International travelers experience adverse cardiopulmonary health effects even after short stay in polluted cities

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For travelers who visit cities with high levels of air pollution, even a short stay leads to breathing problems that can take at least a week from which to recove, a new study led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine finds. The study is the first of its kind, say the authors, to analyze pollution-related coughing and breathing difficulties and recovery times upon returning home, in healthy, young adults who’ve travelled internationally.

2019 256

Raven SR & Hyzon Motors to build up to 100 waste-to-hydrogen hubs

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At the hubs, which can be built at or near landfills, Raven SR will convert mixed and multiple organic wastes, including municipal solid waste, greenwaste, food waste, medical, paper, etc. Raven SR , a renewable fuels company, and Hyzon Motors Inc.,

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Gasoline Car Test Drive: Noisy, Wasteful, Polluting, Fast But Pricey Refueling

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What if gasoline cars had only recently been introduced, and people weren't used to the sounds, smells, and other characteristics of a vibrating internal-combustion engine? Green Gasoline Humor air pollution emissions plug-in carsThe vast majority of drivers have never experienced an electric car, but what if it were the other way around?

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Sinopec Capital to invest in and partner with LanzaTech; direct production of chemicals from wastes and residues

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Sinopec Capital, as the industrial investment arm of Sinopec Group—one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemicals companies—announced an investment in LanzaTech with a focus on promoting direct production of chemicals from waste carbon. LanzaTech’s platform takes pollution and recycles it, eliminating single-use carbon.

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

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According to an independent study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), more than 674 million Indian citizens are likely to breathe air with high concentrations of PM 2.5 in 2030 even if India were to comply with its existing pollution control policies and regulations. The program focuses on 102 polluted Indian cities and aims to reduce PM 2.5

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

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Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution—six or more times higher than international guidelines set by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO)— according to a new UNICEF report. 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.

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WHO: Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities

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More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) limits, according to the organization. In the past two years, the database—now covering 3,000 cities in 103 countries—has nearly doubled, with more cities measuring air pollution levels and recognizing the associated health impacts. Global urban air pollution trends.

2016 174

California ARB soliciting research suggestions for FY 2012-2013 plan; sustainable communities, behavior, pollutant exposure, air pollution science, GHG targets

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The FY 2011-2012 plan focused primarily on five areas of interest: sustainable communities; behavior and technology adoption; health and air pollution exposures; air pollution science; and greenhouse gas targets. Development of sustainable communities strategies can also provide an opportunity for associated criteria pollutant emission reductions that will be needed to attain air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter as well as reduce near-roadway exposures.

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California ARB releases draft plan to cut short-lived climate pollutants

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy. The draft strategy describes proposed actions the State will take to move forward aggressively to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). They are harmful air pollutants and powerful contributors to climate change, trapping heat at many times the level of carbon dioxide, and are responsible for about 40% of current global warming, ARB said.

2015 184

China Steel Corporation making $46M investment in LanzaTech commercial waste-gas-to-ethanol project

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LanzaTech’s gas fermentation process uses proprietary microbes to capture and reuse carbon rich waste gases, reducing emissions and pollutants from industrial processes such as steel manufacturing, while making fuels and chemicals that displace those made from fossil resources. Taiwan’s largest integrated steel maker, China Steel Corporation (CSC), has announced formal Board approval of a 1400-million TWD (US$46 million) capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility.

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International study identifies 14 key measures to reduce methane and black carbon emissions; reduction in projected global mean warming of ~0.5 °C by 2050

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A study by an international team of researchers, led by Drew Shindell of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, has identified 14 measures targeting methane and black carbon (BC) emissions that could reduce projected global mean warming ~0.5°C The team considered about 400 emission control measures to reduce these pollutants by using current technology and experience. National benefits of the CH 4 plus BC measures versus the reference scenario.

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Final session on international mercury convention this week expected to culminate in agreement; UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 finds industrial source Hg emissions may be rising

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Intentional-use sectors: Disposal and incineration of product waste, cremation emissions, chlor-alkali industry. The fifth and final session of negotiations on the establishment of an international mercury convention—International Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC5)—is taking place this coming week in Geneva. Apart from contaminated sites, the mercury pollution detected today is often found in locations very far away from its original source.

2013 221

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

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With indoor air pollution killing 1.6 If we reduce black carbon emissions worldwide by 50 percent by fully deploying all available emissions-control technologies, we could delay the warming effects of CO 2 by one to two decades and at the same time greatly improve the health of those living in heavily polluted regions. —Dr. Biochar comes from cooking biomass waste at low temperatures with minimal oxygen (pyrolysis).

Baker Institute team says fossil fuel subsidies need global reform

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Fossil fuels still receive most of the international government support provided to the energy sector despite their “well-known environmental and public health damage,” according to new research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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Tenneco exploring synthetic fuels for climate-neutral mobility; NAMOSYN project

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A climate-neutral alternative to petroleum-based fuels, they also offer the potential for significantly reduced overall emissions, allowing Tenneco’s Clean Air experts to better manage any remaining pollutants through the aftertreatment process.

Inside The Green Task Force

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That’s what happens when you start each morning reading blog’s like Joseph Romm’s Climate Progress and following the work of Dr. James Hansen and the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change. Working with Heidi, cities have been gathering data from Southern California Edison, The Gas Company, waste haulers and other contractors using Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) software, which was developed for specifically compiling this diverse data.

2008 150

Not Just Turbocharging: Exhaust Gases Can Generate Electricity, Too

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The exhaust gases shooting out the tailpipes of internal-combustion cars aren''t just a form of pollution, they also represent wasted energy. One way to use some of that energy has been turbocharging: An exhaust-driven turbine runs a compressor that packs more air into the combustion chambers, allowing more gasoline to be injected, thus producing

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London study finds taxi drivers face highest levels of black carbon compared to other professional drivers

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Professional drivers working in congested cities are exposed to black carbon levels that are on average a third higher than would be experienced at a busy roadside, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. The research also found that taxi drivers experience the highest exposures to black carbon, an indicator of diesel engine fumes, compared to couriers, truck drivers, waste removal and emergency service workers.

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Argonne releases GREET 2020

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Vehicle technologies include conventional internal combustion engines, hybrid-electric systems, battery-electric vehicles, and fuel-cell-electric vehicles. Renewable natural gas and lactic acid production from wet waste feedstocks.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

We also have one waste vegetable oil van, one sustainably harvested jatropha fuel truck and one solar-roofed diesel car that charges laptops and cameras. Diesel and petrol make too much pollution. Tags: International Projects Guest Bloggers Reva Electric India climate change Say Hello to Guest Blogger Alexis Ringwald - with this first dispatch from the Climate Change Caravan in India.

Argonne and NGO Energy Vision case studies demonstrate success of renewable natural gas as transport fuel

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The US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision released two case studies assessing the results of projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Compressed Natural Gas (R-CNG) vehicle fuel by using anaerobic digesters to capture the biogases from decomposing organic waste. R-CNG derived from a food waste digester meets or exceeds international goals of reducing GHG emissions 80% from 2005 levels by 2050.

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British Airways invests in LanzaJet; SAF offtake agreement

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The sustainable aviation fuel produced by LanzaJet is made via the LanzaJet Alcohol to Jet (AtJ) Process, which can use any source of sustainable ethanol, including, but not limited to, ethanol made from non-edible agricultural residues such as wheat straw and recycled pollution.

Toyota to debut 2 BEVs, 1 PHEV for US this year; says research shows BEVs & PHEVs have similar environmental benefits

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Toyota shared highlights of new internal research evaluating the environmental impact and cost of ownership between a PHEV and a BEV. The research found: GHG of a currently available BEV model and PHEV model are roughly the same in on-road performance when factoring in pollutants created by electricity production for the average US energy grid used to charge batteries.

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EU research project IDEALFUEL seeks to develop marine low-sulfur heavy fuel oils from biomass; Bio-HFO

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In an EU-funded research project, an international consortium is aiming to develop new production methods for sustainable marine fuels to replace heavy fuel oils in shipping. The use of heavy fuel oils (HFOs) contributes to global warming due to the fossil origin of these fuels and, moreover, generating non-negligible emissions of pollutants such as sulfur oxides. In addition, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking to ban HFO use in Arctic waters.

2020 228

PNNL, Moselle to advance using magnetic nanoparticles to capture lithium, cesium from brines

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The patent-pending technology, developed at PNNL, has been licensed exclusively by Moselle Technologies, a start-up business that is piloting the technology in several US and international locations.

DOE announces $79M for bioenergy research and development

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The FOA topics will advance DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office’s (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. This will allow projects to achieve a 50% improvement in harvest yield (g/m 2 /d AFDW) and robustness as compared to the applicant’s internal baseline paired with a 20% improvement in quality (i.e.,

2019 184

CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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This technology could reduce electricity/energy bills, pollution from power plants, risks of blackouts, the need for new power plants, and pollution from power plant generation. Hago Energetics, Inc aims to help farms become more profitable by converting farm waste to high-value products, such as hydrogen and valuable carbons. New Energy Nexus is a non-profit international organization that supports diverse clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators and networks.

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Six refineries in $425M settlement with EPA and DOJ over emissions violations

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and Par Hawaii Refining that resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations and protects public health by reducing air pollution at six refineries. Under the settlement, the two companies will spend about $403 million to install and operate pollution control equipment, and Tesoro will spend about $12 million to fund environmental projects in local communities previously impacted by pollution. Implementation of a detailed plan for reducing waste gas to flares.

2016 150

Canada, US and Mexico commit to align light- and heavy-duty fuel efficiency and GHG standards out to 2025 and 2027, respectively

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They further agreed to reduce air pollutant emissions by aligning air pollutant emission standards for light- and heavy-duty vehicles and corresponding ultra low-sulfur fuel standards by 2018. They also agreed to continue to work together and through the International Maritime Organization to support implementation of a North American Emission Control Area that includes Mexico. Short-lived climate pollutants.

2016 183

TES closes deal on 10,000 sqm battery recycling facility in Port of Rotterdam

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ft), already has a basic waste license to receive, store and forward lithium batteries and to manage electric vehicle batteries and battery production scrap as well as a license to shred alkaline batteries. A report from Circular Energy Storage in December 2020 said that Europe is currently under capacity for sustainable lithium battery recycling, and more capacity is needed to meet waste generation by 2030.

ZF launches product offensive for hybrid and electric drive systems, automated driving, integrated safety, and chassis

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ZF estimates that at least 70% of all new vehicles in 2030 will still have an internal combustion engine. The maximum torque, which can be attained without actuating the internal combustion engine, is 450 N·m, thus allowing for swift passing, even in e-mode. This does not require a significant increase of the packaging size since ZF relies on a new generation of internally developed electric motors and uses welded copper rods instead of coiled copper wire.

2019 221

Study finds relying on “local food” a distant dream for most of the world

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A study by an international team of researchers led by Aalto University finds that less than one-third of the world’s population could currently meet their demand for food with food produced in their local vicinity.

2020 265

IEA: Petrochemicals set to be the largest driver of world oil demand

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Petrochemicals—components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as plastics, fertilizers, packaging, clothing, digital devices, medical equipment, detergents and tires—are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, in front of cars, planes and trucks, according to a major study by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

2018 233

EC proposes modernizing EU legislation on batteries to enhance sustainability and safety

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Batteries that are more sustainable throughout their life cycle are key for the goals of the European Green Deal and contribute to the zero pollution ambition set in it. As of 1 January 2027, industrial and electric-vehicle batteries with internal storage will have to declare the content of recycled cobalt, lead, lithium and nickel contained therein. Since 2006, batteries and waste batteries have been regulated at EU level under the Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC).

2020 285

Berkeley Lab working with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system

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With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. ICF International estimates that such a system could save California 3.2

2017 150

CARB approves ICT regulation; 100% zero-emission bus fleets by 2040; ZEB tech symposium in Feb 2019

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The ICT is part of a statewide effort to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which accounts for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and 80-90% of smog-forming pollutants. They operate largely in urban centers, where pollution and noise are of greater concern. Their buses drive in stop-and-go traffic where conventional internal combustion engines waste fuel while idling.

2018 285

Study: California will hit climate targets >100 years too late at current pace of reductions; transportation, wildfires & landfills

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California has made tremendous gains cutting pollution without detrimental economic impacts. But we’re also seeing a significant jump in consumer preference for less-efficient internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles—even in just the past year in climate-conscious California. With a growing economy, Californians are consuming more, and waste is increasing remarkably. million tons of waste, up 7.4%

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TU München researchers test behavior of OME synthetic fuels in engines, develop optimized combustion process

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Scientists from TUM’s Chair of Internal Combustion Engines are involved in the project, along with DENSO Automotive Germany, IAV and Ford Research and Innovation Center. We determined that using this fuel can significantly reduce pollutant emissions. OME made from waste CO 2 and electricity from renewable sources would even be carbon neutral. In 2016, Germany launched a 3-year study of oxymethylene ethers (OME) as clean diesel fuels with €800,000 (US$894,000). Earlier post.)

2018 174

How Self-Driving Cars Will Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

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For the most part, they look, sound and act like a traditional car, but there’s one major difference: their engines run on batteries and not on internal combustion powered by fossil fuels. The pros of going gasless include reduced maintenance costs, lower fuel expense and—most importantly—less pollution. There are still a few variables on the table, but it’s safe to say a clean, green electric AV would significantly reduce air pollution. By Haden Kirkpatrick.

2018 195

New ORNL non-precious metal catalyst shows promise as low-cost component for low-temperature exhaust aftertreatment

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As we make engines more efficient, less wasted heat exits the engine into the exhaust system where catalysts clean up the pollutant emissions. The lower temperatures in the exhaust from the more efficient engines are lower than the typical operating range of catalysts, so we need innovations like this catalyst to lower the operating range and control the engine pollutants.

2015 184

UNECE adopts three new regulations to improve the safety and environmental performance of motor vehicles

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This new UN GTR, the first harmonized, international vehicle safety legislation addressing this issue, introduces improvements in the protection of drivers’ and passengers’ heads. A new regulation on the recyclability of motor vehicles will significantly limit the waste production from end-of-life vehicles (ELV). reprocessed in a production process of waste materials for the original purpose or for other purposes but excluding energy recovery).

2013 185

Comprehensive LCA report from Ricardo on behalf of EC confirms environmental benefits of electrified powertrains

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When considering the impact of diverting secondary feedstocks (wastes and residues) from an existing use in another sector (e.g.

2020 209

Winners of 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge

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and Jim Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced the winners of the 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge was established to recognize and promote innovative chemical technologies that prevent pollution and have broad applicability in industry. Buckman International Inc.,

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