Air Quality in the Northern Colorado Front Range Metro Area: The Front Range Air Pollution & Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ), 2019 update

Air Quality in the Northern Colorado Front Range Metro Area: The Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Éxperiment (FRAPPÉ), by Frank Flocke, Gabriele Pfister, James H. Crawford, Kenneth E. Pickering, Gordon Pierce, Daniel Bon, Patrick Reddy 22 December 2019 https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD031197 Earlier (2016) North Front Range Oil and Gas Air Pollutant Emission and Dispersion Study https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/tech_doc_repository.aspx?action=open&file=CSU_NFR_Report_Final_20160908.pdf We describe the resources used, the …

Climate change: Masculine marketing of utility vehicles linked to rising emissions

22 March 2020, New Zealand Herald, citing New Zealand Medical Journal  Promoting hefty trucks and SUVs as macho status symbols could be linked to climate change, according to a new study about New Zealand’s rising vehicle emissions. The research paper Beasts, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal last quarter, found that light utility vehicles were both the heaviest emitters of carbon …

Lost time, health, stress and the other high costs of traffic

Stuck and Stressed: The High Costs of Traffic, New York Times, March 2020 According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spends 42 hours per …

Customer-Focused Alternatives to Gas Will Provide Health Benefits and Local Economic Development. Direct building emissions from gas contribute 10 percent of nation’s total GHG pollution.

Last year, New York’s legislature and Governor Cuomo made a major commitment to climate action, passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA commits the state to emissions reductions of 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050. Along the way, New York’s electricity system must be 70 percent renewable by 2030 and 100 …

Big Step Decarbonization Action Areas + Health benefits are at least $94/ton of CO2 reduced

Energy Pollution: Electricity production represents about 28 percent of U.S.greenhouse gas emissions each year. Problem: Because of our heavy reliance on polluting fossil fuels to produce electricity, millions of individuals in the United States live in areas that exceed air quality standards and are at risk of serious respiratory and cardiovascular illness. In 2016, an estimated 64,200 premature U.S. deaths were caused by exposure to dangerous fine …

Mental health effects from air pollution + air pollution in childhood linked to schizophrenia

January 7, 2020, Science Daily, Source: Aarhus University. Summary: Children who grow up in areas with heavy air pollution have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. Air pollution affects physical health, and research results now conclude that it also affects our psychological health. The study, which combines genetic data from iPSYCH with air pollution data from the Department of Environmental …

Another reason to stop burning fossil fuels: air pollution kills 8.8 million people annually, causing 15% of all deaths,shortens human lives by 2.9 years on average worldwide, 1.4 years in the US

March 2020 – Full article at bottom Air pollution is taking three years from your life, on average, worldwide. None of us are exempt — though, young children and the elderly are more vulnerable. Professors Jos Lelieveld and Thomas Münzel of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Department of Cardiology of the University Medical Center Mainz in Mainz, …

Electric Vehicle Adoption in California Could Increase Gross State Product by More Than $140 Billion: Report

JANUARY 29, 2020 BY EMILY HOLBROOK Utility Dive Electrification of light-duty vehicles in California could be a potent catalyst for economic growth over the next 10 years. That’s according to a new study by Next 10 on the impact on the California economy if the state achieves electric vehicle (EV) adoption that is consistent with its climate goals. The report, “Clean Transportation: An Economic …

Cancer DNA study helps uncover specific chemical causes of tumors. Cancer-causing culprits will be caught by their DNA fingerprints, helping cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatments

February 5, 2020, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Summary: Causes of cancer are being catalogued by a huge international study revealing the genetic fingerprints of DNA-damaging processes that drive cancer development. This detailed list of genetic fingerprints will provide clues how each cancer developed. This will help scientists search for previously unknown causes of cancer, leading to better information for prevention …

City scores on GHG reduction, level of action

Cities increasingly measure and report key environmental data such as their emissions, climate-related vulnerabilities, and actions to reduce emissions and adapt to risks. Those that report this data to CDP are scored ‘A’ to ‘D’ – based on the completeness and quality of their data, and the level of action they have taken. To score an A, a city must …