Renewables to the rescue: Beating a relentless path to clean-air’s door

It is not as if we did not already know humans are great at devising tools. We did. More of the very same as it applies to tools to determine and measure changes taking place in our atmosphere. Of this, we can be sure. Forget great, at that, we’re excellent. What we are not as … Read more

The finite and precious resource – air

Stepping outside the other evening I bore witness to an anomaly. Never before in my life had I seen anything like it: A red-colored ball on the western horizon. It was a celestial scene, the kind seen both in silver screen productions and television programs and presentations from the likes of your Gene Roddenbury’s and … Read more

Light rail transit: Gaining on the competition

With transportation once again emitting the largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions into America’s air, it is now more important than ever to significantly reduce these and other air-pollutant emissions. In 2016 transportation-sourced emissions, for the first time since 1978, had overtaken those from the energy sector in terms of yearly output as so-reported on … Read more

California transport-sector emissions climb despite GHG’s overall decline

Once more, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) gives the Golden State a “cleaner” bill of health. That’s fantastic news! The economy is strong, the ranks of the unemployed have dwindled and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are falling. From a high of 489 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) units in 2004 to 2016’s … Read more

Climate change/global warming course correction: It’s incumbent on us to get this right

Getting right to the point, if you are of the position – as many people are – that climate change (CC) and/or global warming (GW) are real and humans are to blame, do you agree that is it incumbent on us to take the necessary steps to make a climate course-correcting change? And, if it … Read more

New report stresses need to further limit soot, smog, climate pollution in America’s air

Right around this time last year, I put up the “Need to further reduce smog, soot, world-warming pollution in new report emphasized” post. Not good was the air-quality picture in the U.S. then. So, some of what I had conveyed in writing supporting that premise at that time was: “According to Environment America, people in … Read more

Legal opposition to Clean Power Plan temporarily suspended

Information below comes from the Environmental Defense Fund and was released June 26, 2018. (Image below from Tennessee Valley Authority). With serious reservations expressed by three judges, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has again issued a limited 60-day abeyance of litigation over the Clean Power Plan. The court also … Read more

Progress report: California reaches 2020 GHG target of 431 MMTCO2e

“’California’s GHG emissions have followed a declining trend since 2007,’ the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) emphasized in the Overview section of ‘California Greenhouse Gas Emissions for 2000 to 2015 – Trends of Emissions and Other Indicators,’ an adjunct or supplement to its ‘2017 Edition California GHG Emission Inventory’ document. ‘In 2015, … Read more

San Francisco transit-bus fleet to be wholly electrified by 2035

San Francisco, the “City by the Bay,” is the public transit epicenter of California. S.F. is in a category all its own, truly exemplary where Golden State-based public transit is concerned. It is also headquarters for corporate car- or ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft. S.F. public transit runs the gamut. There is everything from BART … Read more

On global aviation emissions-reduction progress ‘we have lift-off!’ A follow-up

In its “Dramatic MBM Agreement and Solid Global Plan Endorsements Help Deliver Landmark ICAO 38th Assembly” Oct. 4, 2013 press release, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced: “ICAO’s States agreed to report back in 2016 with a proposal for a global MBM [Market-Based Measures] scheme capable of being implemented by 2020. Major efforts will … Read more