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

Transportation research institute started at California State University, Fresno

Finally! Every now and then news comes along that gets people stoked. Such is the case for me with news of the establishment of the Transportation Institute at California State University, Fresno, more commonly known as Fresno State. In fact, the university circulated a press release Sept. 12, 2017 to this effect. Its title: “Fresno … 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

Study analyzes pollution’s effect on daily commute

The way in which one commutes can make a real difference in terms of what one’s exposure to in-transit or during-the-commute pollution is. A related study conducted in Sacramento, California recently has been undertaken in order to learn more. On this, the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) in its “Study: Commuters’ exposures … Read more

A million early deaths worldwide attributable to ozone pollution, a research study finds

Ozone is an invisible, odorless gas that damages lungs. That much was known already. Now, thanks to a study conducted by researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) – an independent, international research institute – more is now known regarding the connection between long-term exposure to ozone and premature death from such. Via its Aug. … 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

Stockton rolls out electric buses, cleaner locomotives

In the San Joaquin Valley, it’s going to be hot for the remainder of this week (today) and next. We’re talking triple-digit temperatures and in the Valley that means summertime smog. Fortunately, there will be some relief: even though small, some is better than none. As Alex Breitler reporting in the Stockton Record explained, residents … 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