Solving a problem
As the theory of man made global warming begins to unravel you can expect politicians to talk less about carbon and more about adapting and pollution. In fact it is already happening. At a recent meeting Canadian premiers were very muted about reducing CO2 emissions. People expected other premiers to get on the case of Alberta with their low carbon goals. Instead the talk shifted to the spread of the pine beetle. In other words the talk shifted to adapting to climate warming instead of stopping climate warming. Do you think the premiers have a sense of which way the wind is blowing? One only hopes!
Pollution! Now there is something you can solve!
DIAMOND BAR – The chance of developing cancer from air pollution in the Southland has declined in recent years, but people living near the ports and along transportation corridors continue to face highly elevated health risks.
Findings from a two-year study show the highest concentrations of airborne carcinogens centered around San Pedro Bay, downtown Los Angeles, Fontana and Burbank.
Researchers blame diesel exhaust for most of the risk.
"Diesel exhaust remains public enemy No. 1," said Barry Wallerstein, executive director of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the agency that conducted the study.
"In spite of efforts to date … we clearly have not adequately controlled diesel emissions in our region." Source.
More than one study has linked diesel particulate exhaust with cancer, heart disease and asthma. It’s the fine particulates that are hard to filter that do the health damage. Studies that pinpoint the problem give authorities the power to take action.
Authorities plan to use the study to push for further regulations and agreements that reduce air pollution.
The AQMD, which oversees air quality regulations in most of Southern California, already scored a major victory in 2007 when the ports jointly agreed to a plan that replaces or retrofits most of the 17,000 diesel trucks serving the harbour by 2012.
That effort, being funded in part by a $35 fee on cargo containers, will reduce diesel pollution from port trucks by 80 percent.
And now, the pollution solution:
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recently approved a $1.6 billion Clean Truck Superfund to replace many of the 16,800 Class 8 trucks serving the ports with LNG vehicles. The ports also have introduced a progressive ban that will remove all pre-2007 trucks from the ports by 2012. Westport’s LNG fuel system is the only alternative fuel technology currently qualified for financial support under the ports’ Clean Truck program, the companies said. Source.
A previous post noted that a second purpose is served by switching to natural gas-reliance on foreign oil is reduced.
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