On air-cleanup matters, the North has thing or two to offer South, Central Valley

When I read in the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s “Valley Air District Helps Fund Development and Demonstration of Zero-Emissions Transport Refrigeration Unit” Oct. 11, 2017 news release the statement “[The] TAP [Technology Advancement Program] supports technology development in critical areas which will assist the San Joaquin Valley in meeting stringent air quality … Read more

Truck-mounted-perishables-cooling-system prototype undergoes extensive testing in Valley

Shipping: it’s an operation as old as civilization itself. It’s what’s needed to get raw materials and bulk and other items like food, delivered to consumers/customers. Oftentimes, the cargo being shipped requires refrigeration. Integral to the process of preventing content spoilage during transport, is chilling/cooling/freezing, obviously. Responsible for satisfying this role is the component which … Read more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan dead or are better days ahead?

On Jun. 5, 2014 I penned the “EPA has plan to lower emissions, raise energy efficiency, save money” post. In this I wrote: “In its news release, titled: ‘EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants/Clean Power Plan is flexible proposal to ensure a healthier environment, spur innovation and strengthen the economy,’ the … Read more

No new natural gas plants for California?

When it comes to cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, California doesn’t take the matter lightly. In this respect, in fact, the state means business – not that other states and places don’t, mean business (in this same sense), that is. As it happens, in the U.S., California is a proven leader when it comes to … Read more

Calif. high-speed rail: Regarding ‘fast-track’ building, progress steady

There appears to be a concerted push in different parts of the world to electrify the motor vehicle fleet. All well and good, but that likely seems years or decades away if at all. Still, the interest and effort appear strong. In California, a state, it is more of the same. According to Sacramento Bee … Read more

436,000 Europeans yearly dying early from particulate matter alone: Air audit underway

In “America’s air: In a state of unhealthy repair?” posted on the Air Quality Matters blog on Aug. 31, 2013, the assertion, “… one finding of a more recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is that there is a total American air-pollution-related premature death rate of approximately 200,000 annually, …” was made. To repeat: that’s … Read more

U.S. transpo trends and what this means for air: A closer look

In America, driving is all the rage, apparently. And just how much driving are Americans doing? In the March 13, 2017 Air Quality Matters post “In U.S. in 2016, 3.2 trillion miles driven: Air, roads, feeling the heat” I took a look at some important numbers. “The approximately 52 billion additional miles driven nationwide over … Read more

More on why what mode, route chosen for commuting matters

Every now and then, the air-quality value of bicycle versus car commuting is called into question. Such is the case in today’s thread. In fact, the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) in its “Study: Commuters’ exposures to air pollution greatly depends on mode of travel: Sacramento area study shows light rail commuters … Read more

Decision favors communities, environmental groups in challenge against Valley air district re oil terminal permitting violation

On Jun. 23, 2017 a decision was rendered by the California Court of Appeal for the 5th District, whereby the court ruled in favor of a coalition of community and environmental groups who sued the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, the legal action stemming from environmental concerns related to the expansion of a Kern … Read more

Transport may keep California from reaching its 2020 GHG emissions-reduction goal, if …

“While the state has made considerable progress decoupling economic growth from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the rate of emissions decline appears to be slowing, due in part to a spike in transportation emissions,” Next 10 acknowledged in its Aug. 22, 2017 “Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California clean economy thriving – But emissions-reduction challenges … Read more