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

Carbon-capture technology: An effective means to control climate?

Giant fans put in position, the flow of air through which would allow for the separating out of carbon from it. That carbon, in turn, through a number of intermediate processes, steps, to be converted into fuel for use in aircraft, automobiles, ocean-going vessels and trucks. An absurd notion? Apparently not. In a New York … Read more

Earth Day 2019: Recycling: ‘The whole nine yards’

Earth Day, which is just around the corner, is a time for celebrating Earth. One day during the year is designated for doing just that, this day being April 22nd. Every year here at the Air Quality Matters blog since 2013, a post (or two) has been devoted to this day. Ditto for 2019. In … Read more

For company seeking Hawaiʻi solar-water-heating exemption, ‘good luck with that’ court, in effect, says

The below Feb. 25, 2019 press release is from Earthjustice. On Friday [Feb. 22, 2019], The Gas Co. LLC (dba Hawaiʻi Gas), a subsidiary of Australian-based Macquarie Infrastructure Group, filed a request to intervene in state environmental court so that the company can reopen the court’s decision three weeks ago upholding the state law mandate … Read more

In the interest of helping improve air, should transit service be made free?

There are transit systems and then there are transit systems. Take, for example, the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar system. For Feb. 2019 ridership was 24,708. This compares to the Kansas City, Missouri’s average 175,150 riders per month tally for its system in 2018. Could the difference in the number of monthly boardings between the two … Read more