Continued planet warming predicted; natural variation, human influence named likely contributing factors

The below Jul. 8, 2020 press release is from the World Meteorological Organization. The annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20% chance that it will exceed 1.5°C in at least one year, according … Read more

Adopted rule calls for 300,000 non-polluting trucks, vans on California roads by 2035

In 2014 on American roadways, a total 3.0257 trillion vehicle miles of travel were recorded. Of that amount, 169.83 billion miles that year were tallied in heavy-duty trucks.1 Assuming the calculation is correct, that’s 5.612 percent. In California in 2014, meanwhile, driving miles totaled 332.8572 billion or 11 percent of the 3.0257 trillion total miles … Read more

A win for air, environment, people in San Diego. Keep the successes coming!

The below Jun. 15, 2020 press release is from the Sierra Club. Late last week, the Sierra Club and six other environmental groups won an important case involving the County of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan. The opinion explained in detail why the greenhouse gas mitigation measure was unenforceable. In addition to agreeing with the … Read more

Big boost in EV ‘adoption’ could improve air quality, spark economic/jobs growth, in California, group insists

“Dedicated high-speed rail dollars kept in the Valley will simply go farther,” the Air Quality Matters blog post of Jun. 14th, showed how $4.2 billion in state rail bonds, in being applied to construction work in California’s San Joaquin Valley, could be a tremendous asset where hiring, stimulating local economies and improving area and state … Read more

With older, gas-fired appliance use unhealthy air in homes is oftentimes found

Natural gas. It is used to dry our clothes, cook our food, heat our water and warm our homes. All true. But, from an air quality standpoint, how clean-burning or unhealthy are the gas-fired appliances that we use? Many, apparently, just don’t make the grade. As far as unhealthy indoor air quality from natural gas-powered … Read more

What will it be surface-transport profile-wise, once the pandemic ends? – 2

So, let’s explore this idea some more. Part 1 can be read here. Speaking of which, in the earlier installment it was duly pointed out that sold in the U.S. each year are approximately 17 million new cars with at least 850,000 of those, or five percent, being of the zero-emissions-vehicle variety. Post-pandemic, will that … Read more

Toxic air U.S.: Levels in nine western cities at record high, 150 million affected

If you thought air in the United States was dirtier than it’s been at any other time in the country’s recorded history, that is, before the Corona Virus outbreak, then this wasn’t your imagination running wild. The point is this is fact! And, if you believed the air in nine cities in the west experienced … Read more

Battery-powered railroading: On the cusp of a train-propulsion-technology revolution?

Sometimes people mistake a locomotive for a train but there is no mistaking a train for a locomotive. And just like a locomotive isn’t a train and a train isn’t a locomotive, there should be no confusing steam with diesel-electric with diesel-hydraulic with straight electric with hydrogen (fuel-cell-electric) locomotive power. The type of energy supply … Read more

Environmental Protection Network response to clean-car rules-rollback decisive; warns action threatens planet, public health, jobs

It is no surprise that news of the Trump administration’s action to loosen the U.S.’s clean car standards would spark criticism, outcry, response. As the Environmental Protection Network noted, “‘The Trump administration’s rollback of President Obama’s historic Clean Car Standards is an environmental and economic disaster,’ said EPN member Jeff Alson, who served as a … Read more

With finalized revised car rules expect smaller fuel-efficiency gain, no air-cleansing effect

The Trump administration finalized a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles today. The revised standards will maintain dangerous levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers more at the gas pump without making the nation’s roads safer. The administration’s final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles rule, or so-called “SAFE” rule, is a … Read more