Maersk Line, Ports of LA & Long Beach in 3-year project to measure air pollution benefits from $125M eco-upgrade; real-time tracking 24x7

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This advances our ability to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants on a global scale. Ships generate the lion’s share of air pollution associated with port activity. Since 2007, Maersk Line has reduced GHG emissions associated with its vessel operations by 42% on a per container, per kilometer basis. The Retrofits and TAP demonstration project with the San Pedro Bay ports will help Maersk Line reach its goal of a 60% reduction of CO 2 and other pollutants by 2020.

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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Achieving the maximum air quality improvements would require a significant cut in the pollution produced by electric utilities. It measured how the nation's air quality would be affected under varying levels of plug-in hybrid use and pollution control at power plants.

Plug-in Hybrid Study: Electricity Better

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Simply put, the study found what advocates of electric transportation have long held to be true: as regards greenhouse gases and pollution generally speaking, the worst electricity is still better than petroleum. Tags: air pollution union of concerned scientists environmental organizations dan becker air quality epri NRDC Sierra Club

Whither CARB?

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was originally charged with reducing pollution. pollution The California Air Resources Board , one of the culprits identified in Who Killed the Electric Car? , Now it's actions are meant to help reduce carbon emissions and petroleum usage, as well. The electric cars produced to meet the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate uniquely contribute on all three counts.

UMD-led study finds China’s SO2 emissions down 75% since 2007, India’s up 50%; India may now be the top SO2 emitter

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Although China and India remain the world’s largest consumers of coal, a new University of Maryland-led study found that China’s sulfur dioxide emissions fell by 75% since 2007, while India’s emissions increased by 50%.

BMW H2 BS

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With hydrogen as a fuel option, the car is so expensive and made in such limited numbers it has no MSRP and is not rated on the EPA Green Vehicle Guide for 2007 or 2008. The 7 Series has get a combined sub-20mpg and has an air pollution index of 6 out of 10. For comparison purposes, the 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV plug-in electric car has a mpg(equivalent) of over 100; and a best possible air pollution index of 10.)

Did Mayor Bloomberg in China Drive a Miles Javlon?

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and Chinese technology that is taking us forward—toward 100 percent electric-powered vehicles that drastically reduce air pollutants, cut carbon emissions, and are less expensive to operate. Autobloggreen is reporting that Mayor Bloomberg has driven the first Miles Automotive highway-legal all-electric car off the production line.

German Battery, German Electric Car?

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The German government has opposed the strictest CO2 emission proposals in the EU, in order to protect their domestic, comparatively more polluting, auto industry. An Agence France Presse report has produced a small flurry of articles this past week, here and here , for example, that has a German company developing Lithium batteries that would be suitable for electric cars. Li-tec is said to be working in cooperation with Bosch and Volkswagen, which has heightened interest.

Milan gives up cars on the Sabbath

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The Italian city of Milan is to banish cars for 10 hours on Sunday in a bid to cut the city’s air pollution. The Northern Italy city first imposed trial bans in 2007, the BBC reports, and is imposed whenever pollution breaks statutory limits for 12 consecutive days. Milan is one of Europe’s most polluted [.]. Green credentials ban car car-free Milan pollution smog traffic

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Soot and Spin: Two Plug-in Paradoxes

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Cold starts mean more pollution. The catalytic converter that keeps the ICE from being a gross polluter in conventional cars and hybrids however, isn't kept warm by the continual embrace of an ever-churning engine in a hybrid with all-electric range. This catch-22 - you need the polluting engine running to keep the emissions mitigation running - has regulators including the California Air Resources Board (ARB) frowning upon PHEV conversions.

Toyota, too, Says No

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Such grid-connected options, which would lower automobiles' role in global warming, pollution and petroleum dependence, may be inevitable, but the automakers' self-interest remains postponing that day. "Automakers get it this time, calling for up to a 40% increase to 35 mpg by 2022, the first increase since 1985. In a business where product plans are set six, eight and even 10 years in advance, 2022 is closer than it would appear." - Irv Miller, V.P.,

IEEE: Will CARB Take Part in Plug-in Car Revival?

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The IEEE article contains a germ of hope: thanks to today's climate - economic, political and atmospheric - some consumers are ready to trade range for a car that costs less to run and produces less pollution. The IEEE Spectrum Magazine for November 07 touts on its cover "Battery or Fuel-Cell Cars? A California Cabal Will Decide." Interesting choice of headlines.

Coal Into Cars: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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the polluting properties of coal - starting with mining and lasting long after burning - and the large amounts of energy required to liquefy it mean that liquid coal produces more than twice the global warming emissions as regular gasoline.driving a Prius on liquid coal makes it as dirty as a Hummer on regular gasoline." But in the end, there is no further pollution using the electricity, whether in iPods, toasters, light rail, or cars.

ex-CARB Chair Sawyer's Open Letter to Schwarzenegger

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Robert Sawyer, recently fired as Chair of the California Air Resources Board by Gov. Schwarzenegger, has handed his letter to the Governor to the press. Take a look. Among the accomplishments during his tenure, Sawyer cites "review of the Zero Emissions Vehicle program and instructions to ARB staff for modifications to encourage the production and use of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles."

Schwarzenegger's Green Cred Fading with CARB Caos

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The LA Times headline, Mixed messages in the air, The governor's actions often work against his tough talk on pollution tells the story. Schwarzenegger has vetoed bills that would put new taxes on polluters, spur the development of alternative fuels and help clean the air. The CARB mess is taking the shine off Arnold Schwarzenegger's supposed environmentalism. The firings and their implication has gone international.

Hydrogen Hyped: BMW Does Pogue

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One altfuel epiphany Pogue blogged in May, 2006 came watching The Amazing Race 9 (CBS) in Brazil, where sugar cane-based ethanol has eliminated petroleum imports and reduced pollution. He concludes his blogpost: Dudes–no matter what color your political flag, doesn’t everyone agree that pollution is bad, high fuel prices are bad, and that the oil reserves are going to run out eventually?

Zero-Carbon Drive to Sacto Anti-Carbon Rally and Back

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We want to power our cars from non-polluting, zero carbon emitting electricity from wind and solar photovoltaic systems on our roofs. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) held a rally in Sacramento Thursday outside the lobbying offices of the Association of Automobile Manufacturers to protest their continuing lawsuit against California's greenhouse gas legislation.

Nielsen global survey finds concerns about climate change slipping behind concerns over other environmental issues; air and water pollution top worries, pesticide use #3

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Three out of four global consumers rated air pollution (77%) and water pollution (75%) as top concerns, both increasing six percentage points compared to 2009. Portugal and Mexico were also the world’s most concerned countries about water shortages and air and water pollution.

Study links air pollution and cyclone intensity in Arabian Sea; suggested solutions include diesel filters and two-stroke engines running on LPG fuel

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Pollution is making Arabian Sea cyclones more intense, according to a study in the journal Nature. The Nature paper suggests that weakening winds have enabled the formation of stronger cyclones in recent years—including storms in 2007 and 2010 that were the first recorded storms to enter the Gulf of Oman. Cyclone Gonu made a rare landfall in Iran in 2007 and caused more than $4 billion in damage.

Emissions of Air Pollutants down in EU-27

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The European Community’s air pollutant emission inventory report released by the European Environment Agency finds that in 2007, sulphur oxides (SO x ) emissions were down by 72 % from 1990 levels. The downward emission trend of three main pollutants which cause ground-level ozone continued in 2007: carbon monoxide (CO) fell by 57%, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) were down by 47% and nitrogen oxides (NO x ) have dropped 36%.

LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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In a 2007 paper presented at the XI International Conference on Innovations in the Ferro Alloy Industry (Infacon XI), a team from the US EPA, the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT), and SINTEF Materials and Chemistry (Lindstad et al. Lubetsky (2007) “ Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Ferroalloy Production ” Proceedings of the XI International Conference on Innovations in the Ferro Alloy Industry, Infacon XI.

Study finds power law scaling relationship between urban population and NO2 pollution

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The approximate linear relationship for each region is notable, suggesting that the dependence of urban NO 2 pollution upon population follows a power law scaling with population. The same regions saw various degrees of pollution increases in cities with population of 10 million people: 2.55

Mazda announces SKYACTIV-X: gasoline Spark Controlled Compression Ignition

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Under the original “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” vision announced in 2007, Mazda has endeavored to offer both driving pleasure and environmental and safety performance. From 2019, Mazda will begin introducing electric vehicles and other electric drive technologies in regions that use a high ratio of clean energy for power generation or restrict certain vehicles to reduce air pollution.

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UCLA researchers find potential link between traffic pollution and some rare childhood cancers

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Scientists from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health have found a possible link between exposure to traffic-related air pollution and several rare childhood cancers. The results of their study—the first to examine air pollution from traffic and a number of rarer childhood cancers—were presented on 9 April in an abstract at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.

BREAKING NEWS: Exxon/Mobil Ordered Out of Torrance, Guilty of Greenhouse Gas Pollution

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Consider this fair and legal warning, world’s largest and most polluting oil company - I’m giving you 10 years to pack up and hit the road. Maybe they should just go take their lies and pollution somewhere else.

EEA: Traffic pollution still harmful to health in many parts of Europe

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Trend in emissions of air pollutants from transport in EEA-32: PM 2.5 , CO, SO x , NMVOC, NO x. Transport in Europe is still responsible for damaging levels of air pollutants and a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions, despite some progress in reducing the impacts from transport. Although air pollution has decreased over the last two decades, it is still a major problem in many areas. These pollutants can affect the cardiovascular system, lungs, liver, spleen and blood.

Comparative study finds that B20 increases emission rates of a number of pollutants in both light- and medium-duty diesel engines at idle

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They found that the level of emissions of regulated and unregulated pollutants in diesel exhaust depends on fuel, load, engine calibration, and exhaust aftertreatment technology. Unregulated pollutants also include ozone precursors and bioaccumulative and toxic compounds.

Daimler Trucks NA presents new Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia with fuel efficiency improved up to 8%

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With 412,000 units sold since the launch of the first Cascadia in 2007 the Cascadia is the best-selling Class 8 truck in the NAFTA region. The multi-year program will further increase the fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles while decreasing carbon pollution.

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EU Likely to Miss 2010 Air Pollutant Limits; NOx the Toughest

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Updated emission estimates for the EU for 2010 show just 14 Member States expect to meet their respective 2010 air pollutant limits set under the EU National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive), according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). For the other three pollutants (SO 2 , NMVOCs, NH 3 ) the situation is better, reflecting that most EU Member States are expected to reduce their emissions beyond the level of their ceilings.

Study quantifies impact of oil and gas emissions on Denver’s ozone problem

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Summertime ozone pollution levels in the northern Front Range periodically spike above 70 parts per billion (ppb), which is considered unhealthy—on average, 17 ppb of that ozone is produced locally. Colorado has been out of compliance with federal ozone standard since 2007.

Solvay launches rare earth recycling activity in France

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First launched in 2007, the project required two years of research and development followed by two years of industrialization studies and site selection. A leader in rare earth-based formulations, Solvay develops a large number of innovations used in everyday applications (flat screens, low-energy light bulbs, automotive pollution control, high precision optics, etc.). Belgium-based chemical group Solvay has opened two rare earth recycling units in France.

Ford and Baidu invest $150M in Velodyne LiDAR

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Baidu is developing autonomous vehicles with the intention to increase passenger safety and reduce traffic congestion and pollution in China. By 2007, Hall had transitioned the focus of Velodyne to LiDAR sensors. Velodyne LiDAR, Inc., a global leader in LiDAR (Light, Detection and Ranging) technology, announced the completion of a combined $150 million investment from co-investors Ford Motor Company and China’s leading search engine company Baidu, Inc.

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It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

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Tags: carbon producers toxic waste fossil fuels greenwashing environment coal-fired power plants climate change China global warming coal carbon mattresses Killer Coal pollution India

Black carbon is a much larger cause of climate change than previously assessed; about twice previous estimates, and 2/3 the effect of CO2

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Black carbon (BC) is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this pollutant’s climate impact.

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.

Study finds high exhaust temperatures within NTE operation for heavy-duty diesels with aftertreatment systems contribute to high nanoparticle concentrations

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Although there is a great deal of effort focused on the engine control strategies for combustion-based reduction of both, actual deployment is limited due to the well-known trade-off between the two criteria pollutants (reducing one increases the other) as well as a fuel economy penalty incurred with some in-cylinder technologies, the researchers note. The team used a MY 2007 Volvo MD11 engine compliant with USEPA 2007 emissions standards.

EPA making $20M available for clean diesel projects

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Request for Proposals ( EPA-OAR-OTAQ-12-05 ) with up to $20 million in FY 2012 grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing pollution from the existing fleet of diesel engines. 2007 model year or newer heavy-duty engine. However, older diesels that predate these standards emit large amounts of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NO x ) and particulate matter (PM).

HEI ACES study of lifetime animal exposure to New Technology Diesel Engine exhaust finds no lung cancer

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exhaust from heavy-duty diesel engines meeting EPA 2007 and later emissions requirements—has found no evidence of carcinogenic lung tumors. The Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study (ACES), released today by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), also confirmed that the concentrations of particulate matter and toxic air pollutants emitted from NTDE are more than 90% lower than emissions from traditional older diesel engines (TDE).

Satellite altimeter data study finds global ship traffic up 4x over past 20 years

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Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, likely causing more water, air and noise pollution on the open seas, according to a new study quantifying global ship traffic. Shipping is also a major source of noise pollution, which is increasingly considered potentially harmful to marine mammals, said Jean Tournadre, a geophysicist at Ifremer, the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea in Plouzane, and the study author.