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    Study: EPA says US air is getting cleaner, GHG emissions dropped 1.6% in 2011
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    Transportation is not solely responsible for the mess of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the air, but our cars and trucks (and ships, trains, and planes) were the second-biggest factor in GHG in the US in 2011. The good news is that overall emissions are on the decline, dropping 1.6 percent ...

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    Report: California Central Valley plug-in vehicle credits total $13,000
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    In John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," Tom Joad and his family were drawn to California's Central Valley on hopes for a better future. Now, prospective electric vehicle drivers may be drawn there for a better present – in the form of cash. San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control ...

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    Report: Bad air makes for good eatin': more CO2 means more weight
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    Nope, it's not the cheeseburger, it's the air that's making you pack on the pounds. A Danish study of weight-gain statistics over a 22-year period found that increased carbon dioxide in the air may be causing people to eat more and therefore may be making people fatter. Boiled down, the idea is ...

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    President Obama urges EPA to withdraw proposed ozone standards
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    In a statement released this morning, President Barack Obama urged Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to withdraw its proposed draft of Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), leaving in place Bush-era regulations. Back in January 2010, the ...

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    Switzerland to equip buses, trams with air quality sensors
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    Here's a novel idea: rather than installing air quality sensors in fixed locations, why not use mobile sensors to collect data in an evenly spread-out area? OpenSense, a project run by EPFL, a federally funded institute of technology located in Switzerland, and ETH Zurich, a science and technology ...

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    EPA says parts of California need to move "quickly towards zero emission" transportation
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    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve California's air quality measures for fine particles (aka PM2.5) in the smog-filled South Coast and San Joaquin Valley regions. These measures aim to reduce pollution to the level required by the 1997 PM2.5 standard (NAAQS) by ...

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    Report: Cities in UK may ban heavily polluting vehicles
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    Back in June of 2010, the picturesque city of London recorded its 36th "bad air" day of the year. That was a problem since European Union (EU) guidelines allow just 35 "bad air" days a year, so reaching that unfortunate level by the sixth month of 2010 meant that London was in violation of the ...

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    London's air pollution worst is Europe, so city faces stiff fines from EU
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    The picturesque city of London has recorded its 36th "bad air" day this year after monitoring equipment detected dangerous levels of minute airborne particles. EU guidelines allow just 35 "bad air" days, so reaching this unfortunate level by the sixth month of the year means that London is in ...

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    Is the solution to severe smog in Houston more time?
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    Move over Los Angeles, the city of Houston, Texas is now also officially on the "severe smog problem" list. The reclassification was requested by Governor Rick Perry last year and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the change last Thursday. This move from "moderate" bypasses the level ...

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    Video: Jeremy Clarkson says Porsche 911 Turbo cleans LA's air
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    In the video above, Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear, says the Porsche 911 Turbo cleans the air in polluted cities like LA. While, I have seen concept cars that can clean the air, I seriously doubt any existing car, especially the Porsche 911 Turbo, emits exhaust that is cleaner than air, even air ...

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