For Oil Industry, Clean Air Fight Was Dress Rehearsal for Climate Denial: Through the Smoke and Fumes Committee, industry blurred the science surrounding air pollution and worked to forestall unwanted regulation

By Neela Banerjee (former Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, for Inside Climate News, 6 May 2016 Caltech scientist Arie Haagen-Smit (pictured) discovered in the early 1950s that oil was the cause of the dangerous smog shrouding L.A. Industry then conducted its own research to discredit Haagen-Smit’s findings and manufacture doubt around the link between oil and smog. It …

Diseases caused by pollution responsible for 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence

Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence. In the most …

Incorporating Health into Long-Range Transportation Planning

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth region, has integrated health into its transportation planning process, including its most recent long-range transportation plan. By considering health in the transportation planning process, NCTCOG recognized the health benefits of initiatives it was already pursuing, such as those related to safety and air quality. …

Steps to combat climate change can lead to immediate public health benefits say doctors

The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change has published a report titled, ‘The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. The Lancet Countdown 2017 report tracks progress on the relationship between human health and climate change, and associated implications for governments’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.  The …

A map depicting the total millions of pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by state in 2016

A map depicting the total millions of pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by state in 2016. Darker colors indicate a higher volume of toxins.   (Source: Ode to Clean) Editor’s Note: Solugen, founded in 2016, is a biotech company concerned with developing environmentally conscious alternatives to chemical manufacturing. Their first patent is called Bioperoxide—a hydrogen peroxide alternative created …

Louisville Kentucky Struggles With Health Issues Related To Poor Air Quality, but School-City Sustainability & Tree-Planting Partnership Helped

The initial school experiment bought mature pine trees from an old Christmas tree farm to build the buffer.  A local Nursery used a space truck to plant these trees as well as oaks and service berries.  Students and teachers helped plant 200 grasses and flowers, including bee balm, switchgrass and milkweed.  Trees and plants cost $87,000.  The school location was near a busy …

City resolution on preparing for shared, autonomous, electric vehicles

Generic version adapted from one model.  Also see this 2017 guide on Writing Effective Resolutions Preparing for the New Mobility WHEREAS, the City is recognized as an innovative, pioneering, and technologically savvy Smart City, that is creative, compassionate, and economically vibrant; and WHEREAS, the City is challenged with increasing congestion associated with its growing population, leading to increasing vehicle miles traveled, longer …

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”, …