Want to know if climate change is real? For answers, just look to the Valley

Climate change is real. There, I said it. At least it is in California’s San Joaquin Valley, anyway. On the surface, that’s a really odd-sounding statement, I know. But, it’s true. And, air pollution, apparently, is behind the change. I can explain. Okay, so I might be skeptical if I hadn’t witnessed the shift with … Read more

With cleaner Valley air, there can never, ever be any going back

The evidence seems clear: “The Central Valley’s heavy wintertime tule fog – known for snarling traffic and closing schools – has been on the decline over the past 30 years, and falling levels of air pollution are the cause, says a new study by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley,” as was explained in … Read more

California court affirms communities’ right to fight permits for dirty power plants

The below April 5, 2019 press release is from the Center for Biological Diversity. A California state judge has affirmed the constitutional right of residents concerned about air and climate pollution to challenge power plant siting decisions in their local Superior Court. In 2013 Earthjustice, Communities for a Better Environment [CBE] and the Center for … Read more

Almost all U.S. national parks seeing, feeling effects of polluted air: Report

The below May 7, 2019 press release is from the National Parks Conservation Association. Of the 417 national parks evaluated, 96 percent of America’s national parks are plagued by significant air pollution problems. This and other alarming facts were included in Polluted Parks: How America is failing to protect our national parks, people and planet … Read more

American high-speed-rail: It’s got to be given a chance!

Transportation needs fixing – plainly and simply put, it needs to be overhauled. Carbon emissions from this sector worldwide have now reached 29 percent, thereby contributing the largest percentage of emissions of all emissions-generating sectors, cars, trucks and buses being the primary contributors. In California, meanwhile, as environmental reporter Julie Cart at CALmatters has suggested, … Read more

Air Quality Awareness Week 2019 – Update: ‘Air Pollution & Your Community’

The Great Recession demonstrated just what cities were made of, i.e., what kind of mettle each of our communities had. From what I remember, it was pretty much a case of every community for itself. In terms of their coming through the ordeal, they either got it right, full recovery being a foregone conclusion or … Read more

Sierra Club’s 2019 electric vehicle guide released

The below Apr. 22, 2019 press release is from the Sierra Club. Today [Apr. 22, 2019], the Sierra Club released a newly updated electric vehicle (EV) guide at a time of increasing excitement around the expansion of the EV market in the United States. The evidence of growing user demand keeps mounting: 1 in 5 … Read more

More than 4-in-10 Americans live with unhealthy air; 8 cities suffered most polluted air ever recorded

The below Apr. 24, 2019 press release is from the American Lung Association. The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report finds that an increasing number of Americans—more than 4 in 10—lived with unhealthy air quality, placing their health and lives at risk. The 20th annual air quality “report card” found that 141.1 … Read more

Falling levels of air pollution drove decline in California’s tule fog

The below Apr. 10, 2019 press release is from University of California at Berkeley. The Central Valley’s heavy wintertime tule fog – known for snarling traffic and closing schools — has been on the decline over the past 30 years, and falling levels of air pollution are the cause, says a new study by scientists … Read more

Making more than a dent market penetration-wise: Electric buses

Buses are on the move … again. Though driving the revolution this time is electricity, not diesel fuel. That’s the difference. In Shenzen in China, as a matter of fact, the bus fleet is wholly electric, according to Clean Energy Canada in a press release issued on Mar. 21, 2019. And, just how many electric … Read more