Earlier this year the city unveiled an updated plan to combat climate change, the 2016 Climate Action Plan (CAP). It is an impressive, and ambitious document which advocates a future for the world’s finest city in which the health of citizens and the environment are prioritized. The CAP proudly proclaims efforts to “improve public health by removing harmful pollutants from our air” as one the plan’s top priorities. More specifically the CAP calls for San Diego to contribute to helping California reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by the year 2050, with a shorter-term emission reduction target of 15 percent of 2010 levels by 2020. Although San Diego has one of the most aggressive environmental urban plans in the nation, the city faces the daunting task of overcoming challenges posed by its biggest polluter, traffic. [Read more…] about A few ways to reduce carbon emissions from traffic congestion in San Diego without more roads or rails
A nearby roadway may be putting your household’s health at risk. The same is true of workplaces, schools, and other places where people spend significant time. This health risk is from the elevated auto emissions near high traffic roadways. It’s a health risk separate and in addition to the regional air pollution from auto emissions.
We have come to draw a false sense of security from our collective sharing of regional air pollution and, perhaps, the belief that regulatory agencies protect us. However, research continues to show that air pollution, particularly from auto emissions, has profound effects on health. Moreover, such impacts are unequally distributed among local populations, largely based on nearness to major roadways.
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If the biggest threat to human survival is climate change, then American construction is probably the industry most responsible for causing it. Every new construction site represents the climate being changed, the environment being degraded, energy being consumed, and irreplaceable natural resources being used. [Read more…] about The Greenest Building Is One That’s Already Built
Portland OR – A progress report on Portland’s Climate Action Plan shows carbon emissions have gone down 26 percent since 1990. The city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability recently released a two-year progress report on efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Climate Action Plan is a three-year push to get the city to hit its goal of a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and an 80 percent drop by 2050. [Read more…] about Multnomah County Sees 26 Percent Drop in Carbon Emissions
I recently watched the Academy Award nominated documentary, Food inc. To be honest, I was hesitant about watching it. I already know more than I’d like about the sorry state of our food supply. Another film putting images in my head of slaughterhouses and e-coli poisoning was not going to make me any happier. (And, after all, being happier is something I strive to be.) [Read more…] about How food should shape our cities