Why EPA proposal to put high-polluting diesel trucks back on American roadways is a bad move

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again in the spotlight, this time by its proposing to allow high-polluting diesel “glider” trucks to operate on America’s roads. A glider truck is one where an older, high-polluting engine is attached to a new chassis and the entire package is then sold as new. There are … Read more

Research reveals diesel exhaust dirtier, more damaging to health than previously thought

“New study quantifies global health, environmental impacts of excess nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles” is the title of a May 15, 2017 press release from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). In no uncertain terms the ICCT announced, “[b]oth light-duty and heavy-duty diesel vehicles emit more NOx in on-road driving conditions than during … Read more

If not high-speed rail, what then?!

On Dec. 16, 2017, less than a month away, California high-speed rail construction work will have reached the two-and-a-half-year mark. This is the first major “from-scratch” intercity, heavy-rail, railroad-building effort begun in the Golden State since Southern Pacific’s Colton Cutoff (to Palmdale) line was completed in 1967 and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system … Read more

On cleaning the air, a very cautionary tale

There isn’t a person following the air-pollution story (situation) closely who shouldn’t also be aware that millions worldwide annually are dying early from its effects. A truly sad state of affairs if ever there were one! It’s not as if we humans aren’t aware of the problem, in this case such being pollution – quite … Read more

Group literally taking air-pollution monitoring to the streets in California

An industrious organization known as Aclima (with the help of Google), is taking air-pollution measuring to the streets, literally; to the next level, if you will. But, why the need to mobile monitor? As Aclima explains, “Today Aclima’s mobile air quality measurement technology creates the opportunity to provide air pollution data to regions lacking measurement, … Read more

Bad-air tales: It is my experience …

Actor, comedian, pianist and singer Jimmy Durante once said: “I got a million of ’em.” He was no doubt referring to “experiences.” I make reference to the above for the simple reason that experience is invaluable. A lot of experience is gained through direct observation via the eyes. More of it is acquired through sound … Read more

Earthmoving: Balto.-to-D.C. Hyperloop tunnel would be world’s longest

Yes, it’s true: Tunneling for a future Hyperloop between the City of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to commence. Or, so it would seem. It would be the world’s longest (tunnel) at around 45 miles. Indeed, earthmoving. Relatedly, after reading Michael Laris’ Oct. 19th Washington Post article “Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop will launch digging in … Read more

Fresno’s Fulton Corridor: A street named ‘Inspire’?

If main drag Blackstone Avenue is variously known as Fresno, California’s “boulevard of dreams,” once the Fulton Corridor for six blocks between Tuolumne and Inyo streets reopens as Fulton Street, will it become variously known as the street named “Inspire”? For you see, on Oct. 21, 2017, on this section of the road for more … Read more

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