Air pollution kills far more people than COVID ever will

Air pollution kills far more people than COVID ever will (Bloomberg, Tyler Cowen op-ed), March 2021. And corporations could soon be forced to disclose their climate change denial funding (Jacobin) More than 10 million people die each year from air pollution, according to a new study — far more than the estimated 2.6 million people who have died from Covid-19 since it was detected …

Imagine: when the babies born this year are all grown up, they will not know the smell of traffic fumes. They will never have to wave their hand in front of their face trying to fan away the stench of a passing car or truck

By Christiana Figureres, March 2021 Imagine: when the babies born this year are all grown up, they will not know the smell of traffic fumes. They will never have to wave their hand in front of their face trying to fan away the stench of a passing car or truck as they walk their children to school. Their bodies won’t …

Fossil fuel risk bond programs underway in Oregon and Washington, now part of national legislation

Center for Sustainable Economy’s (CSE) work on fossil fuel risk bond programs (FFRB) – a signature ‘polluter pays’ project on fossil fuel infrastructure that was launched about 2 years ago — would provide a major deterrent for building new fossil fuel infrastructure as well as incentives to retire existing infrastructure early in any jurisdiction that adopts it.   2019 and 2020 brought …

LA Times: New homes need to be fossil fuel-free

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD MARCH 2, 2021  In September, while touring the charred wreckage left by yet another devastating wildfire, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared: “This a climate damn emergency.” The state’s ambitious strategies to curtail greenhouse gas emissions were not enough to counter the effects of a warming planet, Newsom warned, and he pledged to “accelerate all of them, across …

How Neighborhood Infrastructure Affects Wellbeing – GESC neighborhoods in Denver

Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, and Cole residents live in the most polluted zip code in the country, according to a recent national environmental risk index. How Neighborhood Infrastructure Affects Wellbeing https://news.ucdenver.edu/on-the-street-where-you-live/ There is a reason Denver’s I-70 expansion and National Western Complex redevelopment projects cut right through the Globeville, Elyria Swansea, and Cole (GESC) neighborhoods. These communities have historically had low socio-economic …

TRB AQ and Aviation 2021

AV030 Annual Committee Meeting https://sites.google.com/site/trbav030/past-committee-events/2021/2021-annual-meeting Meeting Presentation ACRP Update Presentation Special Topic Presentation: Mobilizing Voluntary Contributions for Aviation Carbon Meeting Notes AV030 Subcommittee Meetings Aviation Air Quality Air Quality Sub-Committee Overview Presentation Presentation: Electric Aircraft Presentation: ACRP 02-85 Commercial Space Vehicle Emissions Modeling Aviation Sustainability & Climate Change Presentation: Improving Environmental Impact of Airport Construction Presentation: ACROS Tool Value to …

Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

EPA standards ‘insufficient’ for older adults: Study finds older adults face multiple health perils from exposure to three common pollutants, including those in tailpipe emissions, even at levels below EPA air quality standards

Sean Reilly, E&E News, February 23, 2021 Older adults face a variety of health perils from long-term exposure to three common pollutants, including those in tailpipe emissions, even at levels below EPA air quality standards, researchers have found. Experts note that the study’s findings could add to the pressure on EPA to tighten the air quality regulations. The results of …

Colorado Commissioners reject cap and trade to meet statutory GHG reductions

Before voting to reject the idea, the AQCC commissioners questioned whether they had the authority to create such a complex and potentially costly program from scratch, without new laws and accompanying funding passed by the state legislature. there is not the time or the staff or the money to try it while facing two years of extensive rulemaking for other …

Concept airplane could eliminate 95 percent of aviation’s NOx emissions, reducing early deaths from plane air pollution, about 16,000 per year, by 92%

Generally, the environmental cost of flying is high. At cruising altitude, planes emit a steady stream of nitrogen oxides (NOx) into the troposphere, which eventually convert into ozone and fine particulates, an MIT press release noted. According to the U.S Energy Information Administration, an independent statistic and analysis organization, ozone in the troposphere is harmful to human health and adds to the climate crisis. WWF estimated …