Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s worst ‘environmental injustice’ areas ID’d. “It’s a troubling combination for many Michigan residents: daily exposure to heightened environmental risks such as air and water pollution, heavy traffic and contaminated sites, and having those conditions particularly affect the most socially vulnerable populations — the poor, less educated, sometimes with limited English language skills.”
AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions. “How much of the Swedish chemical industry’s energy use is from renewables and how much from fuel oil? What are the global trends in fossil fuels consumption over the last decades? The new on-line World Input-Output Database (WIOD) environmental accounts, launched today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), helps to answer these, and similar questions through data on the industrial and household energy use of residents in more than 40 countries and their corresponding CO2 emissions for the period 2000-2016.”
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.”
KESQ: Tribes work together to monitor valley air quality. “A new air monitoring station has taken up residence near Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians are partnering up to study air quality in the valley.” The tribes hope to launch a website where they can make the information available to the general public.
Florida International University: Citizen scientists collect vital data on microplastics – from their yachts. “As part of a new collaborative project, dubbed the S.A.R.A.H. initiative, privately owned yachts become platforms for FIU scientists to conduct field research. Special nets are towed behind the vessels to gather samples of plastic debris in the water. They are designed to collect even the tiniest bits of plastic – that can be smaller than a grain of rice – known as microplastics.”
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.”
Ubergizmo: Exact Air Pollution From All Power Plants Globally Will Soon Be Revealed. “Power plants, particularly those that run on fossil fuels, tend to pollute the environment. No wonder countries are increasingly shifting to more renewable and green sources of energy to reduce their impact on the environment. WattTime, a nonprofit artificial intelligence firm, will soon provide valuable data which will track air pollution from every power plant in the world.”