Transpo. tech.: The ways less traveled – Part 2

The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) came to a conclusion on Nov. 20, 2022 after convening for a total of 14 days. If global warming is to be limited to a 1.5 degree Celsius rise by the end of the century compared to what the global mean surface temperature was when the Industrial Revolution … Read more

In climate-fix catch-up mode: COP27 ends on high note

The below Nov. 20, 2022 press release is from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 closed today with a breakthrough agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters. “This outcome moves us forward,” said Simon Stiell, UN Climate Change … Read more

Revised data shows Calif. met 2020 GHG-reduction goal 6 years early, not 4 years early as previously thought

Revised data shows California reached its GHG emissions-reduction goal in 2014; not in 2016, as previously thought. The change was explained in the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board’s “2020 saw steepest drop in carbon pollution due to the pandemic,” Oct. 26, 2022 news release as follows: “[T]he 2022 Edition of the [Global Warming … Read more

UNEP shines spotlight on climate preparedness in new report

The below Oct. 27, 2022 press release is from the United Nations Environment Programme.* As intensifying climate impacts across the globe hammer home the message that greenhouse gas emissions must fall rapidly, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report finds that the international community is still falling far short of the Paris [Agreement] goals, with … Read more

Review: ‘Burning Questions: Covering Climate Now’

So, what’s it like to listen to frontlines climate-change reporters give their views on climate-change matters? It isn’t every day that we get to hear accounts from these specialists in the field of climate reporting, climate journalism. Well, for all those who tuned into last evening’s televised PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) broadcast of “Burning Questions: … Read more

EPA has till Dec. 10, 2024 to update soot, sulfur, nitrogen pollution limits

The below is from the Oct. 12, 2022 press release from the Center for Biological Diversity.* A federal judge approved a legal agreement today requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to update measures protecting the environment from soot, sulfur and nitrogen air pollution by Dec. 10, 2024. “Under this agreement, the EPA can no longer skirt … Read more

Toxic lakebed dust: Worsening with climate change

Fallout: That’s nasty stuff. Well, that’s exactly what we’re talking about with wind-blown toxic lakebed dust. And, if that weren’t enough, conditions are being exacerbated by the effects of a changing climate. In order to fully understand what’s on the line here, we need to understand both the problem and its extent. Because of climate change coupled … Read more