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Does 'Peak Car' Mean 100 Million Vehicles A Year, Forever?

Does 'Peak Car' Mean 100 Million Vehicles A Year, Forever?

Looking at all of the vehicles on the average U.S. highway, it's hard to imagine that car use could ever decline. Yet that's exactly what some analysts are predicting. A new report from Bloomberg claims the growth of megacities will be bring about "Peak Car"--the point at which new-car sales stop... read more

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Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)

Car Emissions Hurt You More Than Electricity Generating: Here's Why

As an electric car owner, you're probably used to the accusatory look people give you when they inquire as to where your electricity comes from. The answer they're looking... read more February 12, 2014 by 


 
Zipcar

Carsharing Eats Into New-Car Sales, According To Study

A straightforward way to reduce emissions is to get rid of your car--and that's exactly what some Americans appear to be doing. Consulting firm Alix Partners released a... read more February 7, 2014 by 


 
Ford Fusion Energi charging.

Electric Cars Cut Greenhouse Gases Even More Than Expected, NASA Says

A trial program with electric cars at the Kennedy Space Center is going better than expected, cutting greenhouse gas emissions in company vehicles. In fact, the center's... read more February 3, 2014 by 


 
Rossi Honda in Vineland, New Jersey.

Honda Dealer In NJ Is First In U.S. To Use No Net Electricity

There are many green cars on the road, but how eco-friendly are the dealerships that sell them? Rossi Honda of Vineland, New Jersey, claims to be the first U.S. car dealer to... read more January 24, 2014 by 


 
Beijing smog

Chinese Vehicle Sales Soar Past 20 Million, Smog Worse Than Ever

The number of vehicles on China's roads continues to grow--and so does the severity of the country's air pollution. China became the first nation to surpass 20 million... read more January 10, 2014 by 


 
Beijing smog

U.S. Will Help China Draft Emission Standards, White House Says

It appears that China's latest emissions regulations will get some help from an unexpected place. At the end of vice president Joe Biden's recent trip to the country, the... read more December 9, 2013 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Pricing Carbon Emissions? Bring It On, Say Some Large Companies

It seems many large companies are willing to pay a price for their emissions. A new report by environmental data company CDP found that at least 29 companies--including the... read more December 6, 2013 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

TVA To Cut Coal Use For Energy Generation By Half

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to significantly reduce its use of coal for energy generation. The TVA will shut down eight electricity-generating units that... read more November 19, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

European Union Delays Emissions Rules: Victory For German Luxury Makers?

The heads of German luxury car makers are probably breathing a collective sigh of relief. On Monday, European Union environmental ministers voted to delay an enhanced carbon... read more October 18, 2013 by 


 
Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court To Review Permitting Aspect Of Greenhouse-Gas Rules

The Supreme Court is back in session, and Environmental Protection Agency emissions regulations are on the docket. The court will hear a case challenging EPA regulations of... read more October 16, 2013 by 


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Are You A Zero-Car Family? You're Not Alone--It's Popular These Days

If you really want to reduce emissions or conserve energy, get rid of your car. It may sound extreme, but an increasing number of Americans are doing just that. The number of... read more October 9, 2013 by 


 
Power plant

The Next Big Emissions Battle Is Not Cars; It's About Coal

The rules for vehicle gas mileage are pretty much locked down from now through 2025. The math is complicated, but vehicles in 2025 will have to reach a fleet-wide average of... read more October 8, 2013 by 


 
Clunkers

California Incentivizes Ditching Dirtiest Cars, Buying Cleanest Ones

Remember "Cash for Clunkers?" California has its own program to retire older, dirtier vehicles and replace them with new ones. Senate Bill 459, now on Governor Jerry Brown's... read more September 20, 2013 by 


 
Tel Aviv, Israel, free of traffic during Yom Kippur holiday [photo: Brian of London]

Surprise: Take Cars Off Roads, Air Gets Much, Much Clearer

It stands to reason: Take all vehicles off the roads, and the air will get cleaner. But now we can answer the question, "How much?" And it turns out that the answer is, "A... read more September 17, 2013 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

Is The Writing On The Wall For U.S. Coal?

What will power your plug-in car in a few years? If new EPA regulations go into effect, it may not be coal. Next week, the EPA is expected to set limits on greenhouse gas... read more September 16, 2013 by 


 
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