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Beyond Electrification: Why Fuels Matter for Energy Access

December 9, 2014 by Angi Acocella
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Energy Access and Clean Fuels

Though awareness of energy access challenges in developing countries grows, most of the attention goes to electricity. The statistics on access to clean cooking and heating fuels are just as, if not more staggering as the electrification challenge. Ensuring access to modern fuels demands as much urgency.[read more]

Declining Air Quality in the Tar Sands Region: Is the Government Responding?

August 17, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations. While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated back to the year 2012.[read more]

China's New Environmental Law and the U.S. Clean Air Act

July 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China recently overhauled its basic environmental law in a way that brings it closer to the structure of the U.S. Clean Air Act. The new law also contains a provision authorizing public interest litigation by certain Chinese NGOs, and this is a huge step forward.[read more]

Driving Restrictions and Air Quality

May 7, 2014 by Lucas Davis
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Driving and Air Pollution

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Recently we traveled south of the border for an update on Mexico City’s well-known driving restrictions. What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Some people prefer margaritas, but here at the Energy Institute we like to analyze air pollution data. ¡Orale![read more]

International Spotlights Shine on Mexico's Air Quality, Climate Change Efforts

August 1, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Mexico Air Quality Panel

Mexico hosted the Climate and Clean Air Coalition last week which met to discuss efforts among members to limit short-lived pollutants and mitigate climate change. There were commitments from the Mexican government to reduce black carbon.[read more]

The Tesla of Garbage Trucks Could Clean Up Urban Air

June 6, 2013 by Peter Lehner
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light truck cleantech?

 

An innovative retrofit for medium-duty trucks (such as delivery trucks and garbage trucks) could improve fuel efficiency and reduce smog and particle emissions by 90 percent.[read more]

EPA’s Costly, Unnecessary Soot Proposal

June 16, 2012 by Mark Green
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Photo by jlk.1 via Flickr

EPA continues to act tone deaf to the real-world needs of U.S. businesses and regular Americans. Its particle standards proposal issued this week is a good example of the kind of investment-squelching overregulation that ultimately could hurt the country’s energy future.With the country’s air continuing to improve under the existing fine...[read more]

If You’re Male and <40, Thank The Clean Air Act …

November 3, 2011 by A Siegel
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We know that the regulation leads to a safer society and that regulatory paths toward reducing pollution loads leads to a healthier society. These are simply facts. Those facts, however, can be difficult to translate from larger statistics to our personal lives. A new research paper from Nicholas J. Sanders and Charles F. Stoecker provides something that any American young man might wish to consider.[read more]

Clean Diesel in Your Tank

January 5, 2010 by Jane Van Ryan

The most massive fuel transition ever attempted in the United States has been occurring quite smoothly over the past few years without so much as a hiccup. It is the slow and steady movement from Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel that started in 2006 and will continue through 2014. ULSD fuel was mandated by...[read more]

If green jobs create air pollution are they still green?

February 11, 2009 by John Whitehead
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A Pennsylvania company announced today that it has picked a site in Montgomery County, south of Greensboro, for its third North Carolina power plant that will generate electricity using poultry droppings. Fibrowatt wants to build the plant near Biscoe. Fibrowatt has previously announced plans to build similar power plants in Sampson and...[read more]

Stunning opening ceremonies — brought to you by coal power

August 8, 2008 by Joseph Romm

The Chinese have delivered the most technologically advanced opening ceremonies in Olympic history. And truly staggering stuff aesthetically. A key theme was “harmony” — but sadly the country achieves only a surface harmony, one built on stifling dissidents and on the most carbon-intensive economy in the world. Surely a country the 5000...[read more]