Air & Climate Newsletter
July 24, 2008

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Air quality forecasts for China
With less than a month remaining before the Beijing Olympics, Chinese officials have introduced a series of measures to improve air quality for the Games. A new tool has been installed in the capital city to allow the Chinese to monitor the effectiveness of these efforts. Poor air quality could pose problems for the Olympic athletes and hinder the performance of those competing outdoors in endurance sports, such as cycling and marathons. Since the main source of air pollution in the Beijing urban area is vehicle emissions, restrictions on car traffic began on 20 July in order to take 50 percent ...
Exelon plans US$10bn spend to cut carbon emissions
US electric and gas utility Exelon has pledged to greatly reduce its carbon emissions by 2020 at a cost, it estimates, of more than US$10 billion. Exelon emitted 15.7 million tonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2001, its first full year of operations, and its low-carbon roadmap calls for at least this quantity of greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced, offset or displaced each year by 2020. �Best estimates indicate that our plan could reduce Exelon�s direct emissions in 2020 by 10% to 15% (from 2001 levels),� the company said.  The Chicago-based firm produces some 150 GWh of ...
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