Archive Tag: Air Quality

 

Magali Sanchez Hall and her family have lived in this neighborhood in Wilmington for 20 years. Sanchez Hall stands on Sanford Avenue in front of New Hope Baptist Church and a shipping container storage yard near her home on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2017.
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California’s cap and trade system, a market-based law that allows companies to buy and trade pollution allowances by decreasing their carbon emissions, may be disproportionately polluting communities of color. Ann Carlson, co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, says that worsened air quality in low-income Read more

The Eiffel Tower and The Invalides dome, right, are seen from the Montparnasse Tower, as Paris suffered a pollution spike this week.
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Madeline Brozen of the UCLA Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies recently commented on Paris’ free public transit day, an effort to counter excessive air pollution by making public transportation free and instituting a driving ban for cars with even-numbered license plates. According to Brozen, the efficacy of this strategy was limited by Paris’ size and its transit systems’ unpreparedness to accommodate drastic increases in ridership. Ultimately, Brozen says, free public transit in large cities may compromise quality of service, thereby discouraging ridership. She cited UCLA’s free transportation program—which increased ridership by 50 percent and reduced traffic—as an instance in which free public transportation worked well on a smaller scale.

Read more at The Christian Science Monitor

Heavy smog shrouds Los Angeles on May 31, 2015.
Heavy smog shrouds Los Angeles on May 31, 2015.
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Following a summer characterized by light winds, inversions layers, and high pressure systems—all conditions favoring the production of ozone in the atmosphere—Los Angeles is experiencing its worst smog season in the last six years. Daniel Swain, a climatologist at UCLA, explains how these conditions arose and what the future holds for smog conditions in Southern California.

Read more at KPCC

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, New Hampshire.
A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, New Hampshire.
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Environmental law experts from UCLA weigh in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, its potential impacts, and its legal challenges.

Source: UCLA faculty voice: Why legal challenges to the EPA Clean Power Plan will end up at the Supreme Court UCLA Newsroom, 10 Aug 2015

Additional coverage about the EPA Clean Power Plan:

Will US energy policy push fossil fuels or renewable energy? Six essential reads The Conversation, 26 Oct 2016

Obama’s clean energy plan goes to court Marketplace, 26 Sep 2016

A key part of Obama’s climate legacy gets its day in court The Washington Post, 24 Sep 2016

 

This Oct. 14, 2016 staff photo shows a solar panel array on top of a Port of Long Beach building that is part of a trial energy project.
This Oct. 14, 2016 staff photo shows a solar panel array on top of a Port of Long Beach building that is part of a trial energy project.
Photo by Brad Graverson/Torrance Daily Breeze/SCNG

Long Beach port and the Port of Los Angeles are undertaking new efforts to become greener and cleaner. The move at the twin ports was prompted by Governor Jerry Brown’s environmental greenhouse gas regulations. The ports hope to create a stand-alone, zero-emission energy source to power their activities. Colleen Callahan, deputy director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, identifies the work being done at the ports as groundbreaking. “Other ports will be watching what is done here,” she notes.

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