mainland have closed in recent days because of severely cold weather. In Thailand’s capital, every public school in the city is closed for the rest of the week — for a very different reason.

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It’s already been a bad week for air quality in South Korea — and it’s only Tuesday.

For the third day in a row, emergency measures are in place in the national capital because of pollution, and the problem is also taking a political twist. 

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We’re about a month away from President Trump’s scheduled meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While residents in South Korea are closely watching developments, a survey shows they also have some surprising attitudes when it comes to their neighbors to the north. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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India’s capital city remains under a cloud of toxic pollution. The air has been so thick in recent days that flights have been cancelled, construction has been suspended, and trucks have been forced off the road. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As many residents of Hawai‘i know from Chinese New Year celebrations, a long night of fireworks can lead to smoky skies. That’s especially true if there’s no wind. And that’s of particular concern this week in India—which celebrates an important holiday today. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Thousands of people recently demonstrated in the streets of Taiwan’s largest city. The protest had nothing to do with relations with Beijing, or jobs, or political reform. But it is linked to one of Taiwan’s other continuing challenges. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Residents of many parts of China started the New Year as they ended the old one: choking on air pollution. That includes people in the nation’s capital—who face increasing air quality challenges in 2017. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Measurements of air quality across Hawai‘i rarely dip below “moderate.” The most common reading of monitors around the islands from the Department of Health’s Clean Air Branch is “good.” But in the capital of India, it’s a very different story—especially in recent days. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Air pollution in China is a familiar story. The focus is usually on the outdoors—centering on emissions from factories and the burning of fossil fuels. But according to a new survey, there’s also a growing problem indoors. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wildfires in Canada are blowing smoky air into parts of the United States this week. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air pollution health advisory over the weekend because of smoke coming from Ontario. In Asia, there’s a big debate in many countries about how much air pollution blows in from Mainland China. But in Taiwan, there’s a new movement to reduce homegrown air pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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India’s capital city has some of the worst air pollution in the world—even worse than Beijing. This week, authorities in New Delhi will evaluate an experiment that began with the start of the New Year. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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World leaders are continuing to discuss what to do about climate change. But as they meet this week in Paris, there are reminders in several Asian capitals about the challenges countries are facing.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The return of the trade winds should help dissipate the recent vog lingering over some of the islands. When it comes to air pollution and Asia - most people immediately think of Beijing and other major cities in China.  That’s understandable, but the worst air in the world is actually elsewhere in Asia—and it’s raising a new level of concern.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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For more than two months, we’ve been telling you about the increasing air quality problems choking Southeast Asia. This week, the situation has gotten so severe that the President of Indonesia cut short a trip to the United States and is considering declaring a state of emergency. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While normal trade wind patterns continue over the Hawaiian Islands this week, those breezes would be welcome in parts of East Asia.  The haze in Southeast Asia has been a focus of recent attention, but now concerns have moved north. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Haze is a seasonal problem across much of Southeast Asia.  Illegal fires in Indonesia are the main cause - often associated with palm oil plantations.  But now a different kind of haze issue is stretching across some skies in South Korea.

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One of the many reasons to be grateful for Hawai‘i’s trade winds is that they keep vog away from residents north and west of the Big Island. But in some parts of the world, problems of hazy skies need more than trade winds as a solution. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

There is no school in Singapore today.

It’s not a national holiday---it’s a health precaution.

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The return of the trade winds has helped to push some of that recent humid air away from the islands. The trade wind patterns also help keep vog away from most island residents. But in Southeast Asia, a different kind of haze is disrupting life for thousands of people.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute. 

Clearing the Air in India

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A country with some of the worst air pollution in the world will start to measure how bad things really are. The country is India and HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Forecasters say the vog that has settled over much of the islands may linger through at least part of the weekend. And while local residents may complain about the lack of trade winds, it’s lucky we don’t live in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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 Earlier this week, authorities in Hong Kong cleared the last of the protest barricades from city streets. The demonstrations may be over for the time being, but they also produced some unexpected results. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Air pollution remains a problem in many parts of Asia. While most coverage tends to focus on China, another country in the region has an even worse problem, and is now trying to do something about it. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Recent storms across parts of Asia have had one side effect: washing out some air pollution. But the effects are only temporary. And in Hong Kong, a new report shows air quality remains a concern. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Governments have come up with a variety of policy proposals to try and combat global warming. One idea involves using taxes to discourage companies from releasing airborne pollution. But an Asia Pacific country that led the way in this direction has now changed course. HPR’s bill dorman explains in today’s asia minute.

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  The skies of Honolulu and elsewhere across the islands have long since cleared from Friday night’s fireworks. But in China, Beijing has been suffering some of its worst air pollution in months. And authorities have come up with some new ideas to try to improve the situation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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