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European Auto Industry Asks For Higher Carbon Emission Limits

European Auto Industry Asks For Higher Carbon Emission Limits

In the interest of reducing carbon emissions to reduce climate change, regulators around the world are forcing carmakers to boost the fuel efficiency of their upcoming products--substantially. This requires investments in new technologies and production of more efficient models at a more rapid pace... read more

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Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Will California Pioneer A World Beyond Cars This Century?

It's almost inconceivable, the idea of a world without personally-owned automobiles. But that's the startling vision proposed by noted researcher Tom Turrentine and... read more August 26, 2014 by 


 
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Jet Fuel From Tobacco Plants To Be Tested By Boeing, South African Airlines

Corn-based ethanol is, to say the least, a controversial topic. While it's shown promise as a viable renewable fuel, there are concerns that large-scale ethanol production of... read more August 12, 2014 by 


 
2016 Audi A3 e-tron  -  First Drive

2015 VW e-Golf, 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Get Carbon Offset Program, Offer Of Home-Solar Systems

When it comes to carbon emissions, there's more to consider than what comes out of a car's tailpipe (if it has one). For buyers looking to cancel out the emissions involved... read more August 6, 2014 by 


 
Ferrari LaFerrari

Even Ferrari To Cut Carbon Emissions, With Hybrid V-12 & Turbo V-8 Engines

The fastest, most expensive sports cars and supercars must constantly boost performance to stay competitive--and now they're also having to cut their carbon emissions at the... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
Scrapped cars. Photo by Flickr user Edward Blake.

U.S. Car Population Surges As Sales Soar, While Scrappage Falls

As new, more-efficient cars become available, older models must eventually be taken off the road for a genuine reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions to occur. Yet while U.S... read more June 13, 2014 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Do New EPA Emission Rules Just Hasten Coal's Inevitable Death?

Take a deep breath and relax. It is highly unlikely that "millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark" (in the words of a critic) once new EPA rules lowering carbon... read more June 8, 2014 by 


 
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Where Do Hybrids, Diesels Sell Best? State-By-State Data Shows Answers

If you happen to buy a new hybrid or diesel car, where are you most likely to see another one facing you across a four-way intersection? The Diesel Technology Forum--a trade... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
China

China To Ban 6 Million Gross Polluters From Roads In Smog Fight

More-efficient new vehicles and stricter emissions standards can help reduce air pollution, but the effect is limited if older, dirtier cars remain on the road in large... read more May 28, 2014 by 


 
2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, April 2013

Hyundai-Kia Topples Honda For UCS 'Greenest Automaker' Title

Honda has long had the reputation of offering fuel-efficient, relatively green vehicles--but this year, it has lost the "Greenest Automaker" laurels that it's held since 1998... read more May 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Carbon Fiber In Cars: More Energy To Make, Lower Lifetime Emissions

While its light weight helps raise fuel economy in vehicles, carbon fiber has its critics. An often-long supply chain has led some to question the material's environmental... read more May 26, 2014 by 


 
Diesel

U.N. Study Concludes Diesel Particulates Low, And Declining In Europe & U.S.

Particulate-matter emissions are one of the major environmental hazards of diesel cars and trucks, but the problem may not be as great as it appears. A new paper (PDF) from... read more May 23, 2014 by 


 
China

China Push For Lower Emissions: Smaller, More Efficient Engines, Mild Hybrids

China may be the world's largest car market, but increased air pollution has created a public backlash against the automobile. It's also spurring the government to take... read more May 14, 2014 by 


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

Diesel Car Emissions Still Killing Thousands, Latest Research Says

The popularity of diesel vehicles has risen in recent years, as consumers acquaint themselves with the latest generation of cleaner-burning, quieter, smoother and faster... read more May 8, 2014 by 


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Atmospheric Carbon Is Higher, Faster, This Year Than Last

While stricter emissions standards for cars are slowly starting to take effect, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues to rise. Levels of atmospheric carbon... read more May 5, 2014 by 


 
1970s Los Angeles smog depicted in the Honda short film "Never Ending Race."

What Are The 10 Most Polluted U.S. Cities?

California may be a haven for plug-in electric cars, but it's also home to many of the most-polluted cities in the U.S. Of the 10 most polluted U.S. cities in the American... read more May 1, 2014 by 


 
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