Significant effects of exposure to relatively low level ozone on daily mortality

Science Direct, August 2020, Wei-HengHuanga1Bing-YuChenabc1HoKimdYasushiHondaeYue LeonGuoac https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.09.017 Increased mortality with elevated ozone, and the significant mortality effects of ozone exposure were observed at level higher than 40, 50, and 40 ppb for Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, respectively. These associations are unaffected by co-pollutant of particulate matter in Taiwan and Japan Non-linear ozone-mortality associations were observed in three East Asian countries (Taiwan, Korea, …

Report on July 16, 2020 AQCC meeting

The state’s Air Quality Control Commission doesn’t expect new rules to be in place for another year, Colorado Sun, July 17, 2020 Mark Jaffe@bymarkjaffe A plan to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions will be a device of many moving parts and after a review by an Air Quality Control Commission subcommittee Thursday it looks like those parts are moving slowly, …

Half of Americans Want Drivers Who Drive More to Pay More: And people who drive big, fuel inefficient cars should pay even more

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Jul 20, 2020 Nearly half of Americans think it’s time to rethink how we fund our road infrastructure by switching from a federal gas tax — which theoretically rewards drivers for choosing greener cars, but doesn’t always deter excessive driving itself — and replacing it with a tax based on how many miles drivers actually travel, a …

Tires & Brakes Are Significant Sources of Microplastics

July 19th, 2020 by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica Those minuscule particles of plastics produced by car tires and brakes can’t do much damage, right? They’re so, well, tiny, and nearly imperceptible — yet devastating. Did you know that road microplastics produce more than 200,000 tons of minute plastic particles that blow into the oceans every year? Image retrieved from CalRecycle Research titled “Atmospheric Transport …

Now’s the time for Colorado to act boldly and cut air pollution JUL 6, 2020 Holly Morton Chione We are in unique times. The state legislature recently wrapped up a history-making session after taking a break for the COVID-19 shutdown. Though it was interrupted and marked by difficult budget cuts, we did see a couple of significant wins for cleaning …

How the ‘15-Minute City’ Could Help Post-Pandemic Recovery

A new C40 Cities report touts Paris’s model for putting essentials within close walking or biking distance as an economic boost for coronavirus-ravaged municipal budgets. Patrick Sisson, Bloomburg, July 15, 2020 The Covid-19 crisis in the U.S. has torn a hole in city budgets, decimating urban economies across the country even as infections continue to roar back and the specter of second-wave lockdowns loom. …

World’s Richest 10% Emit up to 43% of the Carbon: Flying is most of it. Researchers say we need sufficiency not just efficiency + more attention to emissions from air and land transport, and to the fairness and equity of it all

The affluent citizens of the world are responsible for most environmental impacts and are central to any future prospect of retreating to safer environmental conditions. Any transition towards sustainability can only be effective if far-reaching lifestyle changes complement technological advancements. The wealthiest 0.54%, about 40 million people, are responsible for 14% of lifestyle-related greenhouse gas emissions, while the bottom 50% of …

BREATHE Act

REPS. AYANNA PRESSLEY AND RASHIDA TLAIB ANNOUNCE THE BREATHE ACT, CALLING FOR DEFUNDING POLICE, REPARATIONS, AND UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME by Selena Hill July 10, 2020 In wake of the nationwide calls to end police brutality and systemic racism, two progressive members of Congress are throwing their support behind a bill that proposes to overhaul the criminal justice system. Drafted by the …

3 ways smart cities can improve air quality

With urbanites expressing a renewed interest in air quality improvement amid the coronavirus, cities may find themselves in need of better data to base policy decisions. Grant Samms, June 25, 2020, Smart Cities Dive The collective realization about our acceptance of polluted air has been one of the most spectacular realities unveiled by the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). As personal vehicle miles …