Electric buses the clearer, cleaner choice, now more affordable, too

Now that electrics have arrived bus-riding has never been better. Not only has travel this way improved, but with electric buses transiting up and down municipal thoroughfares, be they school or commuter, there is none of that typical engine noise so common with and prominent in diesel versions, and the black smoke that can often … Read more

To build or not to build our way out of congestion – that is the question

It seems lately like American transportation-infrastructure building has been in a state of limbo. I know it hasn’t; it just seems that way. Why? It’s because as a nation on the move in the transportation and travel senses it appears we are slowing down. As a matter of fact, the American motorist forfeits an average … Read more

EPA Cleaner Trucks Initiative proposal scheduled for 2020 release

The below Nov. 13, 2018 press release is from the Diesel Technology Forum “The new Cleaner Trucks Initiative announced today sets the vision for the heavy-duty diesel engines of the future as high-value assets which help achieve our nation’s future energy and clean air goals while also expanding economic growth. Diesel has always been a … Read more

More houses, longer grass-growing season means more lawn mowing

Half of Americans live in suburbia. And, for those that do, in the abodes, humble or otherwise, that we call home, attached are typically front-, back- and for some, side-yards. As such, a person could conclude, these green spaces go with the territory. Adding to this I contend, size-wise, in a front-to-back-yard comparison, the yards … Read more

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

CRR, that’s code for carbon removal and reuse. Good idea? Will it work?

There is nothing wrong with having ideas, visions. Even better when ideas are turned into materials, products or processes that are practical, useful, can make life easier and provide for better quality of life. In fact, I encourage such creative if not inspired thought and follow-through. One of the more recent ideas has come to … Read more

Millions of asthma-attack-prompted ER visits likely polluted air-triggered, study reveals

Nine to 33 million visits to the emergency room (ER) for asthma worldwide may be triggered by breathing in air polluted by ozone or fine particulate matter—pollutants that can enter the lung’s deep airways, according to a study published today. Scientists have long known that breathing in air sullied by car emissions and other pollutants … Read more

Dirty air and disasters sending kids to the ER for asthma

by Harriet Rowan Children in some California counties visited emergency rooms for asthma at nearly twice the statewide rate, according to the latest data — a phenomenon that experts blame largely on dangerous air pollution. While children in some of these counties struggle with consistent, long-term exposure to bad air, experts also point to the … Read more

Drilling down on fossil-fuel burning and its connection to carbon, carbon dioxide in air

So, fossil fuels: what are they? Fossil fuels get their name from substances created from the process of anaerobic decomposition of dead, buried-in-the-ground organisms (matter) that provide energy when burned, according to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Secondly, with the igniting of fossil fuels and with the quantities burned, the thinking is, such has contributed to … 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