Santa Rosa CityBus plans to buy 4 electric buses, in 1st step toward a zero-emission fleet

by Kevin Fixler, Press Democrat With nearly $3 million in federal money, Santa Rosa CityBus will begin to shift gears toward going electric. The city’s transportation and public works department recently learned it was awarded $1.78 million in Federal Transit Administration dollars dedicated to improving the nation’s bus safety and reliability through vehicle and infrastructure […]

Destiny Rodriguez at the SAFE hearing in Fresno, Sept. 2018

Testifying in Fresno at the public hearing on watering down vehicle emissions standards

I woke Monday morning feeling poorly. My nose was stuffed, my eyes irritated and runny, my chest in pain. These are the effects of residual unhealthy air quality from the last week. Despite the fact most of the larger fires have been contained in the surrounding area, the heat from the Valley bakes the already […]

CARB announces more than $200 million in new funding for clean freight transportation

by California Air Resources Board The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today announced up to $205 million in grants for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state. Eleven projects will receive $150 million from California Climate Investments – using […]

Airlines’ biofuel-powered flights might soon take off

by Justin Bachman, Bloomberg For years, airlines have experimented with biofuels, aiming to reduce both carbon emissions and their reliance on fossil fuels. It’s been a turbulent journey buffeted by inconsistent investment and the periodic lure of cheap oil. But several major carriers are planning larger-scale usage of biofuel in 2019 and 2020, including JetBlue […]

EV adoption in Iceland and opportunities in the U.S.

by Buddy Burch, Center for Climate Protection On a recent trip to Iceland, I found myself wondering about the country’s electric vehicle (EV) adoption. According to official energy statistics, 85 percent of total energy and all electricity comes from renewable sources, so I was curious about the government’s efforts to support EV adoption and zero-emission […]

UPS is going electric

by Katie Fehrenbacher, Greenbiz The odds are growing that the package you’ve been waiting for will be delivered in a truck powered by a battery. Delivery giant UPS announced this week that it’s partnered with a small tech startup called Thor Trucks, based in Los Angeles, to create and test out an electric delivery vehicle. […]

Turning Trump’s trade war into a tool to fight climate change

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News As the Trump administration’s trade war heats up, a group of experts is proposing a new way to counter protectionism—and prod the United States back into climate action at the same time. In a commentary in the journal Nature, the team of trade and climate policy experts called for a […]

Flight Cancelations due to Heat becoming common

by Leslie Josephs, CNBC It’s less than a month into the summer and triple-digit temperatures have already shattered records in many cities across the country, like around Los Angeles area where it hit 114 degrees in Burbank and 120 degrees in Chino on July 6. That’s as hot as last year’s brutal summer when temperatures […]

Good policy works! California slashes emissions, hits GHG goal years early

by David R. Baker, SF Chronicle In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal early. Data released Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board show that the state’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.7 percent […]

The rising energy storage revolution – car companies diving into stationary storage

by Charles Morris, EVANNEX Electric vehicles are part of a sustainable energy/transportation ecosystem that also includes charging infrastructure, smart grid technology, and renewable energy. The key that ties all of these components together is energy storage. Storage, specifically batteries, is the enabling technology that makes modern EVs possible, and that makes renewable energy viable. Battery […]