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Archive for the ‘Pollution’ Category

Public Ownership of West Virginia Water

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
map of recent spills and locations of potential threats to water supplies along the Kanawha and Elk Rivers, which includes Freedom Industries

BOSTON ACTION RESEARCH
CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTE
The problem comes down to this: Private water utilities are competing with publicly owned and operated water utilities for public dollars because public financing is cheaper than private financing. Moreover, the evidence clearly shows that private water companies are no more efficient and, at times, less efficient than public companies in delivering water services. The end result is that the promised advantages of privatization (access to new financing and better service) have not materialized. The bottom line is that there is no advantage to having a private water company over a public water company in terms of service delivery. And public water companies have a big advantage in terms of cost. Private companies have a fiduciary responsibility to stockholders to pay dividends, which ultimately results in higher water bills for customers; public water companies pay no dividends.

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Protect the Mussels – Use Less Salt!

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Save the Mussels – Use Less Salt!

In this edition, we visit the Sinking Creek Watershed in Laurel County. The watershed, which feeds into the Rockcastle River is a ‘Kentucky Outstanding Resource Water,’ because of the animals that inhabit it — including endangered mussels…To keep the waters as pure as possible, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages residents and businesses in the watershed to apply road salt wisely during the winter months.

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Fuel Economy State of the World 2016

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
FIGURE 1 Global passenger light duty vehicle stock out to 2050

GLOBAL FUEL ECONOMY INITIATIVE
Vehicles play a vital role in our economic and social prosperity, connecting people, goods and places. However, to prevent dangerous climate change the vehicles of the future must be more efficient and less polluting. The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) brings together technical and policy experts to show how to achieve this and to support governments and the private sector to make this happen.

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A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Bike Share Users on São Paulo’s New Bicycle Infrastructure. With these policies, governments will be able to quickly increase the amount of cycling, walking, and public transport use and achieve the benefits of an HSC scenario.

INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION & DEVELOPMENT POLICY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Cycling plays a major role in personal mobility around the world, but it could play a much bigger role. Given the convenience, health benefits, and affordability of bicycles, they could provide a far greater proportion of urban passenger transportation, helping reduce energy use and CO2 emissions worldwide. This report presents a new look at the future of cycling for urban transportation (rather than recreation), and the potential contribution it could make to mobility as well as sustainability.

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Market Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Clean Power Plan Emissions Rate Goals: Projection of needed progress from 2020‐2030 (Source: EPA and SNL data)

BLACK & VEATCH Introduction On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel electric generating units (EGUs). The final rule establishes CO2 emission performance rates based upon the EPA’s determination of the best system of emission […]

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Study: Green Buildings Foster Better Cognitive Function

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Figure 1: Cognitive Function in Normal, Green, and Green + Buildings

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES

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Reducing International Aviation and Maritime Emissions

Monday, September 28th, 2015
Figure 1: CO2 emission trends from international aviation, 2005 to 2050

GLOBAL COMMISSION ON THE ECONOMY AND CLIMATE
The negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) cover the vast majority of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but two significant sources of rapidly growing emissions need to be addressed primarily outside the UNFCCC: international aviation and international shipping. Due to their trans-boundary character, international cooperation is urgently needed to stem that growth and to seize opportunities for cost-effective emissions reduction.

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Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
| globally averaged combined land and ocean surface temperature anomaly, globally averaged sea level change, globaly averaged greenhouse gas concentrations, globaly anthropogenic co2 emissions

GREENPEACE Introduction The good news first: the Energy [R]evolution is already happening! Since the first edition was published in 2005, costs for wind power and solar photovoltaics (Pv) have dropped dramatically and markets have grown substantially. Between 2005 and the end of 2014 over 496,000 MW of new solar and wind power plants have been […]

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Infographic: How to Combat Air Pollution

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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Air pollution has a variety of contributors from stationary sources, like factories and power plants, to natural sources, like forest fires and dust storms. Air pollution has been shown to have a direct link with health. Those living in areas with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer. It can also cause respiratory inflammation, asthma, and ear infections.

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San Francisco, CA: Green & Gray

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
San Francisco, CA: Green & Gray

Directed by by Mauricio Romero and Walden Smith. The wastewater division of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission prepares to change a decade old sewage system in San Francisco that will better prepare the city for the future and present climate changes. Part of the Summer 2015 Community Filmmaking Partnership.

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