Oxford is first in the UK to make city center fossil free, banning gas and diesel vehicles. New plans slated to go into effect from 2020.

19 Oct 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica The city of Oxford, England, will become the first in the UK to ban all diesel and petrol/gas-powered cars from its city center, if newly revealed plans go through. Image © Copyright David Hawgood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. The new plans from the prominent university city will see a so-called “Zero Emission Zone” imposed …

Making China Great: Communist party wants a “Beautiful China” with a clean air and water, high tech companies and responsive government

The Guardian, 18 Oct 2017 – excerpt from Xi Jinping’s long speech on China’s Future As part of making China great, Xi spent a lot of time tackling environmental issues. He pledge to build a “beautiful China” with a clean environment, high tech companies and responsive government. The Communist party need to “meet people’s ever-growing demands for a beautiful environment”, …

Copenhagen’s low emission area to enact further restrictions, no new diesel cars can be registered and enter, likely after 2019. “It’s Not a Human Right to Pollute the Air for Others” says Copenhagen Mayor.

By Lorraine Chow, in EcoWatch 10 Oct 2017 on phase out of new registrations of diesel vehicles Copenhagen’s mayor proposed a ban on new diesel cars entering the city’s environmental zone, a low-emission area that basically covers the whole of the capital, as early as 2019.  This environmental zone was started in 2008. The road marked in blue at the north of the LEZ …

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility Final draft as of 21 September 2017.  Announced 2-4 October 2017 We, the representatives of cities and entities that support implementing sustainable urban mobility, assembled in Kaohsiung on 2-4 October 2017 for the Third EcoMobility World Festival and EcoMobility World Congress 2017.  Following the Congress themes of liveable, shared, and intelligent, …

Wind Energy Could Power 30% Of Europe’s Needs By 2030, Reports WindEurope

September 27th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica According to two new reports published by the European wind energy trade body WindEurope, wind energy could provide up to 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030. WindEurope published two reports investigating the region’s wind energy outlook — Outlook to 2020 and Scenarios for 2030 — in which it determines that Europe could be looking at an average …

Government’s Role in Protecting Health and Safety

By Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Disease Control N Engl J Med 2013; 368:1857-1859 May 16, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1303819 What is the appropriate role of governmental public health action? Law and public opinion recognize protection of health and safety as a core government function, but public health actions are sometimes characterized as inappropriately intrusive. Such criticism has a long history, …

Uber: London drivers must use hybrid or fully electric cars from 2020

BRide-hailing service says it is aiming to tackle pollution by banning vehicles that do not have an electric motor  Uber’s 40,000 licensed drivers in London will be offered grants of up to £5,000 towards a hybrid or fully electric car. Photograph: Laura Dale/PA By Adam Vaughan in The Guardian, 8 Sep 2017 Uber drivers will be banned from using vehicles that are …

44,793 new cases of kidney disease and 2438 new cases of kidney failure each year are due to particulate matter air pollution in the US and “there is no safe level” of particulates

September 22nd, 2017 by James Ayre Exposure to air pollution increases the risk of experiencing a decline in kidney function and developing kidney disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The study found that the effects of particulate matter exposure on the kidneys are seen starting at fairly “low” levels, and rise linearly with …

In Baltimore, 130 out of every 100,000 residents are likely die every year due to long-term exposure to air pollution

Study: Air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths each year in the U.S. (but we have options and need to choose better ones!) New MIT study finds vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to these premature deaths. Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office August 29, 2013 Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have come out with some sobering new …

Vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to the 200,000 premature deaths from air pollution in the US every year

MIT Study, 2013 http://news.mit.edu/2013/study-air-pollution-causes-200000-early-deaths-each-year-in-the-us-0829  New MIT study finds vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to these premature deaths. Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office August 29, 2013 Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have come out with some sobering new data on air pollution’s impact on Americans’ health. The group tracked ground-level emissions from sources such as industrial smokestacks, …