As states continue to use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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The calculated relative amounts of well-to-wheels emissions of greenhouse gases from eight different energy sources are shown in the table below. These results indicate that coal and oil are the energy sources leading to most emissions, and that hydro, wind, and nuclear are the energy sources leading to least emissions. On the two extremes, coal and oil result in about 176 times the emissions from hydro. Proportional amount of emissions relative to hydro.

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Study: air pollution caused 1.1M deaths across Africa in 2019, toll from outdoor pollution rising

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Air pollution was responsible for 1.1 Deaths attributable to household air pollution and ambient particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) air pollution in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and overall in Africa, 1990–2019. Economic output lost to air-pollution-related disease was $3.0

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Report: Plastics industry will release more GHGs than coal plants in the US by 2030

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Plastics are on track to contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than coal plants in the US by 2030, according to new report by Beyond Plastics, a nationwide project based at Bennington College in Vermont. The report details the ten stages when plastics emit significant greenhouse gases (GHG), measured here in 100-year carbon dioxide equivalent weights: Hydrofracking of plastics feedstock releases methane, a powerful climate change pollutant.

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As states use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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The calculated relative amounts of well-to-wheels emissions of greenhouse gases from eight different energy sources are shown in the table below. On the two extremes, coal and oil result in about 176 times the emissions from hydro. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research.

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New study puts air-pollution related deaths in India in 2019 at 1.67 million

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Air pollution in India resulted 1.67 million deaths in 2019—the largest pollution-related death toll in any country in the world—and also accounted for $36.8 billion (US) in economic losses, according to a new study led by researchers from the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at Boston College, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and the Public Health Foundation of India. The 2019 death toll attributed to air pollution in India accounted for 17.8%

2020 260

CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Electric vehicles charged in coal-heavy regions can create more human health and environmental damages from life cycle air emissions than gasoline vehicles, according to a new consequential life cycle analysis by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. However, the anticipated—albeit now possibly delayed, per the recent Supreme Court decision—retirement of coal-fired power plants will make electric vehicles more competitive on an air emissions basis, the researchers found.

2016 190

Harvard/Nanjing study: China’s war on PM2.5 pollution is causing more severe ozone pollution

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In early 2013, the Chinese government declared a war on air pollution and began instituting stringent policies to regulate the emissions of PM 2.5. Cities restricted the number of cars on the road, coal-fired power plants reduced emissions or were shuttered and replaced with natural gas. pollution is falling, harmful ground-level ozone pollution is on the rise, especially in large cities. Emissions Policy Regulations

2019 221

AQLI: new data reveals little progress globally in reducing air pollution over the last two decades

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Particulate air pollution continues to cut global life expectancy by nearly two years as progress in some countries counterbalances worsening air quality in others, according to the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI). China began a “war against pollution” in 2013.

2020 222

EPA rolls back emissions standards on coal plants

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On Thursday, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows. The proposal came on the eve of a climate summit in Poland that started over the weekend where world leaders were set to codify the next steps in. EPA global warming

2018 110

EPA dissolves boards of pollution scientists

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Under acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal-industry lobbyist, analyzing those pollutants will be left to the EPA's internal Clean Air Scientific Advisory. emissions EPA air pollutionThe EPA has dismissed two panels of outside scientists that advised the agency on particulate matter and ground-level ozone, which have been linked to smog and respiratory problems.

2018 86

Are EVs Charged Mostly By Coal Power in the US?

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One of the common arguments you hear from people in America who are not fans of the idea of electric vehicles is that they are mostly charged from electricity produced from coal power plants. Heavy Coal Using States Accounted for Only 10% of EV Sales in 2020.

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PM2.5 pollution now associated with chronic kidney disease

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pollution, new open-access research published in PLOS ONE suggests that PM 2.5 Similar to smoking, air pollution contains harmful toxins that can directly affect the kidneys. High-risk patients who live in heavily populated or polluted areas should recognize the danger and take precautions, Bragg-Gresham says. If you look at areas that are heavily polluted versus areas that are less polluted, you will find more chronic kidney disease. Emissions Health

2018 204

Polish study links pollution and winter with rise in heart attack treatment

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Heavily polluted areas have a higher rate of angioplasty procedures to treat blocked arteries than areas with clean air, according to research to be presented at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. Procedures are even more common in winter, the most polluted time of year. Epidemiological studies have reported negative impacts of pollution on the cardiovascular system but the effects on specific diseases were unclear. Emissions Health

2019 204

Stanford study finds current carbon capture technology inefficient & increases air pollution

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Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, suggests that carbon capture technologies are inefficient and increase air pollution. However, this research finds that it reduces only a small fraction of carbon emissions, and it usually increases air pollution. Wind replacing fossil fuels always reduces air pollution and never has a capture equipment cost. Only when wind replaced coal itself did social costs decrease.

2019 230

Poor air quality to remain a problem in India despite pollution control policies

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in 2030 even if India were to comply with its existing pollution control policies and regulations. However, aligning sustainable development policies to the implementation of advanced emission control technologies could provide NAAQS-compliant air quality to about 85% of the Indian population. A significant share of emissions still originates from sources associated with poverty and underdevelopment such as solid fuel use in households and waste management practices.

2019 225

Don't worry about coal, electric cars are still cleaner

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One of the easiest ways for electric-car drivers to get in an argument is discussing how much coal-fired electricity contributes to pollution. emissionsNow a new study by BNEF (a Bloomberg spinoff) can help give electric-car drivers some peace of mind in these arguments. It shows that electric cars are cleaner—even when they do run on primarily.

2019 117

Researchers clarify links between NOx and airborne sulfates to tackle hazy air pollution

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Among pollutants that are less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5 ), airborne sulfate is one of the most common components of hazy air pollution formed atmospherically via the oxidation of sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ). Managing sulfate pollution has dogged researchers and governments alike as it is not produced directly from pollution sources, unlike NO x which are clearly emitted from vehicle exhaust, and the combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, diesel and natural gas.

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HEI report finds current levels of air pollution have reduced life expectancy by 1.67 years on average worldwide

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This year’s report includes the latest results on air pollution exposure and its health burden around the world based on the 2017 GBD (Global Burden of Disease) study. Among the findings of the report is that current levels of air pollution levels have reduced life expectancy by 1 year and 8 months (1.67 Air pollution now reduces average life expectancy by almost as much as tobacco use (1 yr, 10 mo). million deaths, while household air pollution accounted for 1.6

2019 228

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%.

2009 204

'Rolling Coal' Fine Would Be $5,000 Under Proposed Illinois Law

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It''s called "rolling coal"--and drivers of hybrid and electric cars report that it often seemed to be directed at them. Green Illinois air pollution emissions legislation Over the past few years, some of America''s, shall we say, less enlightened drivers hit upon a new trend. They started modifying big diesel trucks to spew clouds of soot and smoke whenever the driver hit the accelerator.

Study associates in-utero exposure to PM2.5 pollution with higher blood pressure in childhood

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air pollution during the third trimester of their mother’s pregnancy had a higher risk of elevated blood pressure in childhood, according to new research by a team led by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. microns or less (PM 2.5 ) is a form of air pollution produced by motor vehicles and the burning of oil, coal and biomass, and has been shown to enter the circulatory system and negatively affect human health.

2018 221

Study links breathing in black carbon from polluted air to alterations in lung blood vessels

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The study adds to the evidence that exposure to diesel pollutants at what are considered relatively low levels may contribute to subtle changes in the lungs that may make people more prone to developing chronic lung disease, the third leading cause of death globally. The project was based in the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Lung and Air Pollution Studies. Emissions Health

2019 192

Coal in China: huge problem for clean power, climate efforts

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But the country's reliance on coal for electricity generation still poses a huge problem for these. emissions China climate change renewable energy clean energy air pollution fossil fuelsOver the past few years, China has made impressive strides in renewable-energy investment. The promotion of renewable energy will only become more important as China works to meet its commitments under the recently-ratified Paris climate agreement.

2016 86

Tsinghua/Argonne Study Finds That Mass Use of EVs in China Could Result in Higher CO2 and Criteria Pollutant Emissions Than Conventional and Hybrid Gasoline Vehicles Due to Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity

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Fuel-cycle SO 2 emissions of EVs compared to those of gasoline ICEVs and HEVs in China, current (left) and future (right). The study examined the fuel-cycle CO 2 , SO 2 , and NO x emissions of EVs in China in both current (2008) and future (2030) periods and compared them with those of conventional gasoline vehicles and gasoline hybrids. and NO x emissions. Coal-based power dominates in the Northeast and North generation mixes, with a proportion as high as 95-98%.

2010 240

China Alone Now Burns Half The World's Coal, New Data Reveals

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China now burns half of the world's coal, according to newly-released data that appears to correct previous government estimates. This latest data shows that China has been burning up to 17 percent more coal annually than its government previously reported. emissions China energy policy climate change energy air pollutionThat means China may have also released almost a billion more tons of carbon dioxide into.

2015 102

EEA report finds more action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures

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A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by environmental hazards such as air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures, especially in Europe’s eastern and southern regions, despite overall improvements in Europe’s environmental quality. pollution represented as hatched areas (only the top 20% of PM 2.5 Air and noise pollution.

2019 224

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

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Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected demand for coal, and increased production of cheap natural gas obtained through "fracking" in the U.S. Carbon Footprint emissions energy policy climate change electric utilities plug-in cars energy air pollution

2016 78

CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

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CicLaVia where public streets from Boyle Heights to Downtown, MacArthur Park to East Hollywood will be shut down to traffic and open to you and me emission free. My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s For more details and t o RSVP go to the Roll Against Coal Facebook page.

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Berkeley Earth study calculates that air pollution contributes to 1.6M deaths per year in China

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In an analysis of hourly air pollution data (PM 2.5 ,PM PM 10 , SO 2 , NO 2 , O 3 and CO) from more than 1500 sites in China, Berkeley Earth has calculated that the observed air pollution contributes to ~1.6 million deaths/year previously estimated from a Huai River study using Chinese air pollution measurements and mortality data. Sources of pollution are widespread, but are particularly intense in a northeast corridor that extends from near Shanghai to north of Beijing.

2015 241

WHO links 7 million premature deaths annually to air pollution; 12.5% of total global deaths

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The World Health Organization now estimates that in 2012 around 7 million people died—one in eight (12.5%) of total global deaths—as a result of air pollution exposure. This new estimate more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk, according to WHO, which is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. Outdoor pollution.

2014 288

Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

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Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. Energy Information Administration (EIA) now predicts that coal's share of U.S. Environmental emissions EPA energy policy electric utilities energy air pollutionBut--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S. electricity generation will decline from 44 percent in 2011 to 32 percent in 2040. DON'T MISS: What.

2015 101

Study: air pollution may shorten telomeres in newbornsa sign of increased health risks

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A study conducted before and after the 2004 closure of a coal-burning power plant in Tongliang, China, found that children born before the closure had shorter telomeres than those conceived and born after the plant stopped polluting the air. In babies born pre-closure, researchers found higher levels of PAH-DNA cord adducts, a biomarker for exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a toxic component of air pollution from coal plants. Emissions Health

2018 163

China study connects ozone pollution to cardiovascular health

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Ozone is formed through a chemical reaction that occurs when sunlight interacts with nitrogen oxides and other organic compounds that are generated by coal-burning, vehicle exhaust and some natural sources. They monitored indoor and outdoor ozone levels, along with other pollutants. In contrast, only 31 million Americans live in counties where other pollutants exceed EPA standards. Ozone is a difficult pollutant to control because its creation in the atmosphere is complex.

2017 163

China axes 103 coal-fired power plants, citing smog, overcapacity

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During negotiations for the Paris Climate Treaty signed last fall, a major concern among critics was whether the carbon emissions of China's sprawling and inefficient energy sector could be reined in. emissions China global warming greenhouse gas climate change electric utilities air pollution

2017 86

Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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A province-by-province life cycle analysis of natural gas and electric vehicles by a team from Tsinghua University concludes that while, from the perspective of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria pollutant emissions, natural gas vehicles (CNGVs) are “ an option with no obvious merits or demerits ”, electric vehicles (EVs) are “ an option with significant merits and demerits in this regard ” due to China’s heavily coal-based electricity generation (national average of about 77%).

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UNICEF: 300M children worldwide breathing air exceeding WHO pollution guidelines by 6x or more

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The report, “ Clear the Air for Children ”, uses satellite imagery to show that some 2 billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution, caused by factors such as vehicle emissions, heavy use of fossil fuels, dust and burning of waste, exceeds WHO minimum air quality guidelines. The findings come a week ahead of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, where UNICEF is calling on world leaders to take urgent action to cut air pollution in their countries.

2016 204

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%. Sulfur dioxide is an air pollutant that causes acid rain, haze and many health-related problems. The rapid decrease of sulfur dioxide emissions in China far exceeds expectations and projections. China Coal Emissions India Policy Regulations

2017 163

WHO: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air; 7M deaths per year

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New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal a death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden. If we don’t take urgent action on air pollution, we will never come close to achieving sustainable development.

2018 150

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

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Although the rate of emissions growth is slower than in the previous two years, the researchers warn emissions could keep increasing for a decade or more unless energy, transportation and industry policies change significantly across the world. over 2018 emissions.

2019 195

CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

Creative Greenius

CicLaVia where public streets from Boyle Heights to Downtown, MacArthur Park to East Hollywood will be shut down to traffic and open to you and me emission free. My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s For more details and t o RSVP go to the Roll Against Coal Facebook page.

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EPA proposes CO2 emission standards for new fossil fuel-fired power plants

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed Clean Air Act standards to reduce CO 2 emissions from fossil-fuel fired power plants (electric utility generating units, EGUs). The proposed rulemaking establishes separate standards for natural gas and coal plants. coal units) are based on the performance of a new efficient coal unit implementing partial carbon capture and storage (CCS). Climate Change Coal Emissions Natural Gas Policy Power Generation

2013 203

NETL Soliciting RD Projects for Co-Production of Power, Fuels, and Chemicals via Coal/Biomass Mixtures

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The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting research projects that will address key challenges related to the utilization of coal-biomass mixtures for co-production of power and hydrogen, fuels, and/or chemicals. Pre-processing and Conditioning of Coal/Biomass Mixtures for Simultaneous Co-Feeding Systems. Applications must address a combined fuel containing a blend of coal and biomass.

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EPA: US greenhouse gases up 2% in 2013; increased coal consumption, cool winter

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US GHG emissions by sector, 1990-2013. Total US greenhouse emissions were 6,673 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2013, an increase of 2% (127.9 over the prior year, according to the EPA’s newly published Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2013. Total US emissions have increased by 5.9% By sector, power plants were the largest source of emissions, accounting for 31% of total US greenhouse gas pollution.

2015 196