93% of children globally breathe noxious air each day, WHO says

Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air. A … Read more

Restoring unity, order, smarts, meaning, sanity and balance in the space we call travel – 1: High-speed rail

From the time transportation first entered the automation age until this day in 2018, the science, platform and industry regarding such have indeed come far. When that happened, what began was a revolution and that same revolution continues today. There have been so many field-related developments that to try to name them all in this … Read more

Clean Air Day, good; clean-air year, best!

October 3, 2018 marks the observance of California Clean Air Day. To learn more, visit the California Clean Air Day Web site here. This, by the way, is the very first year this event is to take place. Here’s to many more such events to follow. Businesses, educational institutions, individuals, industrial concerns, health facilities, utilities, … Read more

All of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2045

Great news! Via the signing of California Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) by Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 10th California is now charged with getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. California is an energy leader and this particular move in the Golden State substantiates that. But, the move goes beyond … Read more

In downtowns, a wealth of solutions in reducing pollution

So, let’s begin this journey with something as basic as one-way streets. With one-way streets, the entire roadway width, besides eliminating opposite-direction travel on part of the street, same-direction (or current-of-traffic) vehicle movement enables same-direction parking on both sides of the street. Such a provision can make locating a parking space somewhat less encumbered and … Read more

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

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

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

Air Quality Awareness Week 2018: Choice matters

Ever think about things that impact our lives? And, why does this matter? Where I’m going with this is: decisions we make in life can also impact the environment. It is this that this thread, today’s thread, has to do with. Setting the tone is this idea of three specific areas of living and how … Read more

CATS: Tram to operate sans overhead wires; is almost fully recyclable at end of life

Number 38 in the Clean Air Technologies Series. Electric motors are used extensively. They’re in everything from electric drills and shavers to lawnmowers and buses, cars and trains. The sky is the limit. That these are used in the railway realm is nothing new. What is new, on the other hand, is the way in … Read more