Urban Air News

  • UAI Petitions EPA To Withdraw Flawed Emissions Model

    On January 25, 2017, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI), along with the Energy Future Coalition and the states of Kansas and Nebraska, filed a request for correction of information petitioning EPA to correct its models on motor vehicle fuel emissions that limit the use of higher blends of ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link 1.4 released

    CERC's state of the art system for multi-scale modelling of pollutant dispersion, the ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link (RML), has been updated for use with ADMS-Urban 4 and the new Run Manager version 1.7. The RML is an innovative automated ...

  • Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces

    Urban green spaces provide important ecosystem services in cities, from recreation to the mitigation of noise and air pollution. This study quantified the ecosystem services (ES) provided by green spaces in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, using new methods to evaluate high-resolution land-cover data. The findings show that different types of green space provide different ES, highlighting the ...

  • EPA Report Shows Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States

    Today (Aug 21, 2014), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress - the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress of progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics. “This report gives everyone fighting for clean air a lot to be proud of because for more than 40 years we ...

  • TODAY: EPA Administrator Media Call to Release Findings on Urban Air Toxics

    Today, at 11 a.m. EDT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a media conference call to discuss the second and final Integrated Urban Air Toxics (IUAT) Report to Congress. The report highlights the progress and remaining challenges since the release of the IUAT Strategy in 1999 in working with state, local and tribal agencies to help communities ...

  • Mobility Week envisages cleaner air through alternative urban transport

    Over 2000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 12th edition of European Mobility Week, which begins today. This year the week runs until 22 September under the slogan ‘Clean air – It’s your move!’. The campaign raises awareness about the impact of transport on local air quality, and encourages citizens to improve their health and wellbeing by ...


    By European Commission

  • Mobility Week envisages cleaner air through alternative urban transport

    Over 2000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 12th edition of European Mobility Week, which begins today. This year the week runs until 22 September under the slogan ‘Clean air – It’s your move!’. The campaign raises awareness about the impact of transport on local air quality, and encourages citizens to improve their health and wellbeing by ...

  • CERC holds Advanced Seminar on Regional and Urban Air Quality Management with Fudan University

    Fudan University and CERC held a one day Seminar on Regional and Urban Air Quality management on 23 April at the Fudan University Campus in Shanghai. This seminar brought together top air quality policy makers and practitioners in Shanghai and Yangtzi Delta Region. CERC China Director Dr. Xiangyu Sheng presented CERC’s research work on PM2.5 and recent development of nesting ADMS-Urban with ...

  • U.S.-China collaboration on sustainable urbanization

    A group of government officials from China traveled on a study tour in the United States last week. The tour, hosted by the World Resources Institute, focused on low carbon development. The delegation was led by Director General Su Wei of the Department of Climate Change from China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), who is China’s chief negotiator on climate change ...

  • The Real Urban Jungle

    How well do you understand life in your own backyard? Cities and suburbs form their own unique ecosystems and ecology, where humans aren’t visitors; they are an integral component, like trees in a forest or coral in a reef. If more than half of the Earth’s people live in cities and the amount of paved surfaces in the United States is equivalent to the area of Ohio, shouldn’t our ...

  • A healthy urban habitat

    Half the world's population live in cities. By 2050, the total number of urban dwellers is expected to nearly double, rising from 3.3 billion to 6.4 billion1. How do we accommodate urbanisation while ensuring good quality of life and health? How do we minimise environmental damage but still develop our cities? This thematic issue provides a window into the research evidence that can help us ...

  • Poorest are worst affected by urban expansion

    Rapid expansion of cities has a greater negative impact on poorer inhabitants who cannot afford to move to the outskirts where the air is cleaner, according to a recent study which examined the effects of urban sprawl. Urban sprawl is characterised by rapid, expansive growth of a town or city, which is often driven by uncontrolled development of suburbs at the edges. During this two-part study, ...

  • 5bn people expected to live in urban areas by 2030, raising environmental concerns

    By the end of this year a first-time record of 3.3 billion people, more than half of the world’s population, are expected to live in urban areas according to the UN.  This was announced in a documentary entitled “Eco-Cities, Sustainable cities for the Future” launched by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – West Asia/Middle East Regional Office and Ministry of Environment during ...

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