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China plans to spend $275B to cut air pollution

China will spend $275 billion to tackle air pollution over the next five years, highlighting how the issue has become a priority for the leadership. Full story

Burst Appendix Linked to Ozone Air Pollution

High levels of ozone — a major component of smog — may increase the risk of a burst appendix, according to a new study from Canada. Full story

Singapore wants maps to help clear Indonesian haze

Singapore pressed Indonesia on Wednesday to share maps that could help make plantation companies accountable for setting fires that cause smog in neighboring countries. Full story

Car makers shrug off new China sale restrictions

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China plans to restrict vehicle sales in eight more cities to curb traffic congestion and pollution, but car manufacturers are not worried, since they expect organic growth in the world's biggest auto market to outweigh any restrictions. Full story

2 Million Deaths Yearly Worldwide Linked with Air Pollution

Air pollution may be responsible for more than 2 million deaths around the world each year, according to a new study. Full story

Mountain fire near Vegas burns 6 ranch structures

A massive mountain wildfire that cast a smoky pall over Las Vegas on Wednesday destroyed six structures at a desert ranch and left two people in the firefighting force with minor injuries, officials said. Full story

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Exxon, EPA say air quality at spill in Arkansas improving

Study finds no link between pollution and rheumatoid arthritis

Study finds no rheumatoid arthritis, pollution link

Ozone levels linked to cardiac arrest

Obama to name top EPA, Energy Department picks as early as this week

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  Air quality continues to improve

According to the American Lung Association’s ‘State of the Air’ report, 42 percent of Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution, but there has been progress in reducing overall particle pollution. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

  Concerns turn to weather and air quality after blast

Residents who live downwind from blast zone are asked to stay indoors due to fears of flammable chemicals in the air. KXAS' Ben Russell reports.

  4 simple ways to allergy-proof your home

As we prepare for an allergy season that’s expected to be even worse than normal, Lou Manfredini, host of “House Smarts,” is here to help you purify the air in your home with his four allergy-proofing tips.

  Former NJ governor: GOP has to change its message

Former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, R-N.J., who was the former EPA administrator, joins Daily Rundown guest host Chris Cillizza to talk about women in the Republican party, the role of nuclear energy and the GOP’s thoughts on nuclear energy and climate change.

  Beijing gets coated in rare spring snow

A rare early spring snow in Beijing helped improve the air quality in the city, which has been engulfed in haze recently. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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