Stamp of Approval

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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.

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The Wall Street Journals

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Fialka Wall Street Journal March 26, 2007 AUSTIN, Texas -- Of all the plans cooked up by cities to combat pollution and global warming, the one hatched here is among the most ambitious -- and, some say, one of the more quixotic.

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Trending Sources

Plug-in Hybrid Study: Electricity Better

Plugs and Cars

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

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More Tools (i.e. toys.)

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The 914 doesn't run well at all when its cold and after going to the DEQ, I realized that I'm going to need a lot of work to get the car to pass emissions (it's a rather gross polluter right now). I've been mulling over some ideas for the past few days.

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Whither CARB?

Plugs and Cars

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.

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Soot and Spin: Two Plug-in Paradoxes

Plugs and Cars

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.

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Toyota, too, Says No

Plugs and Cars

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.,

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

Plugs and Cars

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.

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

Plugs and Cars

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.

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ex-CARB Chair Sawyer's Open Letter to Schwarzenegger

Plugs and Cars

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."

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Schwarzenegger's Green Cred Fading with CARB Caos

Plugs and Cars

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.

2007 100

Hydrogen Hyped: BMW Does Pogue

Plugs and Cars

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?

2007 100

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

Plugs and Cars

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.

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

Green Car Congress

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%.

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

Green Car Congress

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

Creative Greenius

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.

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Emissions of Air Pollutants down in EU-27

Green Car Congress

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%.

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

Green Car Congress

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

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

Green Car Congress

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.

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

Green Car Congress

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.

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

Green Car Congress

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.

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

Green Car Congress

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.

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Study finds even moderate air pollution can raise stroke risks; risk rises within hours of exposure

Green Car Congress

Air pollution, even at levels generally considered safe by federal regulations, increases the risk of stroke by 34%, according to a new study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The link between increased stroke risk and these particulates can be observed within hours of exposure and are most strongly associated with pollution from local or transported traffic emissions. Mittleman, MD, DrPH (2012) Ambient Air Pollution and the Risk of Acute Ischemic Stroke.

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

Green Car Congress

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.

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It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

Creative Greenius

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

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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.

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Milan gives up cars on the Sabbath

Green Cars News

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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President Plugs In

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The Administration will also step up the Nation's research in better batteries for use in hybrid and electric cars and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. The 2007 Budget includes $30 million – a $6.7 ev world This is from the EV World Blog.

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Exxon/Mobil Guilty of Climate Change Coverup. Now Ordered Out of Torrance 3 Years Sooner.

Creative Greenius

As responsible civic leaders they know they can no longer support having an Exxon/Mobil refinery in our town spewing its deadly pollution and climate changing greenhouse gasses, just as we can no longer tie our city’s economic tax base to such a carbon based albatross.

Detroit Diesel to pay $28.5M to settle MY 2010 diesel emissions complaint from EPA and DOJ

Green Car Congress

million on projects to reduce nitrogen oxide and other pollutants, including replacing high-polluting diesel school buses and locomotive engines with models that meet current emissions standards. The school bus and locomotive replacement projects in the settlement will reduce ambient air levels of NO x and other pollutants. When EPA signed emission standards for model year 2007 and later heavy-duty highway engines, it included a phase-in on the ultimate NO x standard (0.20

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NYC Goes EV

Revenge of the Electric Car

Electric cars, though, could “provide a significant reduction in fuel usage, greenhouse gas emissions, noise, and local air pollution compared to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles,” according to the electric vehicle study. In 2007, the administration announced a plan to replace the city’s 13,000 taxis with conventional hybrid cars by 2012. This Tesla is one of a number of electric cars coming on the market. Will Electric Cars Give New York a Charge?

IEA: record oil output from US, Brazil, Canada and Norway to keep global markets well supplied

Green Car Congress

China remains the main engine of demand growth, but more stringent policies to curb air pollution will slow growth. of demand by 2023, the lowest number since 2007.

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Puget Sound Clean Air Agency soliciting proposals for heavy-duty engine upgrade technologies

Green Car Congress

As part of its environmental strategy, the Port of Seattle will require all heavy-duty trucks serving the Port to meet the equivalent of 2007 engine emission standards by the end of 2017. Diesel engines emit fine particle pollution, a toxic pollutant of concern to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The 2007 EPA heavy-duty compression ignition emission standard limits particulate emissions (PM) to 0.01

Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Each of the aforementioned “primary energy sources&# generates carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases plus other pollutants coming from the contaminants or byproducts of using these “primary energy sources&#. The coal ash is known to have many toxic metals and other pollutants.

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Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

One thing is for sure; - electric cars bring down the air pollution, but they sure create another waste pollution problem. April 10, 2009 2:28 pm Link Nothing pollutes more than the tailpipe of a internal combustion engine car.

Annual American Lung Association report shows continued progress in air quality, but more to be done

Green Car Congress

The American Lung Association released its annual report on air quality, State of the Air 2011 , which includes lists of the nation’s most polluted metropolitan areas. This year’s report finds that the majority of American cities most-polluted by ozone (smog) or year-round particle pollution (soot) have improved, showing continued progress in the cleanup of toxics under the requirements of the Clean Air Act. Only 10 counties received an “F” for year-round particle pollution.

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Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Heres our three-paragaph summary and a link to the first of several postings on the subject at CalCars-News : July 2007 EPRI-NRDC Definitive Study: PHEVs Will Reduce Emissions If Broadly Adopted The EPRI-NRDC studies finally give an environmental stamp of approval to PHEVs.

Asia Poised For Hybrid Electric Growth

Hybrid SUV Blog

Traffic, pollution, and the economic strain of constant fuel price increase is taking its toll in these economies, opening new doors of opportunities for green technologies and clean-powered vehicles like electric cars and hybrid SUVs to enter in.

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

Green Car Congress

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. These climate pollutants the potential to warm the atmosphere hundreds and even thousands of times more than CO 2.

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