A ‘catch’ in carbon catching

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is telling us that to prevent the worst effects of climate change, the warming ceiling should be no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C) and that carbon entering the atmosphere through anthropogenic causes, not only can this not continue, but much if not all of that which is … Read more

California high-speed rail: Auditor’s report: Challenges, yes, but not unconquerable

Whether people realize it or not, California’s high-speed rail system is too important to emissions-reduction in state. It is a key component in the state emissions-reduction effort. And it is critical the high-speed rail project is built correctly. In fact, it was in the “Restoring unity, order, smarts, meaning, sanity and balance in the space … Read more

EPA Cleaner Trucks Initiative proposal scheduled for 2020 release

The below Nov. 13, 2018 press release is from the Diesel Technology Forum “The new Cleaner Trucks Initiative announced today sets the vision for the heavy-duty diesel engines of the future as high-value assets which help achieve our nation’s future energy and clean air goals while also expanding economic growth. Diesel has always been a … Read more

Proposed new leapfrog-style development project in San Diego County challenged

On Sept. 7, 2018 in “Decision issued against Grapevine development – a near billion-a-year extra travel miles avoided,” some of what was written was: “Separating – and situated between – Los Angeles and Bakersfield are the Tehachapi Mountains. Proposed for the region between was an 8,000-acre development known as Grapevine. The development, to have been … Read more

Keystone XL pipeline U.S. forward-progress momentum on hold … for now

The below Nov. 8, 2018 press release is from the Sierra Club. A federal judge ruled today that the Trump administration violated bedrock U.S. environmental laws when approving a federal permit for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. The judge blocked any construction on the pipeline and ordered the government to revise its … Read more

British Columbia loses $1 billion a year in fossil fuel subsidies

The below Nov. 6, 2018 media release is from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby British Columbia and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. It’s money that we can’t afford to lose—and money that is slowing our transition to a clean-energy economy. British Columbians forgo over $1 billion annually that promote the development and use … Read more

Will railroad, neighbor settle diesel-emissions-related dispute? Time will tell

There is a to-do astir, a dust-up if you prefer, in Pennsylvania’s Kutztown borough. It mostly has to do with one resident’s complaint directed at the neighbor, in this case, that neighbor being a railroad company, a section of whose track(s) lies in relative close proximity to the home the seemingly perturbed resident resides in. … Read more

More houses, longer grass-growing season means more lawn mowing

Half of Americans live in suburbia. And, for those that do, in the abodes, humble or otherwise, that we call home, attached are typically front-, back- and for some, side-yards. As such, a person could conclude, these green spaces go with the territory. Adding to this I contend, size-wise, in a front-to-back-yard comparison, the yards … Read more

93% of children globally breathe noxious air each day, WHO says

Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air. A … Read more

CRR, that’s code for carbon removal and reuse. Good idea? Will it work?

There is nothing wrong with having ideas, visions. Even better when ideas are turned into materials, products or processes that are practical, useful, can make life easier and provide for better quality of life. In fact, I encourage such creative if not inspired thought and follow-through. One of the more recent ideas has come to … Read more