In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How'd They Do That?

In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How'd They Do That?

Electric cars have no tailpipe emissions, but their overall impact on the environment includes the electricity generated to recharge their batteries. The carbon emissions associated with that power vary greatly, depending on the local utility that provides it. Now an updated study from the Union of... read more

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2015 Nissan Leaf

How To Quit Smoking: Buy An Electric Car?

Electric cars are good for the environment, but could they also benefit the health of the people who drive them? There's now a small amount of anecdotal evidence that buying... read more December 5, 2014 by 

Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

Days Numbered For Dirtiest Diesels In Europe; France To Phase Out Diesel Fuel

For many European cities, diesel exhaust emissions have become a health as well as an environmental problem. So in addition to promoting electric cars or alternative forms of... read more December 2, 2014 by 

Carlos Ghosn

Nissan CEO Ghosn: Climate Change Must Be Corporate Humanitarian Cause

There are many reasons that automakers sell electric cars. Cars that plug in to travel on batteries charged from the electric grid respond to perceived customer demand for... read more December 1, 2014 by 

Smog in Hong Kong [Image by Flickr user inkelv1122]

Do Auto Emissions Kill As Many People As Car Crashes?

Carbon-dioxide emissions have documented negative effects at a planetary level--but could the other gases coming out of vehicle tailpipes be as hazardous to overall public... read more November 13, 2014 by 

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

CA Smog Plan Approved By State & EPA Isn't Tough Enough: Lawsuit

Despite undeniable progress after decades of smog-abatement measures, the air quality in the Los Angeles Basin continues to be among the worst in the U.S. A new plan to clean... read more November 5, 2014 by 

Car2Go Smart Fortwo, in Portland

Car Sharing Awareness Grows: 1 In 5 Americans Has Used It Now

Seventy years of sprawling suburban development makes cars the most practical way for most people in the U.S. to get around, but actually owning that car may become optional... read more October 30, 2014 by 

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE (European spec)

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... read more October 16, 2014 by 

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

Further Crackdowns On Diesel Emissions Only A Matter Of Time?

Both the U.S. and Europe have implemented tighter emissions or fuel-economy standards for gasoline-powered vehicles, but Europe's legion of diesel cars and trucks may get... read more October 15, 2014 by 

Beijing smog

Diesel Pollution In London Makes Air Worse Than Beijing For Nitrous Oxides

There's a lot of talk about so-called clean diesel, which in North America means any diesel that meets tailpipe emissions standards that went into effect seven years ago... read more September 22, 2014 by 

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

CA Clean-Air Initiative: Cash In A Clunker, Buy An Electric Car

California has been a world pioneer for decades in reducing vehicle emissions, including its 20-year effort to get significant numbers of zero-emission vehicles on the roads... read more September 2, 2014 by 

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 


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