DuurZaam Nieuws: Database reveals worst polluters in Europe

DuurZaam Nieuws : Database reveals worst polluters in Europe. “The Industrial Plant Data Viewer allows users to access and compare data from over 3,000 large combustion plants across the EU, and check whether they are doing their job to prevent pollution. It was launched by the European Environmental Bureau to help fill the dramatic transparency gap in EU industrial emissions reporting.”

Washington Post: Global emissions plunged an unprecedented 17 percent during the coronavirus pandemic

Washington Post: Global emissions plunged an unprecedented 17 percent during the coronavirus pandemic. “As covid-19 infections surged in March and April, nations around the globe experienced an abrupt reduction in driving, flying and industrial output, leading to a startling decline of more than a billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That includes a peak decline in daily emissions of 17 percent in early April, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. For some nations, the drop was much steeper.”

Voxy: Otago researchers develop first NZ food emissions database – Otago University

Voxy: Otago researchers develop first NZ food emissions database – Otago University. “The research team developed a New Zealand-specific food emissions database that, in estimating greenhouse gas emissions arising from foods commonly consumed in New Zealand, considers important parts of the ‘lifecycle’ of each food, including farming and processing, transportation, packaging, warehouse and distribution, refrigeration needs, and supermarket overheads. Using their database, the team was then able to model climate, health, and health system cost impacts stemming from a range of dietary scenarios.”

IEA: IEA launches new tool for tracking oil and gas-related methane emissions worldwide

IEA: IEA launches new tool for tracking oil and gas-related methane emissions worldwide. “The International Energy Agency has launched a new online tool that tracks oil and gas-related sources of methane, a major and often overlooked greenhouse gas. The new ‘methane tracker’ offers the most comprehensive global picture of methane emissions, covering eight industry areas across more than seventy countries.”

Newswise: Cornell team, EPA to partner on emissions big data project

Newswise: Cornell team, EPA to partner on emissions big data project. “ITHACA, N.Y. – A team from Cornell University associate professor Max Zhang’s lab will work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the next year on a machine learning model designed to predict fossil fuel emissions. The project was a winning entry in the EPA-sponsored EmPOWER Air Data Challenge.”

Wired: LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data

Wired: LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data. “Transportation, meanwhile, emits nearly a third of the nation’s climate-change-causing greenhouse gases. Getting people out of cars and into buses and trains is key to knocking that number down. Trains are great, and Los Angeles’ light rail network—84 miles spreading across the Southland—is the largest in the country. But trains are expensive, and they can’t get everywhere. That’s where buses can come in. Yet at the precise moment when it’s most urgent that cities get people out of their cars, bus systems are struggling. So LA is talking about scrapping the system and starting over, the first radical revamp since rail came back to town. To figure out how to do it right, all the city’s transit planners need is location data from about 5 million cell phones.”

EurekAlert: New website maps California power plants, emissions, people

EurekAlert: New website maps California power plants, emissions, people . “Which power plant in your region is the worst polluter and who lives nearby? A new interactive, map-based website launching today (November 15) allows users to explore and analyze data on power plants by viewing information such as location, operations and emissions — alone or in relation to other data, including local demographics and environmental justice indicators.”

Wilderness Society: New bill will direct federal agencies to account for carbon emissions from public lands

Wilderness Society: New bill will direct federal agencies to account for carbon emissions from public lands. “Today, Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) introduced H.R. 4126 Transparency in Energy Production Act of 2017. The bill would direct the Department of the Interior to track and house an online database that aggregates the production and emissions data from fossil fuel development on public lands.”