Takes on the News

California plans on world’s largest wildlife bridge

In April, conservationists and state officials alike celebrated the groundbreaking construction of a $90 million dollar wildlife bridge, the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, in Los Angeles. The 210 foot long, 170 foot wide structure will span the 10-lane U.S. Highway 101 when completed, connecting two sections of the Santa Monica mountains – making it the largest bridge of its kind on Earth.

In-state oil refiners consider life after petroleum

Two major Bay Area refineries, owned and operated by Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum, announced in 2020 that they were planning to convert from producing petroleum to biofuels – specifically, the renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Update on the fate of legislative bills

The 2021 Legislative session produced several notable sustainable transportation bills, some signed and some vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. As the summer recedes into memory, it’s a good time to look at bills that came close to becoming law this year, and may return in 2022, perhaps in modified form. 

Google launches feature to track flight emissions

Google recently announced that their Google Flights platform will show the amount of carbon emissions each flight produces, allowing users to compare the environmental impact of their flight options. Many consumers choosing lower-carbon flights could push airlines to invest in more efficient aircraft and sustainable aviation fuels.

2022 UC Davis Environmental Justice Fellowship

To immerse community expertise into academic research and public policy, the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and Energy (ITS),  the Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI), the Center for Regional Changes, in collaboration with members of the Transportation Equity and the Environmental Justice Advisory Group (TEEJAG), are launching the Environmental Justice Fellowship program (EJF). This fellowship program will benefit participating fellows, the communities they serve, and the university researchers they engage with.

Jet fuel made from plastic waste

New research shows a promising method for tackling worldwide plastic pollution through fuel production. Researchers have found a new approach to convert a common plastic, polyethylene, into jet fuel in about an hour. Plastic pollution is a major environmental and public health concern, and technological innovation will be critical to solving this seemingly intractable problem.