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

Trains and bicycles: A winning combination. Bicycles and trains: The epitome of modern-day transportation

The two oldest modes of mechanized land transportation are also two of the best – still – even after all these years. Not surprisingly, it is the train and bicycle we are talking about here. The latter, about 180 years1 in the making and the former, 20 years the bicycle’s senior; about a generation difference.2 … Read more

North Bay Area passenger rail is back, BIG time – 2

The wait has been long but a wait well worth it. The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District, or SMART for short, has announced that beginning on Aug. 25, 2017 SMART passenger train service will commence, stating that it has been granted the all-clear from the Federal Railroad Administration in regards to rail passenger service being … Read more

High-speed trains + autonomous electric vehicles or HSTs and no AEVs: What will it be?

High-speed trains have been part of the landscape, a fixture, if you will, since 1934, with Pennsylvania Railroad’s (PRR) model GG1 electric locomotive whose top speed was 100 miles per hour and for a non-electric, Union Pacific’s M-10001 diesel-electric trainset, its maximum velocity, a reputed 120 mph. Certainly not to be overlooked were the many … Read more

New L.A. freeway-adjacent homes getting air filtration as way to reduce indoor particles

Picture what it’s like living next to or very near a busy expressway, freeway, highway, motorway or turnpike for your entire life or if not that, then a goodly proportion of it. I would assume some of you reading this can directly relate. The sound of trucks barreling past all hours of the day and … Read more

eMission control: Technology, science, policy crux of the matter

The effective reduction of air pollution will hinge on three factors: technology, science and policy. Not surprising since it is through technological innovation, scientific discovery and policymaking, mainly, that pollution in our air is present. It’s not rocket science, you know. So, let’s take rocket development, since I brought rockets up, for example. And, in … Read more