FWDS: Campaign launched to reduce food waste; encouraging solutions offered

Number 4 in the Food Waste Disposal Series. “Food is the single largest component of solid waste in U.S. landfills, and about 25 percent of our nation’s fresh water is used to grow food that gets trashed,” declared the Natural Resources Defense Council in its “NRDC and Ad Council Launch New ‘Save the Food’ National … Read more

Air Quality Matters blog on the cusp: The start of year five

When the Air Quality Matters blog first was started – Nov. 5, 2012, President Barack Obama had just completed his very first term in office and was ready to embark on his second. Meanwhile, the country at this juncture had emerged – and I would add glowingly and stalwartly – from what has since become … Read more

Nine-in-ten breathe polluted air, so says WHO

When it comes to air-pollution-related analysis, the World Health Organization (WHO), regarding its most recent, has determined that the world over, 92 percent – or better than nine-in-ten – breathe polluted air. Details “A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits,” … Read more

Fresno Bee op-ed calls for air cleanup/emissions reduction

On Sept. 21, 2016, The Fresno Bee Editorial Board printed an op-ed, the crux of the editorial having to do with work in California and the San Joaquin Valley centered on helping “economically disadvantaged communities” better deal with the effects of poor area air quality. This was indeed a big part of the story. Brought … Read more

Calif.: Climate-change laws leader; black carbon, methane, fluorinated gases bill signed

California is the nation’s undisputed leader in the effort to regulate and tackle global warming emissions. On Monday, Sept. 20, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown affixed his signature to California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), this according to information in a California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) press … Read more

More money to fight warming, polluted air in California issued

High atop a parking garage in downtown Fresno, California Governor Jerry Brown on Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 affixed his signature to several bills thereby enacting legislation that allocates monies to fight warming and polluted air in the state. In the governor’s presence and bearing witness to the bills’ signature signings that day were (in no … Read more

New federal GHG, fuel-efficiency standards for trucks, etc. finalized

On Aug. 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a news release announced: “Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution, while bolstering energy security … Read more

SAPS: Stanford scientists use novel approach to get ‘green’ plastics from CO2, ag-waste mix

Number 6 in the Sustainable Agricultural Practices Series. Researchers at Stanford University are working their magic: For example, turning inedible plant waste in conjunction with carbon dioxide into usable, sustainable plastic. Typically needed in the production of plastics and other products is petroleum. What makes this development so special and promising is that, by utilizing … Read more

At work: Global Warming Solutions Act – coming up on 10 years

Nearly 10 years have passed since California’s landmark 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act was enacted. Question is: Was this the right environmental cause to back? The reason for my asking is because in America’s most populous state with roughly 39 million residents, better than 1-in-2 live in areas where toxic air poses a serious threat. … Read more