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Healthy teenagers at risk of irregular heartbeats from air pollution, says study

Source: By Ian Sample, The Guardian • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Healthy teenagers are more prone to irregular heartbeats after breathing in fine particulate air pollution, according to the first major study of its impact on otherwise healthy young individuals.
The findings have raised concern among researchers because heart arrhythmias, which can increase the risk of heart disease and sudden cardiac death, appear to be triggered even when air pollution is within common air quality limits. Doctors monitored heart activity and the air breathed by more than 300 healthy US teenagers over 24-hour periods. They found that higher concentrations of fine particles called PM2.5s increased the risk of irregular heartbeats for the next two hours.

Meetings Finally Begin on EPA’s Proposed RFS Levels

Source: By AgWeb • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

OMB began scheduling meetings on EPA’s proposed rule on the volume requirements for 2023 and beyond under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Several sessions are also slated for proposals linked to the electric vehicle (EV) industry and decarbonization efforts.

Ethanol helps keep lid on gas prices

Source: By Willie Vogt, Farm Progress • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Rising gasoline prices get the attention of every consumer. And those prices even influence how food buyers see costs in the future, influencing buying habits. Yet there’s some good news for the ethanol industry in a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The report shows that ethanol helped moderate fuel prices in the wake of the Ukraine invasion.

Tiny Soot Particles from Fossil Fuel Combustion Kill Thousands Annually. Activists Now Want Biden to Impose Tougher Standard

Source: By Victoria St. Martin, Inside Climate News • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

A coalition of environmental activists and advocacy groups is urging the Biden administration to toughen federal regulations around soot pollution, a step that they said could prevent thousands of deaths each year from respiratory disorders. The coalition, organized by the Climate Action Campaign, drafted a letter to President Joe Biden earlier this week calling on federal officials to institute the most rigorous air quality standards for fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, to denote bits of pollution smaller than 2.5 microns—about one-thirtieth the diameter of a human hair.

USDA clarifies information on eligible applicants for HBIIP

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

The USDA on Nov. 15 published a notice clarifying information regarding eligible applicants for the current funding cycle for its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which opened in August. Applications for this round of HBIIP funds are due Nov. 21. According to the notice, the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued Aug. 23 omitted clarifying information regarding eligible applicants for the funding. The FOA is being updated to clarify that hybrid applications, or those including transportation fueling facility implementation activities and fuel distribution facilities implementation activities, are ineligible. The notice clarifies that applicants can only apply for one of the two applicant types and those successful applicants will only receive the funding associated with one applicant type.

Biofuel on the Road to Energy and Cost Savings

Source: By Jamie Dickerman, News Dakota • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Biofuel is closer to becoming a cost-competitive, climate-friendly solution for slashing carbon emissions in cars and trucks, according to two new studies. The U.S. Department of Energy’s labs (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory collaborated with the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) on the research. Results showed that biofuel combined with advanced engine design can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by roughly 60% while improving fuel efficiency or reducing tailpipe emissions.

Climate talks hit ‘breakdown’ over finance, fossil fuels as time dwindles

Source: By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

With time running out for nations to agree on a road map for tackling climate change, the fate of U.N. climate talks in Egypt appeared in jeopardy Thursday as rich and poor nations continued to disagree on an array of issues, including compensation for harms caused by a warming world. The divide between these two factions at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27, could be seen in an inconclusive 20-page document released early Thursday morning by the Egyptian COP27 presidency. The document showed no consensus around the key issue of finance, particularly funding for irreversible loss and damage caused by rising temperatures.

Environmental group alleges carmakers, Bosch deliberately manipulated emissions

Source: By Rachel More, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Germany’s top four carmakers and parts supplier Bosch knowingly broke rules when developing a type of emissions software, an environmentalist group said on Thursday, in a years-long legal battle that could open the door for a new wave of lawsuits. Audi, Volkswagen, Daimler – now Mercedes-Benz – and BMW commissioned Bosch to develop technology which they knew from the beginning violated regulatory compliance, Environmental Action Germany said at a press conference, citing internal industry documents leaked to it this summer spanning 2006 to 2015.

EIA Shows Record-High Ethanol Blending Rate for Summer 2022, Points to E15 Availability

Source: By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show the Biden administration’s waiver that allowed E15 sales last summer in response to higher gas prices from the war in Ukraine, led to an all-time-high ethanol blending rate and saved consumers at the pump. The EIA said the U.S. ethanol blend rate hit a summer record 10.5% in 2022 and averaged about 10.6% in June and August.

Electric Truck Stops Will Need as Much Power as a Small Town

Source: By Tom Randall, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

According to a sweeping new study of highway charging requirements conducted by utility company National Grid Plc. Researchers found that by 2030, electrifying a typical highway gas station will require as much power as a professional sports stadium—and that’s mostly just for electrified passenger vehicles. As more electric trucks hit the road, the projected power needs for a big truck stop by 2035 will equal that of a small town.