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News Article | February 19, 2017
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Mobileye completes installation of collision avoidance technology across 4,500 New York City for-hire vehicles | Main | Peugeot launching Partner Tepee Electric at Geneva Motor Show » A new study, led by a team from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York, has found that in 2010, about 2.7 million preterm births globally—or 18% of all pre-term births—were associated with outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter (PM ).The open-access study is published in the journal Environment International. There are many known risk factors for preterm birth—from the mother’s age, to illness, to poverty and other social factors. Recent research has suggested that exposure to air pollution could also be a risk factor. The researchers combined national, population-weighted, annual average ambient PM concentration, preterm birth rate and number of livebirths to calculate the number of PM -associated preterm births in 2010 for 183 countries. Uncertainty was quantified using Monte-Carlo simulations, and analyses were undertaken to investigate the sensitivity of PM -associated preterm birth estimates to assumptions about the shape of the concentration-response function at low and high PM exposures, inclusion of provider-initiated preterm births, and exposure to indoor air pollution. This study highlights that air pollution may not just harm people who are breathing the air directly—it may also seriously affect a baby in its mother’s womb. Preterm births associated with this exposure not only contribute to infant mortality, but can have life-long health effects in survivors. —Chris Malley, a researcher in SEI at York and lead author When a baby is born preterm (at less than 37 weeks of gestation), there is an increased risk of death or long-term physical and neurological disabilities. In 2010, an estimated 14.9 million births were preterm—about 4–5% of the total in some European countries, but up to 15–18% in some African and South Asian countries. The study revealed that while many other health impacts of air pollution have been documented—most notably through the Global Burden of Disease studies—the focus has been mainly on premature deaths from heart disease and respiratory problems. The new study adds an important new consideration in measuring the health burden of air pollution and the benefits of mitigation measures, Malley said. A pregnant woman’s exposure can vary greatly depending on where she lives—in a city in China or India, for instance, she might inhale more than 10 times as much pollution as she would in rural England or France. The study did not quantify the risk in specific locations, but rather used the average ambient PM level in each country, and analyzed the results by region. India alone accounted for about 1 million of the total 2.7 million global estimate, and China for about another 500,000. Western sub-Saharan Africa and the North Africa/Middle East region also had particularly high numbers, with exposures in these regions having a large contribution from desert dust. SEI is working to support more than 20 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop plans to reduce emissions leading to particulate air pollution. It is important to realize that action needs to be taken on all the major sources. In a city, maybe only half the pollution comes from sources within the city itself—the rest will be transported there by the wind from other regions or even other countries. That means that often regional cooperation is needed to solve the problem. —Dr Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, co-author of the study and SEI’s director of policy The analysis grew out of SEI’s Initiative on Low Emission Development Pathways (LED-P), which includes the development of a “benefits calculator” to help policy-makers and planners assess the potential benefits of undertaking measures that reduce air pollution. This work in LED-P is contributing to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), where SEI is working with UNEP and other partners to support more than 20 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop plans to reduce emissions leading to particulate air pollution. Global modelling and satellite data analysis were conducted by Daven Henze, co-author of the study from University of Colorado, Boulder, through his membership on the NASA Air Quality and Applied Sciences Team (AQAST). PM particles include a variety of substances, such as black carbon (soot), sulphates, nitrates and ammonium, as well as dust from soil and from industrial processes such as cement production.


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - February 23, 2017) - Envision Solar International, Inc., ( : EVSI) ("Envision Solar," or the "Company"), the leading renewable energy EV charging, Media and energy security product company, announced today that the City of Indio has selected the EV ARC™ solar powered EV charger to charge the city's neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV). The City of Indio used Air Quality Enhancement Funding from County of Riverside to purchase EV ARC™ product. According to a new report from Pike Research, the total number of NEVs on the world's roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, a 45% increase. During that period, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that annual NEV sales will rise from 37,000 vehicles to nearly 55,000 units by 2017, and North America will account for 45% of annual sales. "This is another great use for the EV ARC," said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar. "We are seeing a significant increase in interest in NEVs and now have both cities and the university system using EV ARC to charge them." Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and does not reduce available parking in any way. It generates enough clean, solar electricity to power up to 150 miles of EV driving each day. The system's solar electrical generation is enhanced by the patented EnvisionTrak™ system which causes the array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25% more electricity than a fixed array. The energy is stored in the EV ARC™ product's energy storage for charging day or night. Because the EV ARC™ product requires no trenching, foundations or installation work of any kind it is deployed in minutes and can be moved to a new location with ease. EV ARC™ products are manufactured in the Company's San Diego facility by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other highly talented, mission driven team members. Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, is a sustainable technology innovation company who's unique and patented products include the EV ARC™ and the Solar Tree® with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ solar Electric Vehicle Charging, ARC™ technology energy storage and EnvisionMedia solar advertising displays. Based in San Diego the company produces Made in America products. Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information, visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746-0514. This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events or our expected future results that are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. All statements in this Report other than statements of historical facts are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as "estimate," "project," "predict," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target," "plan," "intend," "seek," "goal," "will," "should," "may," or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or results. Statements contemplating or making assumptions regarding actual or potential sales, market size and demand, prospective business contracts, customer orders, trends or operating results also constitute forward looking statements. Our actual results may differ substantially from those indicated in forward looking statements because our business is subject to significant economic, competitive, regulatory, business and industry risks which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Our operating results, financial condition and business performance may be adversely affected by a general decline in the economy, unavailability of capital or financing for our prospective customers to purchase products and services from us, competition, changes in regulations, a decline in the demand for solar energy, a lack of profitability, a decline in our stock price, and other risks. We may not have adequate capital, financing or cash flow to sustain our business or implement our business plans. Current results and trends are not necessarily indicative of future results that we may achieve.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TOMI) (OTCQX:TOMZ), a global bacteria decontamination and infection prevention company, and its board of directors announced the formation and approval of  TOMI’s scientific advisory board. “We are honored William, Miguel and Helene – experts in intellectual property law, biosafety and infection prevention, respectively – have agreed to join our scientific advisory board,” stated Dr. Halden Shane, TOMI’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe their support validates TOMI’s groundbreaking SteraMist™, and their guidance will help TOMI in "Innovating for a Safer World.” The team is charged with constructively challenging management to help develop strategy; ensuring the necessary resources are in place to enable us to achieve objectives in scientific research and development; and monitoring technological and regulatory trends that could impact our business as well as our performance against our goals. We believe their insight will be invaluable.” William M. Brown, PhD, MBA, JD William M. Brown, PhD, MBA, JD is a consultant and advisor to a series of biotech and life sciences companies. Dr. Brown is a seasoned attorney in intellectual property with deep experience in healthcare-related matters. He is licensed to practice law in several states and is a registered patent attorney. His consulting experience includes intellectual property portfolio management, clinical trial contracts, and patent/business development matters. He holds a PhD from the University of Southampton, England, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a JD from New York Law School. Dr. Brown conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard, Johnson & Johnson, NIH, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Miguel A. Grimaldo, MEng Miguel A. Grimaldo, MEng is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Pathology, Director of Institutional Biocontainment Resources at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and the Director of the Biocontainment Engineering Division for the Galveston National Laboratory. His responsibilities include the review of all design, construction, commissioning and operation of High and Maximum containment laboratories as well as to ensure regulatory compliance and to conduct ongoing evaluation and recertification on all critical containment features, equipment and operations for Biosafety Level 3 (BSL‐3), Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL3) and Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) laboratory facilities at UTMB. He is also a member of the UTMB Institutional Biosafety Committee. He has served as Committee Member for development of the ANSI Z9.14‐2014 Standard ‐ Testing and Performance‐Verification Methodologies for Ventilation Systems for Biosafety Level 3 (BSL‐3) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL‐3) facilities as well as for the 2016 Edition of the National Institute of Health (NIH) ‐ Design Requirements Manual (DRM) for Biomedical Laboratories and Animal Research Facilities. Miguel routinely serves as Biocontainment Advisor for containment laboratories nationally and internationally on design, construction and operations and also routinely contributes to a technical column in the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) journal, Applied Biosafety entitled, “Containment Talk”. Mr. Grimaldo obtained his Masters of Engineering from the University of Louisville and Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. Dr. Helene Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP), PhD, CIC Dr. Helene Paxton, MS, MT(ASCP), PhD, CIC, is an Infection Preventionist, owner of Bio Guidance, LLC, adjunct biology professor at Rowan University and Director of Infection Prevention at Saint Francis Healthcare. She is Infection Control Certified (CIC), board certified as an International Medical Laboratory Scientist and holds a PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Paxton has 40 plus years’ experience in medical devices and infectious disease consulting. Dr. Paxton obtained her PhD from Kennedy Western University and her MS from Bowling Green State University. Scientific Advisory Board Provisions and criteria have been set in the company's bylaws and scientific advisory board charter. TOMI’s scientific advisory board will always observe in the letter and spirit the duties, rights and role as a member of the company's board as stipulated in the relevant listing standards. About TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (OTCQX:TOMZ) is a global bacteria decontamination and infectious disease control company, providing eco-friendly environmental solutions for indoor surface disinfection through manufacturing, sales and licensing of its premier platform of Hydrogen Peroxide based product that uses Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) , a state of the art technology for the production of its Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide mist represented by the TOMI™ SteraMist™ brand. TOMI’s products are designed to service a broad spectrum of commercial structures including hospitals and medical facilities, cruise ships, office buildings, hotel and motel rooms, schools, restaurants, for non-food safety in meat and produce processing facilities, military barracks, and athletic facilities. TOMI’s products and services have also been used in single-family homes and multi-unit residences. TOMI also develops training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing with The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, The Restoration Industry Association, Indoor Air Quality Association, and The International Ozone Association. For additional product information, visit www.tomimist.com or contact us at info@tomimist.com. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 Certain written and oral statements made by us may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Reform Act”). Forward-looking statements are identified by such words and phrases as “we expect,” “expected to,” “estimates,” “estimated,” “current outlook,” “we look forward to,” “would equate to,” “projects,” “projections,” “projected to be,” “anticipates,” “anticipated,” “we believe,” “could be,” and other similar phrases. All statements addressing operating performance, events, or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future, including statements relating to revenue growth, earnings, earnings-per-share growth, or similar projections, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. They are forward-looking, and they should be evaluated in light of important risk factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our anticipated results. The information provided in this document is based upon the facts and circumstances known at this time. We undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements after the date of this release.


Dublin, Feb. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Air Quality Monitoring Equipment and Water Quality Sensors Market (By Product Type, By Application, By Region, By Country): Opportunities and Forecasts (2016-2021)" report to their offering. Air Quality Monitoring Equipment Market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 10.33% during 2016-2021F, while Water Quality Sensors Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.25%. The strong growth in air quality monitoring market is driven by the rising number of deaths form air pollution coupled with increasing efforts by various government associations to develop environment friendly industries while in the water quality sensors market the growth is propelled by the rising number of water quality monitoring activities along with surging urbanisation and industrialisation across various regions. Although, North America holds the major percentage share in the air quality monitoring as well and water quality sensors market, APAC is anticipated to lead the market in terms of growth rate. Rising urbanisation rate paving the way for industrialisation coupled with rising air pollution and increasing number of patients of waterborne diseases is propelling growth for the APAC region. Scope of the Report By Markets: - Air Quality Monitoring Equipment - Water Quality Sensors Air Quality Monitoring Equipment By Product Type: - Indoor Air Quality Monitors - Outdoor Air Quality Monitors Air Quality Monitoring Equipment By Applications: - Government Agencies and Academic Institutes - Commercial and Residential Users - Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Industry - Power Generation Plants - Others Water Quality Sensors Market By Applications: - Ground and Surface Water - Drinking Water - Waste Water - Aquaculture Report Highlights: - Primary Research: Interviews conducted with key management people to gain quality responses and deeper insights. - Secondary Research: Data and insights from industry associations, annual reports, company presentations, premium journals and internal database. - Actual Period: Historical and current market sizing (2012-2015) - Forecast Period: Projected market sizing (2016E-2021F) - Market Attractiveness Index - Strategic Recommendations Companies Mentioned - Atlas Scientific LLC - Emerson Electric Co. - GE Power - HORIBA, Ltd. - Oakton Instruments - Siemens AG - Teledyne-API - Thermo Fisher Scientific For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/qn2gc7/global_air About Research and Markets Research and Markets is the world's leading source for international market research reports and market data. We provide you with the latest data on international and regional markets, key industries, the top companies, new products and the latest trends.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

- Hyundai, Toyota, BorgWarner, Honeywell and Valeo to discuss the future of powertrain technology - New for 2017: second high-level panel discussion featuring Ford, General Motors, Novelis and ArcelorMittal - 20 speakers from OEMs, suppliers and other industry stakeholders Fuel Economy Detroit returns to Michigan in March 2017, with the Automotive Megatrends event once again focusing on the developments in fuel efficiency and lightweighting essential for the cars of the future. Featuring 200+ delegates and 20 high level speakers, Fuel Economy Detroit is the perfect opportunity to network with industry peers, hear presentations from leading industry stakeholders and join the debate shaping the cars and car industry of tomorrow. Bill Charmley of the US Environmental Protection Agency will open Fuel Economy Detroit with the morning keynote address. As Director, Assessment and Standards Division in the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Bill will provide fascinating insight into the regulatory environment facing vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders. The morning panel discussion takes a look into the future of engines, propulsion and emissions, with OEMs and suppliers sharing the stage to debate 'Powertrain technology - the next ten years'. The panel will feature: For 2017, we've added a second panel discussion. This year's topic, 'Improving fuel economy through lightweighting', will be debated by: The one-day event will also include presentations from: For more information and to obtain tickets for this unique conference, please go to https://automotivemegatrends.com/fuel-economy-detroit/


Home Values, Long Term Appreciation Lower in High Risk Zip Codes; Underwater Rates, Share of Cash Sales Higher In High Risk Zip Codes IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - February 16, 2017) - ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's largest fused property database, today released its third annual Environmental Hazards Housing Risk Index, which shows that 17.3 million single family homes and condos with a combined estimated market value of $4.9 trillion are in zip codes with high or very high risk for at least one of four environmental hazards: Superfunds, brownfields, polluters or poor air quality. The 17.3 million single family homes and condos in high-risk zip codes represented 25 percent of the 68.1 million single family homes and condos in the 8,642 zip codes analyzed. A risk index for each of the four environmental hazards was calculated for each of the 8,642 zip codes, and the indexes were each divided into five categories of risk: Very Low, Low, Moderate, High and Very High. See full methodology below. Of the 8,642 zip codes analyzed, 6,238 with 50.8 million single family homes and condos (75 percent) worth a combined $16.9 trillion did not have a High or Very High risk index for any of the four environmental hazards. "Home values are higher and long-term home price appreciation is stronger in zip codes without a high risk for any of the four environmental hazards analyzed," said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. "Corresponding to that is a higher share of homes still seriously underwater in the zip codes with a high risk of at least one environmental hazard, indicating those areas have not regained as much of the home value lost during the downturn. "Conversely, home price appreciation over the past five years was actually stronger in the higher-risk zip codes, which could reflect the strong influence of investors during this recent housing recovery," Blomquist added. "Environmental hazards likely impact owner-occupants more directly than investors, making the latter more willing to purchase in higher-risk areas. The higher share of cash sales we're seeing in high-risk zip codes for environmental hazards also suggests that this is the case." "State and federal regulations require some specific environmental disclosures, when the seller has knowledge, however many buyers take environmental hazards into consideration when making an offer on a home or when negotiating the post inspection agreement," said Matthew L. Watercutter, senior regional vice president and broker of record for HER Realtors, covering the Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati markets in Ohio. "The most common environmental hazards buyers inspect for are lead based paint, radon and mold. There are many other environmental issues buyers should consider, such as inspecting and testing for past meth labs in the property, the presence of asbestos and in rural areas and buried fuel tanks. Best practice as a buyer is to do your due diligence during the contract period, and know what you are buying." A total environmental hazard index combining the four individual hazard indexes was also calculated for each of the 8,642 zip codes nationwide. Zip codes with the 10 highest Total Environmental Hazard Index values were in Denver; San Bernardino, California; Curtis Bay, Maryland (in the Baltimore metro area); Santa Fe Springs, California (in the Los Angeles metro area); Fresno, California; Niagara Falls, New York; Saint Louis; Mira Loma, California (in the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area); Hamburg, Pennsylvania (in the Reading metro area); and Tampa, Florida. The Superfund Risk Index for each zip code was based on the number of Superfund sites on the National Priorities List in 2016 as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See full methodology below. Similar to the overall risk index, the Superfund Risk Index was divided into five categories of risk, from Very Low to Very High. Over the last 10 years median home prices have risen the most in Very Low risk zip codes, with the rise in prices lower in each subsequent category of higher risk. Median home prices in Very High risk zip codes are down 1.5 percent from 10 years ago. Homeowners in Very Low risk zip codes have seen the biggest percentage gain in home value since purchase (24.4 percent) while homeowners in High risk zip codes have seen the smallest percentage gain in home value since purchase (19.6 percent). Foreclosure rates are highest in Very High risk zip codes (1.0 percent), while foreclosure rates in Moderate zip codes are lowest (0.5 percent). The Brownfield Risk Index for each zip code was based on the number of Brownfield sites in 2016 as defined by the EPA, and the index was divided into five categories of risk from Very Low to Very High. See full methodology below. In zip codes in the Very High risk category, 17.2 percent of properties were seriously underwater, the highest of any risk category, with the share of underwater homes decreasing with each subsequent risk category lower. In zip codes in the Very Low risk category, 8.9 percent of properties were seriously underwater. Over the last 10 years, median home prices have risen the most in Very Low risk zip codes (2.8 percent), while median home prices in Very High risk zip codes are still 2.8 percent below 10 years ago, the biggest decrease of any risk category. Home sellers in 2016 in Very Low risk zip codes realized the biggest percentage gain in home price since purchase (25.3 percent), while homeowners in High risk zip codes realized the smallest gain (18.6 percent). Homeowners in Very High risk zip codes realized an average percent gain since purchase of 18.9 percent. The Polluters Risk Index for each zip code was based on the number of facilities included on the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) list in 2015 (the most recent data available at the time of the analysis), and the index was divided into five categories of risk from Very Low to Very High. See full methodology below. Home sellers in 2016 in Very Low risk zip codes realized the biggest percentage gain in home price since purchase (27.7percent), with homeowners realizing lower percentage gains in each subsequent risk category higher. Homeowners in Very High risk zip codes realized a 16.6 percent average gain in home price since purchase. In zip codes in the Very High risk category for polluters, 12.7 percent of properties were seriously underwater, the highest of any risk category, with the share of underwater homes decreasing with each subsequent risk category lower. In zip codes in the Very Low risk category, 9.2 percent of properties were seriously underwater. The Air Quality Risk Index for each zip code was based on the percentage of days in 2015 that were deemed to not have good air quality by the EPA, and the index was divided into five categories of risk from Very Low to Very High. See full methodology below. There was only one zip code in the Very Low category, so not enough data to be statistically viable nationwide. Median home prices in Low risk zip codes for air quality have risen the most over the past year and past 10 years of any risk categories, with lower price appreciation in each subsequent risk category higher for both one year and 10 years. Home sales volume has increased 26 percent over the past five years in both Low and Moderate risk categories, while home sales volume has increased just 3.3 percent over the past five years in Very High risk zip codes and increased 16.5 percent in High risk zip codes. For the report, ATTOM Data Solutions analyzed 8,642 U.S. zip codes with sufficient housing trend data for the following four environmental hazards: poor air quality, superfund sites, polluters, brownfields and former drug labs. A housing risk index was calculated for each of the four types of hazards in each of the 8,642 zip codes. The maximum index value for each index was 250 and the minimum value was 0. A combined environmental hazard index comprised of these four factors and with a maximum possible score of 1,000 was assigned to each zip code. The highest actual score for any zip code was 455. Each individual natural hazard index accounted for 25 percent of the combined index. Poor Air Quality: This percentage is derived from the average percentage of days without significant traces of Carbon Monoxide, Fine Particles, Particulate Matter, Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone, or Sulfur Dioxide in the air as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency. For more details, visit http://www.epa.gov/airquality/cleanair.html. Superfunds on National Priorities List: is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the EPA in determining which sites warrant further investigation. For more details, visit http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/. Brownfield Site: With certain legal exclusions and additions, the term "brownfield site" means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. For more details, visit http://epa.gov/brownfields/index.html. Polluters: Data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program that requires certain industrial facilities that manufacture or process more than 25,000 pounds of a TRI-listed chemical or otherwise uses more than 10,000 pounds of a listed chemical in a given year to report that to the Environmental Protection Agency. For more details, visit http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program. ATTOM Data Solutions is the curator of the ATTOM Data Warehouse, a multi-sourced national property database that blends property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, health hazards, neighborhood characteristics and other property characteristic data for more than 150 million U.S. residential and commercial properties. The ATTOM Data Warehouse delivers actionable data to businesses, consumers, government agencies, universities, policymakers and the media in multiple ways, including bulk file licenses, APIs and customized reports. ATTOM Data Solutions also powers consumer websites designed to promote real estate transparency: RealtyTrac.com is a property search and research portal for foreclosures and other off-market properties; Homefacts.com is a neighborhood research portal providing hyperlocal risks and amenities information; HomeDisclosure.com produces detailed property pre-diligence reports. ATTOM Data and its associated brands are cited by thousands of media outlets each month, including frequent mentions on CBS Evening News, The Today Show, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, PBS NewsHour and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA TODAY. Investors, businesses and government institutions can contact ATTOM Data Solutions to purchase the full dataset behind the Environmental Hazards Housing Risk Index, including data at the state, metro, county and zip code level. The data is also available via bulk license or in customized reports. For more information contact our Data Solutions Department at 800.462.5125 or datasales@attomdata.com.


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "Airpocalypse" -- that's how many referred to the damaging levels of smog that affected many China residents this winter. The high-levels of pollution caused schools to close, transportation to be halted, and gas masks to become a wardrobe staple. A new report, "Air Quality Management Planning Framework," by researchers from RTI International in collaboration with the Jiangsu Environmental Protection Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sonoma Technology, Inc., and the Regulatory Assistance Project, aims to help the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China lift communities out of the smog by outlining best practices and technologies used in the United States for improving air quality. This work was funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. "China has undergone an economic surge over the past few decades, and as a result air quality has suffered," said Rebecca Nicholson, contributing author and vice president of RTI's Environmental Engineering & Economics Division. "The United States has had its own challenges managing air quality and economic growth, and the report shares lessons learned through that experience." Authors of the report analyzed conditions in three Jiangsu Province cities -- Nanjing, Changzhou, and Suzhou -- that face challenging air quality issues. Jiangsu has experienced rapid urbanization and increased energy demand, leading to air pollution. In 2014, the province had the highest industrial smoke and dust emissions in China, and was ranked second in coal consumption. The geographical makeup of the region also presents a unique challenge -- with mountains on three sides, it is difficult for pollution to disperse. Looking at these challenges, the report lists a range of recommendations for improving air quality, to include: "Technologies, data, and expertise surrounding air quality have never been better," Nicholson said. "Leveraging this knowledge, China can maintain its economic growth while reducing air pollution and improving overall public health." In addition to providing recommendations for air quality improvement, the report provides updates on China's national-level air quality planning efforts, as well as efforts in the Jiangsu Province. Read the full report here. A Chinese version is also available.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

BOSTON -- The drumbeat calling scientists to share their work with the public is as loud as ever, and Tracey Holloway is happy to answer. It's just that education isn't exactly what she's offering. "We have hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of data from satellites that have been up in space for over 10 years," says Holloway, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "And we know people have problems they want to solve. And we want to know how we can help." Holloway leads a group of 13 researchers drawn together as NASA's Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) who are trying to step outside their community of atmospheric scientists and satellite experts to provide space-based tools to relative laypeople -- and to put those new users in a position to shape the way satellite data is collected and used. Holloway presented HAQAST's brand of public engagement here Thursday (Feb. 16) at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "The traditional model of science outreach moves in one direction: scientists disseminating information," says Holloway. "What's unusual about our experience with HAQAST is that we're building a two-way dialogue to move the research along and to make sure that the research is addressing questions of social value." The newest Earth-observing satellites deployed by NASA and other agencies around the world are streaming back information about the air we breathe in nearly real time, and with coverage that dwarfs ground-based sensors. They can see atmospheric pollutants like nitrogen dioxide -- NO2, a lung irritant that also forms the problematic greenhouse gas ozone -- and dust and smoke from storms and fires. "A big question is how air quality is changing in areas where we don't have ground monitors," says Holloway. "States in the western U.S. may only have one or two monitors, and only in major cities. But there are two instruments in space that can see NO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, and they see the whole world once a day." That could be a boon for lawyers, urban planners and doctors tasked with air pollution management and public health decisions who are trying to track air quality shifts in rural and even suburban areas. But while the satellites take in all the Earth in 24 hours, it can be tough for potential data customers to keep track of cutting-edge science. "The mission for these folks is to do their job -- to keep the air clean, to develop good policies, to protect public health, to understand the problem so they can solve it," says Holloway. "We don't want to expect them to read our scientific journals, trying to figure out how to use novel data sources in new ways." HAQAST is. And its brand of public outreach involves special issues of industry magazines, visits to meetings of professional organizations and state consortiums, social media, and visits with individual agencies and small groups in an effort to remove any and all barriers. "A lot of people have no idea where the front door is. Can you just call up a scientist?" says Holloway. "And they really don't know if you can ask a scientist to get something you need. We want those questions." Planning a new satellite and shooting it into orbit is not a casual enterprise. It takes years, presents hard decisions about which capabilities are worth adding or subtracting, and requires a commitment from researchers like Holloway to interpret -- and find new ways to use -- the resulting data. NASA's HAQAST effort helps identify data that users will value, and how to make the best use of the instruments that are already up in space. "I'm promoting super-high-value data that's readily available online, but I also want those users to help guide our next research questions," Holloway says. "It takes time to go from a good idea to a published research study -- or another instrument in space. Nobody should have to wait 10 years to know how to use data from new-generation satellites." Input from fire chiefs may help NASA provide real-time tracking of smoke plumes from wildfires, and meetings with air quality workers in Maricopa County, Arizona, sparked work by one of Holloway's graduate students to sharpen the way satellite measurements of formaldehyde in the air are used to track pollutants that can cause smog, make people sick and contribute to climate change. Stepping outside their usual scientific circles puts the HAQAST members in touch with people who may know plenty about air quality, but from the perspective of a business or policy-maker or doctor or community group, according to Holloway. "Those members of the public deserve more credit for what their expertise can contribute to the scientific enterprise," she says. "Science is about having good ideas and fresh perspectives to solve problems. It's hard to do that if you don't expose yourself to new people and different viewpoints."


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has reintroduced legislation aimed at giving states and communities more time to implement 2015 ground-level ozone limits under National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The measure, S. 452, also would revise the US Environmental Protection Agency’s existing timeline for reviewing NAAQS and air-quality criteria from 5-year intervals to 10-year intervals.


Executives from leading communication and mobile technology manufacturers in Taiwan will present their newest tech products at Mobile World Congress. Supported by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan and implemented by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the exclusive showcase of innovation and excellence in the ICT industry will be unveiled on the opening day of MWC 2017. This dedicated event for experts in the ICT industry on 27th February will give firsthand news from four Taiwanese companies - Acer, Advantech, D-Link, and IEI Integration regarding their latest products. The Taiwan Excellence Pavilion, (Stand 7L81, Hall 7) will feature 25 innovative products from 12 notable Taiwan Excellence Award-winning companies, from smartphones and wearable devices to smart home and cloud services. All these products have been awarded a Taiwan Excellence Award, the highest accolade given to products that encapsulate "innovalue" (innovation + added value). Exhibitors include Acer, ASUS, Aidmics Biotechnology, HOLUX Technology, ADATA Technology, IEI Integration Corp., ipin, Lanner Electronics Inc., MOAI electronics co.,Ltd., StarVedia Technology inc., VentiFresh, D-Link and ZyXEL. All the Taiwan Excellence winners were selected by a panel of international judges based on the criteria of design, R&D, quality and marketing. They not only represent the most revolutionary, highest quality and highest value-added products made by Taiwan, but also epitomize Taiwan's unique genius in using innovation to create additional value in the design and manufacturing of cutting-edge products. Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of innovative products that enhance people's lives. Acer's product offerings include PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets, smartphones, and wearables. Acer ranks No. 4 for total PCs globally and the company is also developing cloud solutions to bring together the Internet of Things. Acer will showcase its in-home Air Monitor, which safeguards users and loved ones' wellbeing, by providing real-time air quality information and remote tracking on indoor air condition (6 Indoor Air Quality Index). D-Link, the global leader in providing wireless solutions for the home, enterprise and service providers, will present their solutions regarding a more connected city, home and business. For the smart home, they will present the first Apple HomeKit compatible camera, the Omna 180 Cam HD, which has a 180 degree view and works seamlessly with other HomeKit enabled devices; together with the free, enhanced mydlink Home app which serve as the single ecosystem for all of D-Link's cloud and connected home products, and their line of mydlink Home Automation solutions, that includes mydlink Connected Home Gateway and a range of Z-wave sensors and sirens and Wi-Fi cameras. For the smart business, they will present D-Link's Business Cloud Solution that removes the cost and complexity involved with owning and maintaining of their own wireless infrastructure for companies. The solution simplifies the management of the wireless network, reducing the need for dedicated support staff, and allowing large numbers of Access Points to be managed remotely from a single interface. IEI Integration Corp., a leading industrial computer provider for factory automation, computer telephony integration, networking appliances, security, systems, will present its emotionally intelligent robot, the AfuBot. It was developed with Internet of Things technologies. IEI also develops value-added services for AfuBot, such as online education, telemedicine and interactive entertainment. By integrating software and hardware, AfuBot features remote video call, cloud download and expansion capabilities to meet the needs of users. In addition, IEI provides open software and hardware platform for people who are interested in robotics that would like to do secondary development. All of the parts and functions can be customized, allowing people to work together to create a wonderful life benefited from Internet of Things and intelligent robot. Advantech, is a leading provider of comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support. They will present the Packetarium XLc, a fully carrier-grade blade server designed for the virtual network infrastructure (NFVI), the first telco-grade server of its class to bring Virtual Network Functions out to the edge of the network enabling applications such as Mobile Edge Computing and Cloud RAN. The system combines high-end networking with IT design principles to accommodate the maximum density of compute available in a 400mm deep 6U chassis, yet meet demanding industry standards with NEBS-3 compliance. The Packetarium XLc seamlessly integrates with industry standard software frameworks to accelerate the roll-out of next-generation NFV solutions.

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