US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people: exposure significantly influenced by race, far more than by income, age or education

 The smoggy, downtown Los Angeles skyline on 14 December 2011. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images dBy Oliver Milman The Guardian, 14 September 2017  People of color are still far more likely to suffer from harmful air pollution than white people across the US and this disparity has barely improved in recent years, despite overall improvements in air quality, a new federal government-funded …

Paris may be the first city where combustion vehicles are banned, choosing driverless taxis, shuttle buses, bikes, walking and clean air instead

“Why Paris will be the first post-car metropolis” by Simon Kuper in The Financial Times In Lima next Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will rubber-stamp Paris as host of the 2024 Games. By the time the Games begin, Paris will be transformed. “Vehicles with combustion engines driven by private individuals” could well be banned from the city by then, says …

Dutch Government Ordered By Court To Take Immediate Action To Reduce Air Pollution

By James Ayre on Clean Technica, 9 Sep 2017 The government of the Netherlands has been ordered by a court in the country to take immediate action to reduce air pollution levels, as current levels in some parts of the country are in breach of legal European Union particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide levels, according to recent reports. The ruling is the …

Utilities Knew: Power Providers Had Info/Acknowledged Impacts of Climate Change 50 Years Ago

8/3/2017 – BY ENERGY AND POLICY INSTITUTE Scientists had begun to warn electric utilities about climate change by 1968, and by 1988 the industry’s official research and development organization had acknowledged that, “There is growing consensus in the scientific community that the greenhouse effect is real.” Despite this early knowledge about climate change, electric utilities have continued to invest heavily in …

Gas and Diesel Performance (exceeds legal emissions levels during real world use) and EV Incentives In Norway, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, & Belgium

31 Aug 2017, by James Ayre on Clean Technica, Euro 6 Diesel & Petrol Cars Exceeding Legal Emissions Levels During Real-World Use, ICCT Study Finds Real-world emissions levels from diesel and petroleum/gasoline-powered Euro 6 cars are illegally high, according to a new study commissioned by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). To be more specific, the study — conducted by the Laboratory …

Clean Air is Possible, Practical and Affordable! Highlights from recent medical research on health effects

And it is what people will want when they learn about the risks to their health, their cognition, their children’s and parents’ brains, cancer & lives. Who among us can afford cognitive damage, life threatening inflammation or degenerative diseases from air pollution? Below are highlights from recent research (email to request more detailed compendium of research with references – marie (at) …

Vehicle bans emerging from air quality lawsuits in Germany

ClientEarth demands urgent clarification on UK government’s air quality plans, 16 August 2017 ClientEarth has written to the UK Government asking for urgent answers over disturbing holes in court-ordered plans to clean up illegal levels of air pollution.  The letter, which gives ministers 14 days to respond, highlights major questions which the government’s plans leave unanswered. The plans, which were released …

UK Electric Cars 2x Greener Than In 2012

Aug 28th, 2017, by Jo Borrás, Originally published on Gas2. Remember that BS news story from around 2005 about a Hummer being greener to own than a Toyota Prius over the life of the car? That story got debunked less than a year later, as — even by 2006 standards — the Prius is a pretty clean car. As we head into the 2018 …