What is the importance of environmental education?
August 11, 2022: (Reposted from Times Free Press – www.timesfreepress.com) Chattanooga received a $4.57 million federal grant Wednesday for an intelligent, integrated transportation management system for electric vehicles where drivers can find charging, said Mina Sartepe. — director of the Center for Urban Informatics and Advancement, one of the city’s partners in the project — she’s excited to learn more about the grant, especially as pooling funds from municipal and industry partners brings a total investment of up to $9.2 million. “This is a three-year plan,” Sartepe, a faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Engineering and Computer Science, said Wednesday in a phone interview. “This will make Chattanooga the largest urban test bed for smart transportation.” According to Sartepe and federal officials, Chattanooga’s system, called the Comprehensive Decision Support System for Integrated Smart Grid and Transportation System Management, will accelerate the implementation of clean transportation.
The project will enable network-level coverage to provide personalized data that can connect electric vehicle users to available charging stations, and will have other uses. The city’s new system was funded by a US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration grant for advanced traffic and congestion management technologies. It will pay for implementing advanced technologies to help drivers locate and manage access to charging stations.
4 Signs of deteriorating air quality in the twentieth century
Until the 1980s, the most researched environmental drivers related to declining air quality concerned scientific discoveries about how air pollution affects rain, ecosystems, and the ozone layer. Let’s take a look at the main events that shaped the history of air pollution in the last century.
In December 1952, London was hit by one of the worst air pollution-related events in the city’s history: the so-called Great London Fog. For four days, the British capital was shrouded in a thick layer of deadly smog as airborne pollutants, mostly from burning coal, accumulated in the air. This event was responsible for the premature death of about 12,000 people. In addition to directly killing up to 4,000 people, the smog sickened more than 100,000 people, contributing to a sharp rise in respiratory infections.
The presence of environmental pollution raises the issue of pollution control. Considerable efforts are being made to reduce the release of harmful substances into the environment through air pollution control, waste water treatment, solid waste management, hazardous waste management and recycling. Unfortunately, the scale of the problem often outweighs attempts to control pollution, particularly in less developed countries. Harmful levels of air pollution are common in many large cities, where particles and gases from transportation, heating, and manufacturing accumulate and are trapped. The problem of plastic pollution on land and in the oceans has only grown as the use of single-use plastics has increased worldwide. In addition, emissions of greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide, continue to fuel global warming and pose a significant threat to biodiversity and public health.
- Plastic pollution of the oceans. Credit: © Rich Carey / Shutterstock.com
- Air pollution from exhaust pipes. Credits: © Sergiy Serdyuk / Fotolia