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Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens to remove diesel vehicles by 2025

C40Cities news release: “Diesel vehicles will be removed from Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens by 2025, as part of unprecedented effort by mayors to improve the quality of air for their citizens. These pioneering cities also pledged to incentivise alternative vehicles and promote walking and cycling infrastructure. The market-shifting commitment was made today at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City. Worldwide, 3 million deaths each year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution according to WHO, with the vast majority of these deaths occurring in cities. “Mayors have already stood up to say that the climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and new Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. “Today, we also stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes – particularly for our most vulnerable citizens. Big problems like air pollution require bold action, and we call on car and bus manufacturers to join us.” Citizens of cities across the world are joining the call for cleaner air through a global petition demanding that vehicle manufacturers lead an air quality transformation. They are urging the companies to stop producing diesel vehicles by 2025 and to support a rapid transition to electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles…”

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

“Six months after the successful Paris Climate Agreement, two of the world’s primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative  of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change. This single initiative will create… Continue Reading

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

Dept. of Energy guide: “More than a dozen alternative fuels are in production or under development for use in alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. Government and private-sector vehicle fleets are the primary users of these fuels and vehicles, but consumers are increasingly interested in them. Using alternative fuels and advanced vehicles instead of… Continue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. November 16, 2016. “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, provides Iran broad relief from U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors. Sancti ons were suspended or lifted upon the… Continue Reading

The Economist – The state of the climate in 2016

“A UN climate talks in Marrakesh enter their final few days, leaders have a lot on their minds. Political support for a green agenda will wane in America next year. Barack Obama has led international environmental-protection efforts; Donald Trump plans to oppose them. The switch comes just as a new report from the World Meteorological… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Drug Compounding, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Hazardous Materials Rail Shipments, Youth with Autism

Certificated Expenditures: Executive Office of the President Fiscal Year 2015 Certificated Expenditures Were Spent for Authorized Purposes, GAO-17-116R: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016. Drug Compounding: FDA Has Taken Steps to Implement Compounding Law, but Some States and Stakeholders Reported Challenges, GAO-17-64: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016. Federal… Continue Reading

“one-stop-shop” of data sources useful to anyone wishing to analyze fracking data

Fracking Data – Fracking data, chemicals, toxicities, source code [searchable] Khepry Quixote  – “This site will grow, especially in the domain of “blended” data, for example, the blending of fracking chemical disclosure data with each chemical’s recognized or suspected toxicity.  It is my intent to evolve the various fracking datasets into spatially-oriented datasets and blend… Continue Reading

Paper – Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions

Dahr Jamail, Truthout – Report: “…September of this year saw Earth pass a dramatic threshold — one that signifies our entrance into a new era of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). September 2016 will now be remembered as the month that Earth passed the threshold of 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere permanently, according to… Continue Reading

Federal government owns lots of planes!

Reported Inventory, Use, and Cost of Federally Owned Aircraft, GAO-17-73R: Published: Oct 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2016: “Federally owned aircraft are operated by agencies to fulfill their diverse missions. As of July 2016, 11 federal agencies owned 924 aircraft, excluding those that are loaned/leased/provided to other entities. This inventory included: 495 airplanes, 414… Continue Reading

Before the Flood – Full Movie free to stream via National Geographic until Nov 6 2016

Before the Flood – Full Movie | National Geographic “Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.” Continue Reading

World Wildlife Federation Living Planet Report 2016

“Global biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, putting the survival of other species and our own future at risk. The latest edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report brings home the enormity of the situation – and how we can start to put it right. The Living Planet Index reveals that global populations of fish,… Continue Reading

Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New YSPH Study Funds

News release: “An expansive new analysis by Yale School of Public Health researchers confirms that numerous carcinogens involved in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing have the potential to contaminate air and water in nearby communities. Fracking is now common in the United States, currently occurring in 30 states, and with millions of people living… Continue Reading