Survey shows % of Californians walking, biking or used public transit more than doubled since 2000

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Results from the California Household Travel Survey ( CHTS ) —the largest and most complex review of its kind— show that the%age of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation on a typical day has more than doubled since 2000.

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California Air Resources Board posts revised draft of strategy to reduce “Super Pollutants”

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has posted a revised draft of California’s proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy. —“Revised Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy”.

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USC study associates PM2.5 air pollution with poor survival in liver cancer patients

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A study by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) has significantly associated exposure to particulate air pollution after being diagnosed with liver cancer with an increased risk of premature death. Particulate matter (PM) air pollution exposure has been associated with cancer incidence and mortality especially with lung cancer. 2017) “Particulate matter air pollution and liver cancer survival” Int.

2017 64

10-year study shows how air pollution fosters heart disease; accelerated plaque build-up in arteries

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Long-term exposure to particulate air pollution has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, but the biological process has not been understood. A major, decade-long study of thousands of Americans has now found that people living in areas with more outdoor pollution—even at lower levels common in the United States—accumulate deposits in the arteries that supply the heart faster than do people living in less polluted areas.

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Canada publishes proposed regulations for criteria pollutants from locomotives

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This marks Canada’s first regulation of air pollutant emissions from locomotives. The United States started regulating CAC emissions from locomotives in 2000. The Government of Canada has published proposed Locomotive Emissions Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The proposed regulations will criteria air contaminants (CACs), from locomotives operated by railway companies under federal jurisdiction through increasingly stringent emission standards and reduced idling.

California ARB releases three studies showing fine particle pollution a threat to cardiovascular health

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The California Air Resources Board commissioned the studies to further investigate the connection between fine particulate pollution and public health impacts in California. We’ve long known particulate matter is a major component of California’s air pollution problem.

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Air pollution regulations over last decade in Chinese city has halved health costs

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The study is the first to document the health and economic benefits of policies to reduce the burden of air pollution in a highly polluted area of China, and provides a model to measure how policies to improve air quality can protect human health. To combat air pollution, the Shanxi Provincial Government implemented many new environmental policies and regulations. The cost of premature death due to air pollution decreased by 3.83

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Study Finds Damage, Pollution from Western Wildfires Could Surge With Moderate Global Warming

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This potential leap in destructiveness and pollution—mainly from an increase in wildfire frequency—is forecast by computer models calculating impacts of moderate global warming on western US wildfire patterns and atmospheric chemistry.

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Cutting Non-CO2 Pollutants Can Delay Abrupt Climate Change; The Fast Action Climate Agenda

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With indoor air pollution killing 1.6 A recent study reported that ozone’s damage to crop yields in 2000 resulted in an economic loss of up to $26 billion annually. Probability distribution for the committed warming by GHGs between 1750 and 2005.

Study finds tailor-made fuels from biomass could significantly reduce emissions of criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases

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A common rail system with a maximum fuel injection pressure of 2000 bar was used as injection system. Optimized fuel properties with regard to different emissions Janssen et al. Click to enlarge.

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California ARB Report Finds Fine Particle Air Pollution Responsible for 9,000 Premature Deaths in State Each Year; Based on US EPA Peer-Reviewed Study

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Approximately 9,000 people in California are estimated to die prematurely each year as a result of exposure to fine particle pollution, according to a new report issued by the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Fine particle pollution, smaller than 2.5

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HEI: 95%+ of world’s population live in areas of unhealthy air

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Air pollution is the leading environmental cause of death worldwide according to the State of Global Air 2018 , the annual report and interactive website published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI). All told, long-term exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution contributed to 6.1

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Scrappage scheme sees end to Jags, Mercs and even a Morris Minor

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And it’s not just polluting vehicles, but golden oldies too which are making their way to the scrap heap. Tags: Hyundai government scheme scrappage £2000 The Government’s car scrappage scheme has got off to a flying start as the end of its first week draws to a close. According to Hyundai, their dealers have been surprised by the array of cars which have been scrapped in exchange for more environmentally friendly i10 and i120s.

EEA finds only mixed progress for Europe’s transport sector in meeting environment, climate goals; GHG emissions up 25% since 1990

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Issues covered in the briefing include emissions, air pollution, noise and renewable energy and the impact of transport on ecosystems and biodiversity. Air pollution.

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Paris weekday ban on pre-1997 cars takes effect, historic cars excepted

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The ban encompasses most cars made before 1997 and motorcycles made before 2000, and was enacted to combat rampant air pollution in the French capital. Beginning this week, drivers will not be able to take older cars into the center of Paris on weekdays. Older cars and motorcycles now face fines for entering the city between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm on. Europe Paris emissions France transportation policy

TOAR shows present-day global ozone distribution and trends relevant to health; public database

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Ozone levels across much of North America and Europe dropped significantly between 2000 and 2014. In some parts of Asia, Africa and South America, the researchers identified data gaps which prevented them from characterizing ozone pollution exposure patterns.

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Study suggests fine particulates increase risk of stroke

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While numerous studies have shown that air pollution is associated with cardio-pulmonary mortality, there has been less research into the possible effect of air pollution on stroke and non-fatal coronary events. Participants were selected over the time period from 2000 to 2003, and were aged between 45 and 74 years. The results indicate that stroke is more likely to occur with increased air pollution.

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Gallup poll finds Americans’ worries about environmental threats easing

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As in the past, Americans expressed the greatest worry about pollution of drinking water, and the least about global warming. And although concern about environmental issues is lower among both Republicans and Democrats since 2000, it is down more among Republicans.

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California greenhouse gas inventory shows state is tracking to achieve 2020 AB 32 target

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Bar chart of 2000 to 2013 GHG emissions by category as defined in the Scoping Plan. Overall trends in the inventory also demonstrate that the carbon intensity of California’s economy, the amount of carbon pollution per million dollars of GDP, is declining.

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US EPA Reports National Trends Show Improvements in Air Quality

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Since 1990, nationwide air quality has improved significantly for the six common air pollutants: ground-level ozone; particle pollution; lead; nitrogen dioxide; carbon monoxide; and sulfur dioxide, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report “Our Nation’s Air - Status and Trends through 2008”. Nationally, air pollution was lower in 2008 than in 1990 for: 8-hour ozone, by 14%. since 2000), by 19%.

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Six refineries in $425M settlement with EPA and DOJ over emissions violations

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and Par Hawaii Refining that resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations and protects public health by reducing air pollution at six refineries. Under the settlement, the two companies will spend about $403 million to install and operate pollution control equipment, and Tesoro will spend about $12 million to fund environmental projects in local communities previously impacted by pollution. Strict internal leak definitions: 500 ppm for valves and 2000 ppm for pumps.

2016 60

Study finds paved surfaces in Houston worsen air quality

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New research by a team from the US, China and Japan focusing on the Houston, Texas area suggests that widespread urban development alters weather patterns in a way that can make it easier for pollutants to accumulate during warm summer weather instead of being blown out to sea.

MIT study says combustion emissions cause ~200,000 premature deaths/year in US; vehicles and power generation top sources

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2000 (90% CI: 0–4,000) early deaths from ozone, according to the study. In a state-by-state analysis, the researchers found that California suffers the worst health impacts from air pollution, with about 21,000 early deaths annually, mostly attributed to road transportation and to commercial and residential emissions from heating and cooking. Pollution from electricity generation still accounted for 52,000 premature deaths annually.

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Evidence from glacier ice: Until it was banned, leaded gasoline dominated the anthropogenic lead emissions in South America

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The scientists found that lead from road traffic in the neighboring countries polluted the air twice as heavily as regional mining from the 1960s onwards. Glacier ice is an invaluable archive of past air pollution.

UCS analysis finds Hyundai-Kia with best sales-weighted new vehicle environmental performance in US in 2013

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For the first time since UCS began the Automaker Rankings report in 2000, all eight major automakers reduced their average greenhouse gas (GHG) and smog-forming emissions compared to their fleet averages from 1998, the model year examined in the first report. Click to enlarge.

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US 2nd-largest petroleum refinery to pay more than $5.3M for Clean Air Act violations

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million and spend more than $700 million in new pollution controls that will help protect public health and resolve Clean Air Act violations at its St. The settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) requires new and upgraded pollution controls, more stringent emission limits, and aggressive monitoring, leak-detection and repair practices to reduce emissions from refinery equipment and process units.

IEA: improving efficiency of road-freight transport critical to reduce oil-demand growth; three areas of focus

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Improving the efficiency of road-freight transport is critical to reducing the growth in oil demand, carbon emissions and air pollution over the next decades, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest report, The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and the environment. Road freight vehicles alone accounted for about 80% of the global net increase in diesel demand since 2000, and make up about half of global diesel demand today.

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EPA report shows progress in reducing urban air toxics across US; 50% reduction from mobile sources since 1990

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress—the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress of progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics (also referred to as hazardous air pollutants or HAPs). approximately 3 million tons per year of criteria pollutants, such as particulate matter and sulfur dioxide, have been reduced as co-benefits of air toxics reductions.

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Joint Canada/Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring begins summer air monitoring project

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The collaborative study between government, non-government, university and community partners will collect both airborne and ground-based measurements to determine how air pollutants are transformed and transported across the landscape. Both monitoring sites included in the study are in close proximity to surface mining areas and allow for air pollutant mixtures from industry to the north and south to be studied separately.

DLR and Wuppertal publish comprehensive global analysis of e-mobility technologies, outlook and lifecycle assessments

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They counted more than 500 electric passenger vehicles of all those types worldwide in the period from 2000 to 2013. The largest share of PHEVs were found between a vehicle curb weight of 1500 kg (3,300 lbs) and 2000 kg (4400 lbs).

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Study finds that replacement programs that reduce vehicle lifetime can result in increased lifecycle CO2 emissions

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Effects of changes in the average lifespan of ordinary passenger cars newly registered between 1990-2000 on total induced CO 2 emissions in 2000. If the 2000 market shares of hybrid cars were 14.1%, a one-year decrease in lifetime will reduce life-cycle CO 2 emission in 2000 by 0.6%.

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GCP Carbon Budget Finds Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions Rose 2% in 2008 Despite Global Financial Crisis; Natural Sinks Not Keeping Pace With Increasing Emissions

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The authors, under the umbrella of the Global Carbon Project , reported a 29% increase in global CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel between 2000 and 2008 (the latest year for which figures are available), and by 41% between 2008 and 1990, the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol. between 2000 and 2008, compared with 1% per year in the 1990s.

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UNECE adopts three new regulations to improve the safety and environmental performance of motor vehicles

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In Europe, the adoption of national legislation in several countries in the 1990s and the European Directive adopted in 2000 have led to significant improvements in the treatment of end-of-life vehicles in an environmentally-friendly manner. A new UN regulation on Retrofit Emission Control (REC) devices will enable the retrofit of heavy duty vehicles and non-road mobile machinery in order to reduce the emissions of local air pollutants.

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European Parliament to vote on proposal to veto increased diesel emissions limits

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NO x emissions limits for diesel vehicles have been tightened as follows (all application dates to new emission type approvals, application to all new vehicles always 1 year later): January 2000: 500 mg/km (Euro3). The pollutant emissions will be measured by portable emission measuring systems (PEMS) that will be attached to the car.

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Study finds rising temperatures increase risk of unhealthy ozone levels absent sharp cuts in precursors

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Ozone pollution across the continental United States will become far more difficult to keep in check as temperatures rise, according to new work led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Heavily polluted locations in parts of the East, Midwest, and West Coast in which ozone already frequently exceeds recommended levels could face unhealthy air during most of the summer. Ozone pollution also damages crops and other plants.

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Houston-Galveston area to deploy 30 battery-electric delivery trucks

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million tons of carbon equivalents per year and an expected reduction in criteria pollutants of over 2,000 tons per year. The vehicles that will be deployed under this grant are based on Smith’s latest production model Series 2000, which has been fully deployed in several locations across the country.

EPA Designates 31 Nonattainment Areas in the US for PM2.5

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is designating 31 areas across the country as not meeting the agency’s daily standards for fine particle air pollution (PM 2.5), or particulate matter. Affected states and tribes will be required to take steps to reduce the pollution that forms fine particles. Nationwide, monitored levels of fine particle pollution fell 19% from 2000 to 2008. Nonattainment areas for PM 2.5. Click to enlarge.

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California ARB posts discussion document for developing Advanced Clean Transit (ACT) regulation

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The 2000 Fleet Rule for Transit Agencies (Transit Fleet Rule) required reductions in both criteria pollutant emissions and exposure to air contaminants from urban buses and transit fleet vehicles. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted a discussion document.

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Stanford Professor Urges EPA to Include Black Carbon in Endangerment Finding

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Jacobson first showed in 2000 that black carbon was the second-leading cause of global warming after carbon dioxide in terms of radiative forcing and, in 2002, that its control was the most effective method of slowing warming. Further, controlling soot will significantly reduce particulate air pollution deaths. The first found that globally-emitted CO 2 increases US air pollution deaths by about 1,000 each year per 1.8 °F,

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Study estimates 6% of lung cancer deaths in US and UK attributable to diesel exhaust

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However, their attributable fraction AF estimates for occupational and environmental DEE exposure is generally consistent with some previous estimates for traffic-related air pollution and lung cancer mortality and incidence. However, emission standards for offroad vehicles and industrial applications are generally introduced after those for on-road vehicles and therefore many offroad applications were still largely uncontrolled in 2000.