Air Quality

Two walking near Great Salt Lake, with dusty air in horizon...
MATTHEW DALY Associated Press

EPA awards grants to monitor air quality in 37 states, including Utah

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded grants for projects to monitor air quality in 37 states, with a focus on minority communities and other areas overburdened by pollution. A total of 132 projects will receive $53 million to enhance air quality monitoring near chemical plants, refineries and other industrial sites. The grants announced Thursday are part of a commitment by the Biden administration to focus on environmental justice in communities adversely affected by decades of industrial pollution. Eight projects being funded are in neighborhoods that EPA Administrator Michael Regan visited last year on what he calls a "Journey to Justice" tour of communities plagued by long-term pollution.
28 days ago
A temperature inversion traps and fills Utah valley with thick smog as seen from Traverse Mountain ...
Brooke Williams

Up to $4,300 offered for Utahns to replace wood stove, fireplace heating

Wood stove and fireplace conversion project opens registration soon for eligible residents to receive financial compensation to upgrade their home heating systems.
30 days ago
An image of the inversion from the east bench of Salt Lake County. (Jed Boal/KSL TV)...
Cary Schwanitz

Air-clearing restrictions on fireplaces begin next week

It’s that time of year again when an unhealthy inversion can leave a cloud of pollution hanging over the Wasatch Front.
1 month ago
Rocky Mountain Power hosted an all-electric vehicle auto show Tuesday. (KSL TV)...
Jed Boal

‘We’re right at that spot where it’s about to take off’: This might be the time for EVs

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding electric vehicles these days, and more of them on Utah roads. Rocky Mountain Power hosted an electric vehicle car show Tuesday to show off the latest options.
2 months ago
A school classroom with chairs and desks...
Brooke Williams

Project to provide air purifiers in Utah K-12 classrooms

Cleaner air improves student performance, decreases COVID transmission and school absenteeism. New project provides air purifiers for classrooms in Utah.
3 months ago
smoke settling in rocky mountains...
Nouran Salahieh, CNN

Air quality worsens as 94 fires burn across Western US, Kay weakens

There are currently 94 large, active fires burning across eight states in the West, threatening local air quality.
3 months ago
Smoky skies in the Salt Lake valley seen from the Huntsman Center. (Photo by Alexis Williams)...
MORGAN LEE Associated Pres

US restarts burns of forest fuel, paused after runaway blaze

The U.S. government is resuming prescribed burning of National Forest lands across the nation to clear brush and small trees after a three-month pause to review and respond to climate change and risks of runaway wildfires.
3 months ago
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Cary Schwanitz

Cooler temperatures moving into Utah along with smokey skies

The heatwave that brought record-setting temperatures all across Utah is finally gone. The trade-off is parts of Utah will see smokey skies.
3 months ago
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Josh Ellis, Jed Boal and Ladd Egan, KSL TV

UDOT chooses gondola to address Little Cottonwood Canyon congestion

The Utah Department of Transportation has elected to install a gondola to address congestion issues in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
3 months ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

UTA ridership spikes during ‘Free Fare February’

Utahns could not resist the pull of a free ride on UTA trains and busses during the “Free Fare February” experiment, according to a just-completed report.
8 months ago
FILE --  Armin Wisthaler, an assistant professor at the University of Innsbruck, in Austria, makes ...
MARK THIESSEN Associated Presss

Air pollution in Alaska holds key information for other Arctic climates

In the pristine expanse of Alaska's interior lies a dirty secret: some of the most polluted winter air in the United States can be found in and around Fairbanks.
8 months ago
FILE -- Levels of air pollution well below what is considered safe by the US Environmental Protecti...
SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

Dramatic drop in pollution during pandemic vanishes in puff of carbon dioxide smoke

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The dramatic drop in carbon dioxide emissions from the pandemic lockdown has pretty much disappeared in a puff of coal-fired smoke, much of it from China, a new scientific study found. A group of scientists who track heat-trapping gases that cause climate change said the first nine months of this year […]
1 year ago
President Joe Biden and First lady Jill Biden are received by Msgr Leonardo Sapienza, Regent of the...
ELLEN KNICKMEYER, ZEKE MILLER and JOSH BOAK Associated Press

Biden cites ‘overwhelming obligations’ of US on climate

In a markedly more humble tone for a U.S. leader, President Joe Biden acknowledged at a U.N. summit Monday that the United States and other energy-gulping developed nations bear much of the responsibility for climate change.
1 year ago
Smoky air in downtown Salt Lake City. (SLC Fire/Twitter)...
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

PHOTOS: Air Quality Hits Unhealthy Levels As Wildfire Smoke Moves In

Smoke from California and Oregon wildfires has hit Utah, dropping air quality to some of the worst conditions we've seen in a while.
1 year ago
Caroline Gleich is "Everesting" at Brighton Ski Resort, which means she skis and climbs repeatedly ...
Felicia Martinez, KSL TV

Utah Woman ‘Everesting’ To Raise Money For Clean Air

Caroline Gleich is "Everesting" at Brighton Ski Resort, which means she skis and climbs repeatedly up the Great Western side of the resort until she hits the total elevation of Mt. Everest.
2 years ago
FILE: The winter inversion traps pollutants in the Salt Lake Valley (KSL TV)...
Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

UCAIR: Utahns Can Make A Difference In Air Quality ‘If We All Join Together’

Utahns can make a difference in the air quality - especially when everyone joins together to do it, experts say.
2 years ago
FILE: Inversion traps pollution in Salt Lake Valley (Photo: Chopper 5)...
Shara Park and Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

UCAIR: Doctor Encourages Utahns To Limit Driving To Help Air Quality

Poor air quality is unhealthy for everyone, which is why the Utah Clean Air Partnership is working to raise awareness of what it could do to our health - and the changes we need to make.
2 years ago
Inversion in Salt Lake Valley (Chopper 5)...
Dan Spindle and Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

Show ‘UCAIR’ About Utah’s Air This Winter

The Utah Clean Air Partnership, or UCAIR, is asking everyone in the state to make small changes to clear the air. 
2 years ago
The Wasatch Front inversion could make COVID-19 symptoms worse. (Jed Boal, KSL TV)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Studies: Air Pollution From Utah Inversions Can Complicate COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads in Utah, air pollution is emerging as a factor that can make the virus worse. New studies show air pollution predisposes Utahns to a worse attack by the virus.
2 years ago
A temperature inversion traps and fills Utah valley with thick smog as seen from Traverse Mountain ...
Morgan Wolfe, KSL TV

EPA: Wasatch Front Winter Air ‘Cleanest In A Decade’

The Environmental Protection Agency said  the Wasatch Front is seeing the cleanest winter air in more than a decade. The state invested millions of dollars in taxpayer money to address pollution and now it appears to be paying off.
2 years ago
FILE: Salt Lake City inversion on Dec. 3, 2019...
Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

Seasonal Wood Burning Restrictions Begin Nov. 1

Wood burning restrictions will begin Nov. 1, according to a statement from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. 
2 years ago
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Jed Boal, KSL TV

Utah Scientists Receive Grant To Test Real-Time Air Pollution Warning System

A team of Utah scientists has received a grant to design and test a real-time air pollution warning system for schools, and other places where cars idle. They hope it will encourage people to shut off their cars when they can.
2 years ago
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Aley Davis, KSL TV

Simple Steps You Can Take to Improve Utah Air Quality and Protect Your Health

The summer ozone season can be just as dangerous as the winter inversion, especially on really hot days, but there are simple changes Utahns can make every day to improve air quality.
2 years ago
Summer ozone adversely affects Utah's air quality....
Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

Summer Ozone Affects Air Quality In Less Visual Way Than Winter Inversion

It's easy to discuss air quality in the winter when the inversion traps pollution in the Salt Lake Valley, but the summer ozone levels also adversely affect air quality - it's just not as visual.
2 years ago
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