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Wealthy nations on fossil-fuel subsidies: we'll end them...later

Wealthy nations on fossil-fuel subsidies: we'll end them...later

The world's wealthiest nations have not yet been able to commit to end subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry, even in the face of growing alarm over climate change. Members of the Group of 20 (G20) economies met in Beijing last week, but failed to reach an agreement on a deadline to phase out... read more

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Beijing smog

China brings its fuel quality standards up to global levels, quickly

China already aims to cut its horrific urban air pollution by aggressively promoting electric cars and implementing stricter fuel-economy standards over the next few years... read more May 24, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Germany's $1 billion electric-car incentive plan approved by cabinet: update

After much discussion, Germany appears poised to implement significant incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. This week, the German government announced an... read more May 19, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

New House bill seeks to limit ethanol in gasoline to current usage

Pretty much since its passage in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has been a controversial piece of legislation. Enacted as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act... read more May 18, 2016 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

What is a carbon tax and how would it work? A primer

One new policy measure that could get companies to cut their carbon emissions is to put a price on those emissions. Such a "carbon tax" is enthusiastically supported by many... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
Bentley Continental GT races a train across Saudi Arabia

Even Saudi Arabia vows to end its 'addiction to oil'

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is now starting to contemplate a future in which gasoline and diesel now longer power the majority of the world's cars. Over the next decade and a half... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
China

China accelerates tougher vehicle emission standards, starting sooner

China is known for having some of the worst air pollution in the world, due in part to years of lax emission regulations covering factories as well as vehicles in the world's... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
BYD Qin EV300

China to issue special green plates for electric cars to enforce preferential treatment

Thanks to aggressive government promotion, electric cars in China get not only purchase incentives, but also other types of incentives in many cases. In certain cities, they... read more April 19, 2016 by


 
Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected... read more April 15, 2016 by


 
Bentley Continental GT races a train across Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will have $2 trillion to figure out an economy after oil

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia could find itself in a vulnerable position if world economies shift away from fossil fuels for transportation over the coming decades. The Middle... read more April 5, 2016 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Is group buying the key to boosting electric-car adoption?

If you want to get someone to do something—drive an electric car, say—then making it cheaper is a good way to start. Purchase incentives and tax rebates have been... read more April 1, 2016 by


 
Smog in Dehli, India (by Flickr user Mfield)

India's ambitious goal: all electric vehicles on roads by 2030

Several countries have committed to putting more electric cars on their roads in the near future as a way to reduce air pollution and combat climate change. But what if one... read more March 31, 2016 by


 
2014 Tesla Model S in China

China tweaks electric-car plans to reward success, reduce fraud

Over the past few years, China's government has aggressively promoted electric cars in the hope that mass adoption will help alleviate the country's infamous air pollution... read more March 14, 2016 by


 
Daimler Trucks North America SuperTruck

Canada to echo U.S. fuel economy regulations for heavy-duty trucks

In its efforts to increase the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks, the U.S. government now has a partner in its neighbor to the north. Canada plans to echo upcoming U.S... read more March 11, 2016 by


 
Petro-Canada gas station, Crossfields, Alberta, with electric-car charging station

Electric cars in Canada: 6 good-news events for buyers, drivers

Canadian electric-vehicle policy seems to be enjoying its own annus mirabilis, or "wonderful year," during 2016. While "a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,"... read more March 9, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Dirty money from polluters funds clean-car incentives in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of the many states to offer purchase rebates for new electric cars. Under the recently introduced Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification (DRIVE)... read more February 29, 2016 by


 

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