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EU Commission Accepts 'Flawed' Emission Rules For On-Road Testing

EU Commission Accepts 'Flawed' Emission Rules For On-Road Testing

The European Commission is set to accept new emissions rules after a protest against their leniency was rejected by lawmakers. Earlier this year, members of the European Parliament had rebuffed a proposal to require on-road emissions testing for new vehicles, because it also allowed carmakers to... read more

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2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

VW Diesel Cheating An 'Open Secret' In Engine Group: Report

A German newspaper has reported that the use of "defeat device" software to cheat on U.S. emissions laws was widespread knowledge within the diesel-engine group at Volkswagen... read more January 23, 2016 by


 
USS Princeton refuels with biofuel in 2012 [Image: U.S. Navy via Flickr]

U.S. Navy's 'Great Green Fleet' Uses 10-Percent Biodiesel Even As Fuel Prices Plummet

The U.S. Navy is moving ahead with plans to fuel its ships with a diesel/biofuel blend, even though oil prices have dropped significantly since it first announced the plan... read more January 20, 2016 by


 
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Hybrid Airplane Engine? NASA Says It's Making Progress On One

Aircraft aren't subject to the same strict fuel-efficiency standards as cars, but they're still responsible for large amounts of carbon emissions. According to one recent... read more January 18, 2016 by


 
Volkswagen logo

VW Deepens Diesel-Scandal Woes With Denials, Confrontation, Muddled Messages

By this point, the principles of corporate crisis-management communications are pretty well established. A company with a looming PR catastrophe needs to respond immediately... read more January 14, 2016 by


 
California Citrus State Historic Park

Leak At Natural-Gas Field Now One-Quarter Of All CA Methane Emissions (UPDATED)

For half a century, California has been at the forefront of reducing emissions and cleaning up air pollution. And the state has made breathtaking progress since the days of... read more January 13, 2016 by


 
NASA LeapTech electric-motor research project (Photo by Joby Aviation via NASA)

Experimental Electric Wing: Lower-Carbon Airplane Research

The next big thing in low-carbon aircraft isn't really an aircraft at all. It's a wing, mounted to the back of a Peterbilt truck. NASA is using this rig to test a concept... read more January 12, 2016 by


 
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

VW May Buy Back (Some) TDI Diesel-Cheating Cars In U.S.: Report

Volkswagen is still not ready to launch a recall of diesel cars with "defeat device" software in the U.S., meaning customers are still in limbo. Given the significant costs... read more January 11, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

VW Diesel Reality Check: Company, Regulators Still Far Apart On Modifications

It's been months since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Volkswagen had admitted it installed illegal "defeat device" software on its TDI diesel... read more January 7, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Justice Department, EPA Sue VW Over Diesel Cheating, Billions In Penalties Possible

The U.S. government has now sued Volkswagen over its diesel-emissions cheating. At the request of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice... read more January 5, 2016 by


 
BMW M3 M Performance exhaust

Euro Parliament Rebuffs Carmakers' Request To Exceed Emission Limits

A provision in proposed European Union emissions regulations that would have allowed carmakers to exceed emissions limits has been rebuffed by members of the European... read more January 5, 2016 by


 
wind farm

Small Wind Turbines Now Offered On Leases, Like Solar Panels

Small solar-panel installations have allowed homeowners to lower carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity as well. Electric-car drivers with home solar... read more January 3, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Environmental Justice Groups: Not So Fast, Musk--VW Diesels Must Be Fixed!

U.S. regulatory agencies still haven't approved a plan to modify the 482,000 Volkswagen 2.0-liter TDI diesel cars equipped with "defeat device" software used to circumvent... read more December 29, 2015 by


 
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

China Emission Standards: So Tough Honda Will Have All Hybrids By 2025

China is the world's largest market for new cars, and it also has some of the world's worst air pollution. Cities have had to limit new-car sales and restrict car use to... read more December 28, 2015 by


 
Indian traffic [Image: Flickr user Peter Eich]

Fuel Economy Improvements: Too Slow In Developed Countries, Minimal In Rest Of World

Several countries have policies in place demanding greater fuel economy or reduced carbon emissions from new cars, in the hopes of combating climate change. While the average... read more December 28, 2015 by


 
Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Cars Vs. Planes: Which Emits More Carbon? (Which Sins Worse?)

Eco-activists often indict air travel as a carbon-spewing threat to the global climate. Worldwide, commercial jets pour an estimated 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into... read more December 26, 2015 by


 

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