EV motorhome will serve mobile clinic application

September 12th, 2018 by Tina Casey in Clean Technica What could be more ironic than enticing small children to gather around your ice cream truck to breathe in lungfuls of diesel exhaust? Clustering people around a mobile lung clinic comes in close second, but it looks like the iconic RV company Winnebago has a solution for that, with the rollout of a new …

Court Rules Frankfurt Must Implement Diesel Ban

September 11th, 2018 by The Beam by Erika Clugston As part of the latest chapter of the diesel emissions saga in Germany, the administrative court of Wiesbaden announced its decision on Wednesday that Frankfurt must implement driving bans, as early as February of 2019. This ruling has come following one of several lawsuits filed against the government by Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), an environmental protection group. The …

CO2’s Role in Global Warming Has Been on the Oil Industry’s Radar Since the 1960s

Historical records reveal early industry concern with air pollutants, including smog and CO2, and unwanted regulation. By NEELA BANERJEE et al., 13 Apr 2016 Documents reveal that the risks of climate change were being discussed in the inner circles of the oil industry in the 1960s, earlier than previously documented. Credit: Photo of Exxon’s Bayway oil refinery in New Jersey by …

50% Of Industrial Climate Change Emissions Tied To Fossil Fuel Companies

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report titled Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness, in which it was stated that in 2015, half of worldwide industrial greenhouse gas emissions came from 50 companies working in fossil-fuel industries.  This statement was a reference to a previously published report from the Carbon Disclosure Project. See full article at https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/28/50-of-industrial-climate-change-emissions-tied-to-fossil-fuel-companies/

Young children are far more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and the onus is on adults to provide the protection and care that children need

Science Daily, Aug 2018 Young children are far more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and the onus is on adults to provide the protection and care that children need. In a paper published in PLoS Medicine, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center set out some specific challenges associated with the impacts of climate …

Health and economic impacts of dementia attributable to PM2.5: US$38 billion economic cost in a single year and an annual growth rate of 16%

Muye Ru, Drew Shindell, et al, Duke University, upcoming Background:  PM2.5 damages human health and causes economic costs via a variety of pathways. Previous health impacts studies, including the latest Global Burden of Disease, have linked PM2.5 exposure with five diseases. However, recent epidemiological evidence from cohort studies has suggested an additional linkage between PM2.5 exposure and dementia, whose impacts on the …

Heatwave seems to make manmade climate change real for Americans: The record-breaking high temperatures across much of North America appear to be shaping people’s thinking, a survey finds

By Oliver Milman in New York, Wed 11 Jul 2018   Two people feel the heat in a park in Montreal on 5 July. About 70 deaths have been blamed on the heatwave in and around the Canadian city. Photograph: Canadian Press/Rex/Shutterstock The warm temperatures that have scorched much of the US appear to be influencing Americans’ acceptance of climate science, with a new …

A better picture of record-setting deforestation

Deforestation:  The World Resources Institute, University of Maryland and associates, as Global Forest Watch, have discovered that 2017 deforestation in the tropics was nearly as large as the record-setting 2016.  The report also notes up to 1/3 of tropical forests down or damaged in areas where the Caribbean hurricanes of 2017 struck. The consequences for natural hazards and disasters include …

Social Cost Of Coal Must Now Be Considered By Washington Utilities

June 1st, 2018 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Planetsave. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has issued a directive to three utility companies in the state telling them to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. Under the new guidelines, the cost of coal calculation will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and rise to $60 per metric ton …