Purchase-commitment made by American Airlines for 100 ZeroAvia hydrogen-powered engines

Fort Worth, Texas, and Everett, Washington; July 2, 2024 American Airlines today announced that it has entered into a conditional purchase agreement with clean aviation innovator ZeroAvia for 100 hydrogen-electric engines intended to power regional jet aircraft with zero inflight emissions save for water vapor. In addition, American has increased its investment in ZeroAvia. American … Read more

Extensive Port of Long Beach rail-yard-expansion project will improve area air quality

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and officials from across the nation on Thursday [Jul. 18, 2024] attended a historic groundbreaking ceremony for “America’s Green Gateway,” the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, a $1.567 billion endeavor that will define the future of cargo movement at the Port of Long Beach. About 500 people gathered … Read more

Nature-based solutions to disaster risk from climate change found to be cost effective, UMass Amherst study confirms

A new global assessment of scientific literature led by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that nature-based solutions (NbS) are an economically effective method to mitigate risks from a range of disasters—from floods and hurricanes to heatwaves and landslides—which are only expected to intensify as Earth continues to warm. NbS are interventions where an … Read more

Forklifts to become cleaner, greener in California

RIVERSIDE – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today [Jun. 27, 2024] passed a new regulation that will phase out the operation of large spark-ignited (LSI) forklifts in California and spur the use of zero-emissions alternatives. LSI forklifts are a source of criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases, particularly in parts of the state that continue … Read more

Formosa Plastics required to follow new federal air pollution regs. designed to protect public health

ST. JAMES PARISH, LA — Formosa Plastics wants to build a massive petrochemical complex with 14 facilities that make single-use plastic products. Even though the facility is not yet built, the company must renew its operating permits under Title V of the Clean Air Act. Since Formosa Plastics last applied for these permits in 2020, … Read more

Renewable diesel fueling Amtrak California locos. In FY2023, 2M R-D gallons consumed

Emissions-reductions’ the word! Pollutant emissions in California have been on the retreat for quite some time now. And, for good reason. According to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, in 2023 just in the Valley alone, 8,492 tons of fine particulates (PM2.5), 10,383 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 7,179 tons of … Read more

Valley Rail will connect San Jose and Merced

STOCKTON, CA – June 20, 2024 – This week representatives of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA), and South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) officially broke ground on the Lathrop Wye Box Culvert (Box Culvert) project, marking the first major step in the construction phase of the … Read more

Liquid-battery technology advances

As California transitions rapidly to renewable fuels, it needs new technologies that can store power for the electric grid. Solar power drops at night and declines in winter. Wind power ebbs and flows. As a result, the state depends heavily on natural gas to smooth out highs and lows of renewable power. “The electric grid … Read more

Led by UMass Amherst, new research finds non-native animals, plants expanding ranges 100 times faster than native species

“Essentially, there’s no chance for native species to keep up with climate change without human help.” (Bethany Bradley, Professor of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst) An international team of scientists has recently found that non-native species are expanding their ranges many orders of magnitude faster than native ones, in large part due to inadvertent human … Read more

CO2 capture at 2X capacity with costs halved, touts Swiss DAC tech firm

Climeworks is future-proofing its technology for scaling globally to gigaton carbon removals by using the latest research and development findings in its filter materials and plant design. At its annual Carbon Removal Summit in Zurich, Climeworks showcases the success of its Generation 3 direct air capture (DAC) technology: doubling CO₂ capture capacity per module, halving … Read more