Study demonstrates association between personal exposure to air pollution and vascular damage

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Furthermore, most of those studies used data on the air pollution levels measured in the area around the participants’ homes and did not monitor personal exposure, a method that provides more accurate information. m in diameter) and black carbon.

2020 292

Up close and personal with Volkswagen’s e-Golf carbon offset project: Garcia River Forest

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In 2014, Volkswagen of America announced that starting with the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions battery-electric 2015 e-Golf ( earlier post ), it would invest in projects to offset the carbon emissions created from the e-Golf on a full lifecycle basis: production, distribution and up to approximately 36,000 miles (57,936 km) of driving. The carbon offset program is a key element of Volkswagen’s holistic approach to e-Mobility. Carbon offsets.

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Study: EVs put to use in ride-hailing deliver more carbon benefits than in personal use

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Replacing a gasoline ride-hailing vehicle with an EV can deliver three times the carbon reduction of a

2020 97

More people in the vehicle means less fuel use per person: Comparing SUVs and cars

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Consequently, SUVs emit more carbon dioxide per vehicle mile than do cars. persons, and assuming the weight of 100 pounds for an average occupant (including men, women, and children), the calculations were rerun assuming a reduction of the average fuel economy of SUVs by 0.29% (from 23.3 by Michael Sivak. Compared with cars, SUVs consume more energy per vehicle mile. However, in the United States, the typical occupancy is higher for SUVs than for cars.

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UC Davis researcher finds ride-hailing EVs offer triple the emissions benefits of a personally owned EV

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Replacing a gasoline-powered ride-hailing vehicle with an electric vehicle can deliver three times the carbon benefits of a personally owned electric vehicle, according to a study by a University of California, Davis, researcher of Uber and Lyft data. Ride-hailing vehicles travel more miles than personal vehicles, making them more efficient.

2020 207

Smartphones and sensors as personal, real-time pollution monitors

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The children also received small sensors, the micro-aethalometer model AE51, to measure black carbon levels simultaneously and continuously. The aims of this study were to examine (1) the variability in personal air pollution levels during the day and (2) the relationship between modeled home and school estimates and continuously measured personal air pollution exposure levels in different microenvironments (e.g.,

2015 199

Global Carbon Project: Global carbon emissions growth slows, but hits record high

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Driven by rising natural gas and oil consumption, levels of CO 2 are expected to hit 37 billion metric tons this year, according to new estimates from the Global Carbon Project (GCP), an initiative led by Stanford University scientist Rob Jackson. increase in carbon dioxide emissions for 2019.

2019 195

ExxonMobil expands participation in MIT Energy Initiative’s low-carbon research; Mobility of Future study

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ExxonMobil said extended its support of the MIT Energy Initiative’s (MITEI) low-carbon energy research and education mission by renewing its status as a founding member for another five years. With its renewed membership, ExxonMobil will expand its participation in MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers. The company will: Extend its membership in MITEI’s Center for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage. Join MITEI’s Mobility Systems Center, its newest Low-Carbon Energy Center.

2019 150

LowCVP announces winners of Low Carbon Urban Mobility Technology Challenge

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The UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced six winners of the Low Carbon Urban Mobility Technology Challenge —a competition to identify and promote low carbon innovations with the potential to cut carbon emissions and other environmental impacts arising from transport in cities. SusMobil presented a design for a low carbon, community-managed car club specifically aimed at short inner-city journeys.

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California ARB study finds commuters’ exposures to air pollution greatly depends on mode of travel; light rail, personal vehicles the lowest

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The study, published recently in Atmospheric Environment , investigated commuter exposure to PM 2.5 , black carbon (BC), and ultrafine particles (UFP) in six common transport microenvironments in Sacramento, California. The researchers found that electricity-powered light rail trains offer the least polluted travel environment followed by personal vehicles, while commute trips by older technology diesel-powered trains experienced the highest average air pollution levels in Sacramento.

2017 150

New low-temp photocatalytic nanoparticle could shrink carbon footprint for syngas; methane dry reforming

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Syngas can be made in many ways, but one of those, methane dry reforming, is increasingly important because the chemical inputs are methane and carbon dioxide, two potent and problematic greenhouse gases. In dry reforming, the oxygen atoms come from carbon dioxide rather than steam.

2020 269

Pure Planet App Launched — New Digital Carbon-Information Services

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Bath, UK:Today 100% renewable energy supplier Pure Planet and bp are launching a new digital service that allows households and drivers of petrol, diesel and electric cars to accurately see the financial cost and the emissions of their personal energy use.

What we don’t admit about carbon dioxide

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The fundamental green attribute of an EV is its ability to provide personal mobility without producing tailpipe emissions, delivering an unprecedented climate benefit even after accounting for all of its life-cycle emissions.

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CARB moves forward with third-party verification for Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) has supported an innovative revolution in alternative fuels. The LCFS regulation steadily drives down the carbon intensity of transportation fuels sold in California, resulting in cleaner fuels. CARB completed a comprehensive, in-person training for verifier accreditation, including an accreditation exam, in the fourth quarter of 2019. If a fuel has a carbon intensity above that baseline it generates a deficit for the producer.

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One Tonne Life family reduces emissions down to level of 1.5 tonnes CO2 per person per year

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In January 2011, one Swedish family undertook to take part in the “One Tonne Life” project—a six-month experiment to find out if they could reduce their carbon emissions from the national average of 7.3 tonnes per person, per year, to just one tonne. Six months later, the Lindell family reduced their carbon emissions to the level of 1.5 tonnes per person, per year—a reduction level of 80%.

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ExxonMobil Outlook projects hybrids and advanced vehicles to account for nearly 50% of cars globally by 2040; fuel demand for for personal vehicles to peak and decline, while commercial transportation demand rises 70%

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While oil will remain the most widely used fuel, overall energy demand will be reshaped by a continued shift toward less-carbon-intensive energy source as well as steep improvements in energy efficiency in areas such as transportation, where the expanded use of advanced and hybrid vehicles will help push average new-car fuel economy to 48 mpg (4.9 Additionally, to achieve proposed fuel-economy targets, personal vehicles will need to be smaller and lighter than they are today.

2011 322

Audi combines e-scooter with skateboard

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Furthermore, the designers work on decks either in wood or carbon and designs in gray and black. Electric (Battery) Personal TransitAudi has developed a new e-scooter concept to respond to the urban trend towards multi-modal mobility. The Audi e-tron Scooter, combining the advantages of the electric scooter and the skateboard, is designed for sporty riders.

2019 249

IBM Research Initiative Developing Adaptive Systems to Provide Personalized Travel Routes to Avoid Gridlock

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IBM has launched a new research initiative to build personalized travel routes for commuters to avoid traffic gridlock. New models will predict the outcomes of varying transportation routes to provide a personalized recommendation that get commuters where they need to go in the fastest time.

2010 161

MITEI Mobility Systems Center awards four projects for low-carbon transportation research

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The Mobility Systems Center (MSC), one of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers, will fund four new research projects that will allow for deeper insights into achieving a decarbonized transportation sector,including Covid-19 and urban mobility; strategies for electric vehicle charging networks; and infrastructure and economics for hydrogen-fueled transportation. To translate these behavioral changes into energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions estimates.

2020 170

Exclusive Greenius Video: Bill McKibben on Hermosa Beach as a Carbon Neutral City

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Bill is the founder of and we’ve only previously talked together on the radio, so it was a great joy for me to meet Bill in person and exchange hugs and fist bumps. I got a chance to talk to Bill about a few of the things we’re working on here in the Los Angeles area and the first subject was our Carbon Neutral City efforts in Hermosa Beach. Renown environmental author and activist, Bill McKibben , is in Los Angeles today where we met him at the L.A.

2010 251

Europe/US team: transitioning to a low-carbon world will create new rivalries, winners and losers

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In an opinion piece in the journal Nature , a team from the US and Europe suggests that the transition to a low-carbon world will create new rivalries, winners and losers, and that it is therefore necessary to put geopolitics at the heart of debates about the energy transition. abating carbon will create losers. Financial markets divest fossil-fuel assets and reallocate capital to low-carbon firms.

2019 184

IBM releases fifth annual Next Five in Five list of near-term significant innovations; personalized routing for commuting/transportation makes the cut

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Of the five, only one is directly transportation-related: Commuters will be able to quickly access personalized recommendations that help them avoid the congestion issues they routinely face and help them get where they need to go in the fastest time. The full list of five is: Your commute will be personalized. Personalized routing.

2010 185

NCSU study finds shared e-scooters aren’t always as green as other transport options

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E-scooter companies tout themselves as having little or no carbon footprint, which is a bold statement. Electric (Battery) Emissions Lifecycle analysis Personal TransitA new study from North Carolina State University finds that while shared e-scooters may be greener than most cars, they can be less green than several other options, including, in some cases, buses. Their open-access paper is published in the journal E.nvironmental Research Letters.

2019 199

LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The agreement will make Oak Ridge-based LeMond Composites the first company to offer carbon fiber produced by the process to the transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets. On a personal note, the bike riding in this area is incredible.

Two-year study in Canada finds large trucks disproportionately contribute to higher levels of black carbon pollution

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A two-year study led by researchers at the University of Toronto has found large trucks to be the greatest contributors to black carbon emissions close to major roadways. The data also revealed a significant drop in emissions on the 401 on the weekends, when personal vehicle traffic is still very high, but the volume of large truck traffic is low.

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Study finds that suburban sprawl cancels carbon-footprint savings of dense urban cores in US

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Although population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse-gas emissions per person than other areas of the country, these cities’ extensive suburbs essentially wipe out the climate benefits, according to a new study by Christopher Jones and Daniel Kammen at UC Berkeley. The average carbon footprint of households living in the center of large, population-dense urban cities is about 50% below average, while households in distant suburbs are up to twice the average.

2014 227

MIT study suggests carbon tax could help reduce US deficit, lower other taxes, reduce emissions

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A new report from MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change suggests that a tax on carbon emissions could help raise the money needed to reduce the US deficit, while improving the economy, lowering other taxes and reducing emissions. In the report— Carbon Tax Revenue and the Budget Deficit: A Win-Win-Win Solution? Bush-era tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of 2012, leading to interest in raising revenue through a carbon tax.

2012 257

Study shows that urban cyclists have higher levels of black carbon in lungs than pedestrians

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Cyclists in London and other major cities have higher levels of black carbon in their airway cells, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Amsterdam. The results suggests that cyclists inhale more black carbon than pedestrians, which may cause damage to the lungs. The combustion of fossil fuels results in the generation of large numbers of inhalable particles of soot (black carbon).

2011 236

Rice, Lawrence Livermore scientists characterize performance of carbon-based Li-ion battery anodes; simple descriptor

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Lithium-ion batteries could benefit from a theoretical model created at Rice University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that predicts how carbon-based anodes will perform. It doesn’t exactly tell you how strong the person will be, but it gives you some idea. Based on the descriptor, the researchers were able to evaluate various carbon materials.

2014 200

Study shows two-stroke scooters dominant source of air pollution in many cities; asymmetric polluters

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They found that the oxidation of VOCs in 2S scooter emissions produces significant SOA (g carbon (C) kg -1 fuel), with total OA on average 2.9 In contrast, the scooters presented in the study all were equipped with two-way oxidation catalysts, which reduce emissions of carbon monoxide and VOCs). Emissions Health Personal Transit

2014 288

Ford announces Smart Mobility plan; 25 initial projects

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The 25 experiments address four global megatrends—explosive population growth; an expanding middle class; air quality and public health concerns; and changing customer attitudes and priorities—challenging today’s transportation model and limiting personal mobility, especially in urban areas. Ford engineers are working with HP to track the driving habits of 100 vehicles used nationwide by HP employees for work and personal commuting.

2015 232

Toyota and partners launching Cité lib by Ha:mo EV car sharing in Grenoble; ultracompact EVs complementing public transport

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The Toyota i-ROAD is an innovative, fun-to-drive three-wheel personal mobility vehicle equipped with Active Lean technology that emulates the movements of a skier. Toyota considers that electric vehicles are part of the overall solution for low-carbon transport and are especially suited to short-distance, urban journeys, while hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles will prove more practical for longer trips.

2014 229

BMW i novel drive unit swing arm powers HNF eBike

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This permits, for the first time, the combination of a rear suspension and the durable, maintenance-free carbon belt drive on full-suspension eBikes, resulting in excellent propulsion and handling characteristics. To ensure consistent spacing of the low-maintenance carbon drive belt between the spindle and the rear hub, the mid-motor and rear hub are integrated into the drive unit swing arm. Electric (Battery) Personal Transit Vehicle Systems

2015 199

BNEF: Oil price plunge to have only moderate impact on low-carbon electricity development, but likely to slow EV growth

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The collapse in world oil prices in the second half of 2014 will have only a moderate impact on the fast-developing low-carbon transition in the world electricity system, according to research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In any case, renewable energy roll-out in Europe is generally driven by specific targets and policy initiatives, so cheaper gas, combined with a carbon price that has increased 44% so far in 2014, is likely to reverse the recent surge in coal-fired generation.

2014 225

LCA study finds Alcoa forged aluminum wheels cut carbon footprint of commercial vehicles

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Alcoa last week released the findings of a peer-reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) which concluded that Alcoa aluminum wheels substantially cut the carbon footprint of commercial vehicles. switching one truck from steel wheels to forged aluminum wheels in the US average use case is approximately equal to the average annual carbon footprint of a four person household. Alcoa aluminum truck wheels vs. steel wheels (average use case). Source: Alcoa. Click to enlarge.

2012 229

Sustainable Rail International, U of Minnesota partner to develop most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive, using new steam engine and biocoal

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The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR)—a collaboration of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) and the nonprofit Sustainable Rail International (SRI)— plans to develop what it calls the most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive to date, proving the viability of solid biofuel and modern steam locomotive technology. Figure of person provided for scale.

Audi introduces sport e-bike concept at Wörthersee

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The frame and the swinging arm that holds the back wheel are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). Electric (Battery) Personal TransitAudi e-bike Wörthersee. Click to enlarge. One of the highlights on the Audi stand at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour in Austria (an annual gathering of Audi VW, Seat and Skoda enthusiasts) is an electric bicycle technology concept: the Audi e-bike Wörthersee.

2012 288

City of LA, Xerox introduce multi-modal transportation app for commuters

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The app aggregates and calculates the time, cost, carbon footprint, and health benefits from walking, biking, driving your own car, parking, taking public transit, as well as the emerging private transportation options—such as Lyft, Zipcar, FlitWays and Uber—giving users a variety of ways to reach their destination. As the app learns more about its user’s individual travel preferences, it will eventually recommend and highlight personalized commuting options.

2016 150

EcoNav project developing user tools to support more ecologically responsible travel behavior and decisions

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EcoNav aims to provide travelers with personalized mobile and web tools that allow, help and persuade them to behave in an more ecologically responsible manner with regard to their traveling behavior and decisions. EcoNav will build dynamic user models allowing personalizing recommendations based on prior trip choices and individual preferences. Funding: 7FP, Low-carbon multi-modal mobility and freight transport Future and Emerging Technologies (ICT-2011.6.6).

2012 200

Toyota begins testing optimized urban transport system

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The term Ha:mo is being given to TMC-developed systems that seek to provide user-, town-, and community-friendly transport support through the effective use of public transportation in combination with motor vehicles and other forms of personal mobility. Provision of park-and-ride facility information (such as parking space availability) when personal vehicle use is included in a search. Ha:mo Ride EV-sharing station. Click to enlarge.

2012 204

A Good Reason To Cut Cars' Carbon Emissions: CO2 Makes You Fat

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Carbon footprints are a big talking point at the moment - they're your personal contribution to greenhouse gases, usually in terms of carbon dioxide, or CO2 emissions. The latest research out of Denmark suggests our footprints might be getting deeper as well as larger, with the news that CO2 emissions could be making us all fatter. If that sounds

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ExxonMobil projects 25% energy demand increase between 2014-2040, 50% decline in carbon intensity; hybrids to be 40% of new car sales

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At the same time, energy efficiency gains and increased use of renewable energy sources and lower carbon fuels, such as natural gas, are expected to help reduce by half the carbon intensity of the global economy. Natural gas remains challenged as a fuel for most personal vehicles. The outlook projects that global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions will peak around 2030 and then start to decline.

2016 183

Study examines potential for alternatives to new car ownership models to advance EV market

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Car clubs and car rental operators are seen as an important testing ground and route to wider adoption for plug-in electric and other ultra-low-carbon vehicles. What is the cost per tonne of CO 2 saved for the different types of car access (assuming the carbon impact is positive)? Electric (Battery) Fleets Mobility Mobility services Personal Transit Urban mobility

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