Study: 25% EV adoption would save US $17B annually from avoided climate change & pollution damages

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A new study led by researchers from Northwestern University projects that if electric vehicles replaced 25% of combustion engine cars currently on the road, the United States would save approximately $17 billion annually by avoiding damages from climate change and air pollution. This highlights the potential of co-beneficial solutions to climate change that not only curb greenhouse gas emissions but also reduce the health burden of harmful air pollution.

Study suggests future climate changes to worsen air quality for >85% of China’s population; ~20k+ additional deaths each year

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A study by a team of researchers from China, the US and Germany suggests that future climate change may worsen air quality for more than 85% of China’s population, leading to an additional 20,000 deaths each year. The team used a combination of climate, air quality, and epidemiological models to assess future air pollution deaths in a changing climate under Representative Concentration Pathway 4.5 (RCP Projected changes in mean annual PM 2.5

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PCAST suggests 6 key components for climate change strategy to President Obama; adaptation and mitigation

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter to President Obama describing six key components the advisory group believes should be central to the Administration’s strategy for addressing climate change. The first component aims to reduce the damage resulting from changes in climate (“adaptation”), while the last five aim to reduce the pace and magnitude of these changes (“mitigation”).

OECD: governments should make better use of energy taxation to address climate change; “meaningful” increases limited to road sector

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Greater reliance on energy taxation is needed to strengthen efforts to tackle the principal source of both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, according to a new OECD report. Tax rates were below the low-end estimate of climate costs (EUR 30/tCO 2 ) for 97% of emissions. The report assesses the magnitude and coverage of taxes on energy use in 2015, and considers change between 2012 and 2015. Climate Change Emissions Policy

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Georgia Tech study projects potential mixed impacts of climate change policies on air quality

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In the study, the researchers assessed the impact of four potential climate mitigation policies—two climate tax scenarios (CT1 and CT2); a combined transportation and energy scenario (TE); a biomass energy (BE) scenario; plus a reference case—on air quality in the US in 2050 using a chemical transport model (CTM) to simulate air pollutant concentrations and applying recent climate downscaling and emissions modeling advancements.

US rejects Keystone XL pipeline, citing combatting climate change as critical factor; Kerry: arguments pro and con “overstated”

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The critical factor in my determination was this: moving forward with this project would significantly undermine our ability to continue leading the world in combatting climate change. The reality is that this decision could not be made solely on the numbers—jobs that would be created, dirty fuel that would be transported here, or carbon pollution that would ultimately be unleashed. … Climate Change Infrastructure Oil sands

US rejects Keystone XL pipeline, citing combatting climate change as critical factor; Kerry: arguments pro and con “overstated”

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The critical factor in my determination was this: moving forward with this project would significantly undermine our ability to continue leading the world in combatting climate change. The reality is that this decision could not be made solely on the numbers—jobs that would be created, dirty fuel that would be transported here, or carbon pollution that would ultimately be unleashed. … Climate Change Infrastructure Oil sands

The Climate Change Caravan

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Say Hello to Guest Blogger Alexis Ringwald - with this first dispatch from the Climate Change Caravan in India. On January 3, 2009, a group of passionate individuals launched the Climate Solutions Road Tour : an epic month-long 3,500 km journey from Chennai to New Delhi, India to demonstrate that clean transportation solutions do exist and call upon automakers globally to build them. Diesel and petrol make too much pollution.

German High Court Rules Delaying Climate Action Harms Youth

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Germany’s highest court ruled Thursday that the country’s 2019 climate law unconstitutionally saddles young people with the burden of fighting climate change by “irreversibly offload[ing] major emission reductions burdens onto periods after 2030.”

EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan sees likely increase in tropospheric ozone, with more difficulty in attaining NAAQS in many areas

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Among the many climate-related vulnerabilities that can impact its mission, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites a likely increase in tropospheric ozone pollution as potentially making it more difficult to attain National Ambient Air Quality Standards ( NAAQS ) in many areas with existing ozone problems. The analysis comes in a draft Climate Change Adaptation Plan that the agency has released for public comment. Climate Change Emissions Policy

Perspective: The Role of Offsets in Climate Change Legislation

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This article shows that including offsets in climate change legislation would likely make an emissions program more cost-effective by: (a) providing an incentive for non-regulated sources to generate emission reductions; and (b) expanding emission compliance opportunities for regulated entities. From a global climate change perspective, it does not matter where or from what source the reduction occurs: the effect on the atmospheric concentration of GHGs would be the same.

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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Other environmental concerns have pushed ahead of climate change on a global average basis. Concern about climate change/global warming among online consumers around the world took a back-seat to other environmental issues such as air and water pollution, water shortages, packaging waste and use of pesticides, according to Nielsen’s 2011 Global Online Environment & Sustainability Survey of more than 25,000 Internet respondents in 51 countries.

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

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A “fast-action” climate agenda including reducing non-CO 2 climate change agents such as black carbon soot, tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), as well as expanding bio-sequestration through biochar production, can forestall fast-approaching abrupt climate changes, according to Nobel Laureate Dr. Mario Molina (Chemistry, 1995) and co-authors in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Climate policy.

GM achieves perfect scores on climate change data disclosure and performance in CDP report

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General Motors for the first time achieved perfect scores on both climate change data disclosure and performance submitted to CDP , the world’s only global environmental disclosure system. The CDP program enables management of greenhouse gas emissions and risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The achievement was announced as world leaders gather in New York City during Climate Week to discuss the challenges and opportunities of global warming.

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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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the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. 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. Accounting for all of the ways black carbon can affect climate, it is believed to have a warming effect of about 1.1

White House forms Climate Innovation Working Group; on the way to ARPA-C

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President Biden has created a new Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the National Climate Task Force to advance his commitment to launching an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C). The working group is intended to help coordinate and strengthen federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help achieve the goal of net zero economy-wide emissions by 2050.

@LaTimes Greenwashes Climate Crisis & Threat To Readers By Claiming Surrender Is “War On Climate” As Los Angelenos Choke On Nation’s Worst Air Pollution #JoeTakesOnTheNews

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California ARB and NOAA Collaborating in $20M Research on Interaction of Air Pollution and Climate Change; One Atmosphere Approach

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Schematic diagram of the trade-offs between the implications for regional air quality and global climate change of new policies for management of the atmosphere. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are collaborating in the $20-million CalNex research project to examine the nexus between air pollution and climate change. Tags: Climate Change Climate models Emissions

Study projects thermoelectric power in Europe and US vulnerable to climate change due to lower summer river flows and higher river water temperatures

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Projected changes in summer mean usable capacity of power plants in the US and Europe for the SRES A2 emissions scenario for the 2040s (2031–2060) relative to the control period (1971–2000). A study published in Nature Climate Change suggests that thermoelectric power plants (i.e., 16% in the United States depending on cooling system type and climate scenario for 2031—2060. Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1546.

California and Shenzhen, China, sign agreement to cooperate on fighting climate change

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Moving to further strengthen California’s ties with China, California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols and Director of the Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission Xu Anliang signed a memorandum of understanding in Shenzhen that will expand cooperation at the subnational level to tackle global climate change. Additionally, California and Shenzhen agree to monitor and share the best available climate and pollution-related science and research.

Exploding, Dirty, Polluting Torrance Refinery Continues To Terrorize Residents As It Spews Lies Along With Climate Killing Carbon

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Study Finds That Climate Change Mitigation in Land Transport Should Benefit Public Health Substantially

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A new study by an international team of researchers using Comparative Risk Assessment methods to estimate the health effects of alternative urban land transport scenarios for two settings—London, UK, and Delhi, India—concluded that although uncertainties remain, climate change mitigation in transport should benefit public health substantially. They developed separate models that linked transport scenarios with physical activity, air pollution, and risk of road traffic injury.

Polluting Posers With Pickup Trucks Make Greedy Carmakers Rich And Don’t See The Fossil Free Future Coming #JoeTakesOnTheNews

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Study Concludes Warming Climate Will Increase Ozone Levels in Major California Air Basins; Climate Change and Regional Air Quality Are Intertwined Problems

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Illustration of projected ozone changes in the South Coast region due to climate change in 2050. In a new report released by the California Air Resources Board, scientists from the University of California at Davis and Berkeley estimate that rising temperatures from climate change will increase ozone levels in California’s major air basins. Our study reveals that climate change and regional air pollution are intertwined problems.

Environmental Markets and Environmental Justice

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Offset markets for air pollution don’t worsen environmental inequality, though they also don’t improve it. Uncategorized air pollution climate climate change emissions market featured(This blog is co-authored with Reed Walker).

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@MayorOfLA Is Ready! Garcetti Comes Out Gunning For Gas – Scattergood, Haynes & Harbor Power Plants To Stop Shoving Pollution Down Citizens Throats, Calls For Shutdown Of Aliso Canyon. #MerchantsOfDoubt In Fossil Fuel Industry Argue For More Climate Destruction

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City Council, board members of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commission and long term colleagues from the climate justice action community to be part of a historic announcement. ” – this means that mega-polluting, constantly climate-killing, fossil fuel Chevron must go too. Just like the damage they’ve done to our livable climate. At 9am on Tuesday morning this week I stood with Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, members of the L.A.

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

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But now that I’ve found out they’re still lying and covering up their role in climate change and the size of their own carbon footprint, I’m going to have to get tougher with them. I know they share my deep understanding of the climate change reality along with Exxon/Mobil’s huge role in adding to the greenhouse gasses that will seal our fate if their emissions are not drastically reduced.

Carnegie study finds climate impact of particulates varies greatly depending on where the pollution originated

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However, while greenhouse gases cause warming by trapping heat in the atmosphere, some aerosols can have a cooling effect on the climate because the aerosol particles cause more of the sun’s light to be reflected away from the planet. Now, a study by Geeta Persad and Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science finds that the impact these fine particles have on the climate varies greatly depending on where they were released. Climate Change Emissions

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MIT team finds aviation emissions’ impacts on air quality larger than on climate

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Researchers at MIT have determined that growth in aviation causes twice as much damage to air quality as to the climate. In an open-access paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters , they examine how this damage can be mitigated, and provide consistent comparative assessments of aviation emissions trade-offs, considering both climate and air quality impacts. Aviation emissions are an increasingly significant contributor to anthropogenic climate change.

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Get Your Monkeywrenches Ready! Politicians Beg For Climate Change Wake Up Call

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While the finely tailored and pampered leaders of the G8 met in Italy to talk the issue of climate change to death and do nothing tangible about it, activists with a more realistic sense of urgency started to take the necessary action to start cutting greenhouse gases right now. Brave environmental activists from Greenpeace actually took a bold climate initiative today, doing so in my grandfather’s homeland of Italy, where they occupied four coal-fired power plants.

Don’t Look For Truth In @LATimes About Arson Fire Started By Phillips 66 Oil Company To Increase Prices & Pollution #JoeTakesOnTheNews

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Report: $12.1T must be invested in new renewable power generation over next 25 years to limit climate change

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To reach the level of investment in new renewable power generation needed to avert dangerous climate change, $12.1 The report, Mapping the Gap: Road from Paris, was announced at the UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk, a gathering of 500 global investors this week organized by Ceres, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Office of Partnerships. trillion of investment will be needed over the next 25 years—$5.2

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IRENA: doubling global share of renewable energy by 2030 could save trillions annually from avoided expenditures on pollution and climate change

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The energy transition is well underway in the power sector, but to reach global climate and development targets, the next phase will require more focus on transport, heating and cooling. Achieving this would increase the cost of the global energy system by roughly USD $290 billion per year in 2030, but the savings achieved through this doubling—due to avoided expenditures on air pollution and climate change—are up to 15 times higher than this cost.

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US Global Change Research Program Issues Report on Impacts of Climate Change in US; Details Point to Potential Value of Early, Aggressive Action

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Widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now in the US and are expected to increase. Climate change is already having visible impacts in the United States, and the choices we make now will determine the severity of its impacts in the future, according to the final release of the report “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States”. It is clear that climate change is happening now. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.

When You See Something, Say Something: Climate Emergency Alarm Bells Ringing While Local Electeds Pretend Not To Hear

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Just four months ago, in October, the UN’s IPCC Climate Report gave us, at best, 12 years to take bold and drastic action in cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if we want to limit the level of already baked-in climate catastrophe. If we continue our head-in-the-sand, business as usual path, we are headed straight for runaway, uncontrollable destruction of our livable climate. In 2019 alone more easy-to-connect climate crisis dots have made worldwide news: .

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CARB draft of updated AB 32 Scoping Plan for climate change actions post-2020; pushing for greater transportation reductions

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The Scoping Plan describes the comprehensive range of efforts California must take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and meet the state’s long-term goals to combat climate change. What steps must California now take to meet the state’s climate goals beyond 2020? An overview of the current science of climate change in the draft includes an expanded discussion of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane and black carbon.

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UC Riverside researcher awarded $450K grant to study impact of black carbon particles on climate change and air quality

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A University of California, Riverside assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering has received a $450,000 grant to study the impact of air-polluting black carbon particles as a way to mitigate climate change. Asa-Awuku’s research focuses on the formation and composition of aerosols, particles such as black carbon that contribute to air pollution, with an emphasis on their ability to absorb water. Clouds have an important role in climate change.

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Ozone pollution will worsen climate change impact, study suggest

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Air pollution and ground-level ozone may worsen the impact that climate change is having on food crop production around the world, according to new research. Ground-level ozone is formed when pollutants from cars and industry react with sunlight, with the amount of ozone produced increasing as tem[.]. Green credentials

Crowdsourcing air pollution measurements: iSPEX-EU 2015

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Atmospheric aerosols play an important but as-yet poorly understood role in climate and air quality, with significant impacts on the environment, health, and air traffic. The current iSPEX-EU project, which runs until 15 October, is a scaled-up version of the original iSPEX-project that enlisted the general public to contribute to the understanding of air pollution. Climate Change Climate models Emissions Health

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EPA proposes new GHG rules for light-duty vehicles; updating emission standards for heavy-duty trucks

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In addition, EPA announced plans to update air pollution standards for heavy-duty vehicles. Benefits result from improved public health, fuel savings, and reduced impacts from climate change such as property damages due to increased flooding and changes to agricultural production. EPA also announced plans to reduce GHG emissions and other harmful air pollutants from heavy-duty trucks. Climate Change Emissions Market Background Regulations

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Virginia Legislature passes Clean Car Standards bill; to Governor for signing

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At the end of last week, the Virginia State Senate passed HB 1965, which directs the State Air Pollution Control Board to implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. Transportation accounts for the greatest share (48%) of greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia, and associated air pollution from cars and trucks is also an immediate health risk. Climate Change Emissions Fuel Efficiency Regulations

3 East Coast states and DC first to participate in TCI-P cap-and-invest program for transportation

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The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) expects to cut greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles in the region by an estimated 26% from 2022 to 2032, and generate a total of more than $3 billion dollars over ten years for the participating jurisdictions to invest. Auctioning those allowances would generate $300 million every year among the jurisdictions for investments in equitable, less polluting, and more resilient transportation, according to the program.

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Greyrock, NREL study determines reduction in GHG and criteria pollutant emissions from using synthetic fuels produced from flare gas

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A “well-to-wheel” life cycle assessment (LCA) by a team from synthetic fuels producer Greyrock ( earlier post ), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has determined the potential reduction of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutant emissions from the use of synthetic fuels directly converted from flare gas. This blend was also found to reduce criteria air pollutant emissions by an average of 28%, 18%, 24% and 5.5%

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