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Policies to mitigate wildfire impacts have public health implications, amplified amid COVID

(PSE Healthy Energy) A review of the human health hazards, risks, and impacts of California wildfires, and impacts of policies aimed to prevent and mitigate wildfires to serve as a resource in the development and deployment of California wildfire management policies within a human health context.

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Pollutionwatch: will carmakers follow VW and revamp vehicles?

Five years ago, Volkswagen admitted to using software that ensured its cars were on their best behaviour when tested but could produce more pollution at other times. Court cases followed and public confidence in diesel collapsed. Across Europe VW vehicles…

BYD’s Fully Electric Refuse Trucks Make It Easy To Upgrade Fleets To Zero Emissions

Noisy trash trucks may soon be a thing of the past if BYD has anything to say about it. In partnership with Hudson County Motors, BYD is providing the first fully electric rear loader refuse collection trucks to the East Coast of the US. the new trucks will have sufficient range to run typical full day routes in Jersey City, providing not just zero emission service, but nearly silent service

MIT Press’s New Environmental History book: The Contamination of the Earth

(The MIT Press) The MIT Press is pleased to announce a new environmental history book. It explores the trajectories of pollution in global capitalism, from the toxic waste of early tanneries to the poisonous effects of pesticides in the twentieth century.

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Siberia’s hot 2020 “effectively impossible” without global warming – Ars Technica

Enlarge / Average temperatures from March 19 to June 20. reader comments 90 with 37 posters participating Share this story Generally speaking, 2020 has been a hell of a year. But in Siberia, there is an additional reason to make…

Siberia’s hot 2020 “effectively impossible” without global warming – Ars Technica

Enlarge / Average temperatures from March 19 to June 20. reader comments 101 with 40 posters participating Share this story Generally speaking, 2020 has been a hell of a year. But in Siberia, there is an additional reason to make…

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Agriculture – a climate villain? Maybe not!

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that agriculture is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases, and is thus by many observers considered as a climate villain.

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Global Warming Is Melting Our Sense of Time – New York Magazine

Satellite image of smoke from active fires burning near the Eastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, Russia, on June 23, 2020. Photo: Handout/NASA Earth Observatory On June 20, in the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, north of the Arctic Circle, a…

California “Requires” Trucks Clean Up Their Act — But The Rule Is Late & Weak

California thinks it’s strutting its stuff again and showing off its green leadership. Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proudly proclaimed that it was the first in the world to adopt a requirement that truck manufacturers switch from producing diesel trucks to producing zero-emissions trucks

Traffic density, wind and air stratification influence concentrations of air pollutant NO2

(Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)) Traffic density is the most important factor for much the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2). However, weather also has an influence, according to a study by TROPOS, which evaluated the influence of weather conditions on nitrogen dioxide concentrations in Saxony 2015 to 2018 on behalf of LfULG. It was shown that wind speed and the height of the lowest air layer are the most important factors that determine how much pollutants can accumulate locally.