Teledistanced broadcast journalism: Coming through loud and clear and air-friendlily

In my previous post “Earth Day 2021: Transformations,” as the title suggests, the message is all about change. There is perhaps no one area where change is more apparent than in that of broadcast journalism. The change I’m referring to – broadcasting done digitally or cybernetically – grew out of a perceived or the real … Read more

Earth Day 2021: Transformations

One of Webster’s definitions for the word “transformation” is: “change in form, appearance, nature, or character.”* Two of the most common examples of a so-called “naturally-occurring” transformation are a change in seasons and the other being the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, the first a purely physical change; the second example both a … Read more

By tamping C/CO2 emissions, what is it we hope to achieve?

It could otherwise be called the race to net-zero or net-negative airborne emissions of carbon/carbon dioxide (C/CO2), specifically the part or amount put there by us. The idea behind achieving baseline or below-baseline atmospheric C/CO2 that’s been anthropogenically introduced through fossil fuel-burning activities, experts are telling us, is to restore balance or equilibrium to the … Read more

Study affirms Californians’ desire for cleaner, safer, more efficient transportation choices

The below Jan. 20, 2021 press release is from the Mineta Transportation Institute. According to a new report from the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), Investing in California’s Transportation Future: Public Opinion on Critical Need, Californians want the state to invest in transportation systems that are safer, greener, and more efficient. “Respondents sent a crystal-clear message … Read more

Kansas City Southern announces commitment to lower locomotive GHGs, raise fuel efficiency

The below Jan. 19, 2021 news release is from Kansas City Southern. Kansas City Southern … announced that it has submitted a commitment letter to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) pledging to set a science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. KCS’ science-based target will align with what climate scientists say is needed to meet … Read more

Presidential executive action that helps stabilize climate, fight pollution, protect wildlife

The below Jan. 20, 2021 press release is from the Center for Biological Diversity. As President Joe Biden takes office today, his administration announced a series of steps aimed at combating the climate crisis and protecting wildlife from extinction. These include reentering the Paris Agreement, cancelling the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and imposing … Read more

Even for 2019 vs 2018 average per-vehicle short wheelbase light-duty vehicle U.S. driving, those numbers too rose!

As we saw here on the Air Quality Matters blog on Jan. 13, 2021 in the post: “The respective gain, dip in light-duty vehicle travel miles, fuel-economy in America and what’s driving the change,” there were increases in aggregate light-duty vehicle (LDV) road-travel miles (VMT) 2019 versus 2018, and adding injury to insult was the … Read more

The respective gain, dip in light-duty vehicle travel miles, fuel-economy in America and what’s driving the change

As reported in a ScienceBlog post dated Jan. 7, 2021, in 2020, due to the lockdowns connected with the coronavirus pandemic, this caused emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to drop by seven percent. The dip is temporary as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are expected to bounce back to 2019 levels when the economy … Read more