The Environmental Protection Agency is not sufficiently protecting the environment

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The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. There are two ways by which we can evaluate that question: the degree to which the agency is successful in defending its share of the limited budget pie against the demands of other well-deserving federal agencies, and the degree to which its rulemaking actions to protect human health and the environment build upon the actions taken by previous administrations.

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Euro Parliament Environment Committee proposes higher target for zero-emissions HDVs, adds buses

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Earlier this month, members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee proposed a higher target (35%) than the European Commission (30%) for new heavy-duty trucks to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025. Environment Committee MEPs also added urban buses to the scope of the proposal, and proposed that 50% of new buses should be electric from 2025 and 75% should be electric by 2030.

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EEA finds only mixed progress for Europe’s transport sector in meeting environment, climate goals; GHG emissions up 25% since 1990

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The EEA Briefing “ Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM)” gives the annual progress assessment based on a series of indicators which track the progress of the transport sector in meeting related policy targets and objectives.

2017 78

Experts view on future transportation fuels

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Multiple step-change reductions in the environmental/climate footprint of combustion-based transportation systems, while maintaining the fitness for purpose and convenience for the end user, are achievable. The authors identified a number of challenges for new fuels for a low-carbon transportation sector: Fuels tailored to engines with cycle and system advances that increase overall conversion of chemical energy to useful work. 2018) “Future transportation fuels.”

2018 86

U Michigan opens Mcity test environment for connected and automated vehicle technologies

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The University of Michigan has opened Mcity, the first large controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars.

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Ford poll finds Europeans want freedom of car ownership, but worry about traffic, cost of driving, environment

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A new Ford Motor Company-sponsored poll of 6,000 people across Europe found that most Europeans remain committed to car ownership, but have growing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and the environment. The survey shows 74% use public transport, 37%share cars when making the same journey and 3% use formal car sharing schemes. 52% use public transport less than once a month or never.

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EEA: rising energy consumption, particularly in transport, slows EU progress on renewables and energy efficiency targets

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Rising energy consumption, particularly in the transport sector, is to blame for the slowdown, according to preliminary data released in the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) annual analysis on the EU’s progress towards its targets on renewables and energy efficiency.

2018 101

Daimler, Tsinghua University deepen joint research cooperation on sustainable transportation; automated driving and intelligent mobility

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Through the Tsinghua Daimler Joint Research Center for Sustainable Transportation, the cooperation has been extended for an additional three years.

2018 123

Ford launches 10-year project to transform Dearborn campus; sustainability in the built environment; Living Building Challenge

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The transformation will integrate sustainability and innovation throughout the built environment, including a new Sustainability Showcase building on the product campus, which will aim to meet Living Building Challenge standards, the highest level of sustainability certification today.

2016 78

ARB: California not tracking to meet required GHG reductions due to transportation; significant changes in communities and systems required

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While overall, California has hit its 2020 climate target ahead of schedule due to strong performance in the energy sector, meeting future targets will require a greater contribution from the transportation sector.

2018 106

Volkswagen Group ERL working on more intuitive communications between driver, car and environment

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2014 96

Study concludes cycling is the urban transport mode associated with the greatest health benefits

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A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the la Caixa Banking Foundation, has concluded that cycling is the mode of transport associated with the greatest health benefits: better self-perceived general health, better mental health and fewer feelings of loneliness. The transport modes assessed in the study were car, motorbike, public transport, bicycle, electric bicycle and walking. Environment International doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.08.002.

2018 86

WHO attributes more than 1 in 4 deaths annually of children under 5 years to unhealthy environment

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Most of these diseases and conditions are at least partially caused by the environment, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. The impact of the environment on children’s health , provides a comprehensive overview of the environment’s impact on children’s health, illustrating the scale of the challenge. 200,000 children under 5 years die from unintentional injuries attributable to the environment, such as poisoning, falls, and drowning. In 2015, 5.9

2017 69

UN Environment report says national GHG pledges only bring one-third of reductions needed for Paris Agreement

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The eighth edition of UN Environment’s Emissions Gap report, released ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, finds that national pledges only bring approximately one-third of the reduction in emissions required by 2030 to meet climate targets, with private sector and sub-national action not increasing at a rate that would help close this gap. Transportation. In the current policy scenario, total emissions for transport are 9.7

2017 60

Study finds automobile tires are a potential source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes to the environment

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A new study by researchers from Stockholm University concludes that automobile tires may be a potential previously unknown source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes—a type of high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)—to the environment. PAHs primarily occur in complex mixtures; many are classified as carcinogenic/mutagenic environmental toxins with the potential to cause negative long-term effects both in humans and in the aquatic environment.

UNIST’s U-Loop displayed at International Public Transport Forum

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A prototype of this new transport capsule was displayed and tested at the 7 th International Public Transportation Forum.

2017 88

Study finds megacity traffic soot can reach high altitudes and be transported over long distances, contributing to global warming

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Soot from road traffic in emerging countries can reach high altitudes, where it can be transported over long distances and thus contributes to global warming, according to the findings of a study performed by an international team of researchers in the Bolivian cities of La Paz (the seat of government), El Alto and the neighboring Chacaltaya mountain observatory. An open-access paper on the work is published in the journal Atmospheric Environment. Environ. ,

2018 84

DOT to award almost $9M to keep Ann Arbor connected vehicle R&D environment going for another 3 years

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a grants notice ( DTFH6114RA00002 ) for the award of $8,991,669 (as a 50% cost-share) to maintain for an additional three years the unique connected vehicle research and testing environment the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) developed in Ann Arbor under the Safety Pilot. DOT has opened up this data-rich environment to industry for use in testing their own devices and applications.

2014 78

US Federal Aviation Administration to form Center of Excellence (COE) for Environment and Energy

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is forming a Center of Excellence for Environment and Energy during FY-2013. The FAA anticipates the COE will attract interest from other organizations such as the airline industry, other industrial groups, airport authorities, and other governmental entities to solve various unique and difficult aviation problems related to environment and energy. The extent to which the applicant has an established air transportation program.

Berkeley Lab releases 8th edition of databook on China’s energy and environment; finding the “missing” energy consumption

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We have gathered statistical information on energy and energy demand drivers from all different resources, such as the China Environment Yearbook , the Transportation Yearbook , the Power Yearbook , the Iron and Steel Yearbook , the Cement Almanac , statistics of oil companies and power companies.

2013 96

CARB awards $20M in Cap-and-Trade funding to zero-emission transportation technology demos, H2 ferry, BEV locomotive

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million; Grantee: Center for Transportation and the Environment). Nuvera Fuel Cells LLC and partners for Center for Transportation and the Environment’s demonstration project at Port of Los Angeles.

2018 101

ITF launches global initiative to decarbonize transport

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The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD has launched a major global initiative towards carbon-free transport. Transport activity currently contributes 23% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, with the share expected to rise. The long-term objective of the project is to define a commonly-acceptable pathway to achieve zero transport emissions by around 2050. It is now up to the transport sector to demonstrate how carbon-free mobility can be achieved.

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European Parliament approves binding 2030 32% renewables target; 14% of fuel for transport from renewables; 1st gen biofuels phased out

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Second generation biofuels can play a significant role in reducing the carbon footprint of transport and at least 14% of fuel for transport purposes must come from renewable sources by 2030. As expected, the Parliament supports the EU-wide overall target of 32% for renewables in 2030, and the binding target of minimum 14% for renewables in transport in 2030. The EU Renewable Energy Directive creates a predictable investment environment for biofuels.

2018 80

Men Are The Problem. Women Are The Solution

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Whether it’s health, safety, equity, environment, education, justice, foreign relations, poverty, transportation, homelessness, violence – I could go on and on mansplaining it to you, but half the population understood this whole proposition when they read the headline of this piece.

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Study finds wind concentrates pollutants with unexpected order in an urban environment

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A new study has found that pollutant particles carried by these flows prefer to accumulate in specific regions of the urban environment and even form coherent structures, rather than scattering randomly. It was not known if such structures were robust enough to manifest in the environment. The researchers used Lagrangian measures, depicted by finite-time Lyapunov exponents, to characterize transport patterns of inertial pollutant particles formed in urban flows.

CARB announces up to $205M in new funding for clean freight transportation; >$400M with partner match

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Volvo Low-Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS): The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will receive $44.8 Next Generation Fuel Cell Delivery Van Deployment: The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) will receive $5.4 Zero-Emission Beverage Handling and Distribution at Scale: The Center for Transportation and the Environment will receive $5.5

2018 70

DOT issues discussion document on principles for a connected vehicle environment; safety as top priority

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) has issued a discussion document expressing a set of working principles intended to guide DOT’s research, demonstration and implementation activities related to a connected vehicle environment. Transportation Safety is the DOT’s top stated priority for the connected vehicle environment.

European Parliament Environment Committee backs plan to reduce motor vehicle noise

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The European Parliament Environment Committee by a vote of 30 to 27, with two absentions, adopted a report for lowering motor vehicle noise limits for new vehicles in category M (for passengers) and N (for goods). The European environmental NGO group Transport and Environment had earlier accused Ouzký of allowing Porsche to write the draft noise guidelines, which he denied.

Electric Pedicabs - future for London's transport

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It's transport also belongs to the one of the most developed. The truth is that these pedicabs didn't do any harm to the environment. The electric pedicabs would actually make the urban transport better and cleaner. London belongs to one of the largest cities in the world. London's undergrounds is one of the most developed in the world but also one of the oldest in the world counting over a 100 years.

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US Department of Transportation Soliciting Research on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Applications to Improve Environmental Performance

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The AERIS program is intended better to define how IntelliDrive data and applications might contribute to mitigating some of the negative environmental impacts of surface transportation. Tags: Fuel Efficiency Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS

Tennessee DEC announces Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum

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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau announced the launch of the TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards initiative to recognize outstanding and voluntary achievements by governments, businesses, industries, public and private institutions of higher learning, and utilities that demonstrate leadership in advancing sustainable transportation in the State.

Federal Highway Administration to award up to $2M for assistance in setting up certification environment for connected vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a request for applications ( RFA DTFH6114RA00014 ) for assistance in establishing a future certification environment for connected vehicle devices and applications. DOT currently is assessing applications that realize the full potential of connected vehicles, travelers and infrastructure both to enhance current operational practices and to transform future surface transportation systems.

2014 76

eNow demonstrates solar-powered zero-emissions Transport Refrigeration Unit

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eNow has demonstrated a solar-powered zero-emissions commercial-use Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) on a truck making deliveries in an urban environment. The new TRU, branded “Rayfrigeration,” achieved emission reductions of 98% N 2 O, and 97% PM over a five-month test period. TRUs are traditionally powered by high-polluting, small diesel engines.

2017 65

European Environment Agency report finds carbon capture and storage could also impact air pollution

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In addition to keeping anthropogenic CO 2 out of the atmosphere, this technology will lead to benefits and trade-offs for air pollution, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). This in turn can lead to increased direct emissions occurring from facilities where CCS is installed, and increased indirect emissions caused by the extraction and transport of the additional fuel.

Virginia Tech Transportation Inst. investigating adaptive stop/yield traffic signs; part of connected vehicle research

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Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) are in the early stages of investigating the development of adaptive stop and yield traffic signs. Alexandria Noble is spearheading the proof of concept adaptive stop-yield study with funding from the US Department of Transportation and under direction of her adviser and project manager, Thomas A. The project is only beginning, and there has been no testing in real traffic environments.

Summit of transport ministers calls for more global co-operation in transport policy, international standards

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Ministers of transport from around the world called for more international co-operation to create transport systems for the needs of a changing world in a declaration agreed today at their Annual Summit in Leipzig, Germany. While adapting to these global economic and societal phenomena, transport itself is also a driver of change, as innovation in the sector opens new frontiers.

2014 79

Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

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This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation. National Transportation Research Center (NTRC).

2013 133

US DOT holding public meeting on enabling a secure environment for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure transactions

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) will hold a free Policy Research Workshop on Enabling a Secure Environment for Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Transactions on 19-20 April in Washington, DC. Establishing a secure trust environment among vehicles and other legitimate equipment is a key challenge for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure crash avoidance and other applications.

2012 84

Lux forecasts upstream oil and gas spending on health, safety and environment to grow from $35B today to $56B by 2030

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Lux Research forecasts that, with regulatory scrutiny of increasingly demanding oil and gas projects set to rise, spending on health, safety and environment (HSE) will grow from $35 billion today to $56 billion by 2030.

2013 93

European Environment Agency Estimates that EU GHG Decreased in 2008 for 4th Consecutive Year

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Recent European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates indicate that EU greenhouse gas emissions decreased in 2008 for the fourth consecutive year. Compared to the 2007 official emissions published earlier this year, the annual reduction is estimated to be about 1.3% for the EU-15 and 1.5%

2008 88

Study projects global carbon footprint from ICT will be equivalent to half of transportation’s current level by 2040

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in 2007 to exceed 14% of the 2016-level worldwide GHGE by 2040, accounting for more than half of the current relative contribution of the whole transportation sector, according to a new study from McMaster University in Canada.

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ADB approves $240M to help Kazakhstan modernize transport, improve connectivity

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $240.3-million loan to help Kazakhstan modernize its transport system. Improved transport connectivity will help increase trade links between Kazakhstan and the markets in East Asia, the Caspian Sea region, and further to Europe. It will also establish fast transportation links connecting Astana and Aktobe with the major oil and mineral–rich city of Atyrau, and the country’s only international commercial seaport in Aktau.

Environment Canada study finds vehicle exhaust a significant source of isocyanic acid; suggests consideration of new emission standard

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Researchers at Environment Canada have found that vehicle exhaust is a significant source of isocyanic acid (HNCO), a toxic gaseous acid that is a product of various forms of combustion and a potential health concern. While these are known or potential sources of HNCO, EFs for HNCO (and most other acids) from the transportation sector in particular, do not exist.

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