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California Is Investing $95 Million Into Clean Transportation

California has announced that it is investing $95 million into clean transportation with several goals in mind, including helping those living in disadvantaged communities get access to clean transportation

Cutting air pollution would not cause ‘near-term spike’ in global warming – Carbon Brief

A reduction in air pollution brought about by shifting away from fossil fuels would not inadvertently cause a short-term acceleration of global warming, a new study says. Earlier modelling work using scenarios where fossil-fuel burning ends instantaneously had suggested that…

How 2019 was hellish for the Arctic, the frontline of climate change and global warming – Euronews

Winter is coming slowly to the Arctic. With the arrival of the autumn, the region will set into darkness and the ice and sun will have a truce after another dreadful melt season. Outside of major anomalies occurring, the ice…

Earth's ozone layer still in trouble, study finds

We’ve got good news and bad news. There’s more evidence that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is recovering and that humans’ efforts are making a difference. At the same time, however, one study suggests the ozone layer…

China Is Doing a Lot Better on Climate Action than Most People Realize

The first is that the air was clean and the sky was blue.  While my friend was there during the cleaner air summer rather than the winter when the air quality is typically at its worst, the improvement in air…

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP tracks fire and smoke from two continents

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Wherever fires are burning around the world NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite’s Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) can track the smoke and aerosols. On Sept. 13, 2019, data from OMPS revealed aerosols and smoke from fires over both South America and North America.

‘Fire inversions’ lock smoke in valleys

(University of Utah) There’s an atmospheric feedback loop, says University of Utah atmospheric scientist Adam Kochanski, that can lock smoke in valleys in much the same way that temperature inversions lock the smog and gunk in the Salt Lake Valley each winter. But understanding this loop, Kochanski says, can help scientists predict how smoke will impact air quality in valleys, hopefully helping both residents and firefighters alike.

An Increasingly Urbanized Latin America Turns to Electric Buses

From Colombia to Argentina, major cities in Latin America are starting to adopt electric bus fleets.  In a region with the highest use of buses per person globally, officials believe the transition will help meet climate targets, cut fuel costs,…