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Second Honda dealership achieves grid-neutral status

Second Honda dealership achieves grid-neutral status

If you're planning on buying a green car, have you ever wondered if you'll be making the purchase at a green dealership? As cars get more efficient, the carbon emissions related to the infrastructure for manufacturing and selling them should be considered as well. Honda has made some efforts in... read more

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Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

5 African nations push for cleaner diesel fuel from European suppliers

African nations have a very specific problem when it comes to dealing with emissions from diesel vehicles. Because of lax emissions standards, traders import fuel to these... read more December 9, 2016 by


 
Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, 2014

Trump's EPA head Pruitt: climate-science denier who sued the EPA many times

If there were any doubt that president-elect Donald Trump supports fossil fuels and does not believe in the scientific consensus of climate change, his pick to head the U.S... read more December 8, 2016 by


 
Offshore Oil Rig

Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little regulation, global traders

All countries have to deal with emissions from diesel vehicles, but African nations have it worse than most. They often have few emissions regulations, something Swiss... read more September 19, 2016 by


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

U.S. states agreed to keep Exxon climate-deception probe secret: here's why

As far back as the 1970s, Exxon conducted research that confirmed the occurrence of climate change—and that burning fossil fuels is a major contributor to it. But the... read more August 14, 2016 by


 
2014 Peterbilt 579

Diesel lobby group slams VW mitigation plan, says it will miss clean-air targets

The preliminary Volkswagen diesel settlement includes not only provisions for buybacks and vehicle modifications, but also funding for mitigation of the environmental damage... read more August 9, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

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... read more July 5, 2016 by


 
Nissan prototype 60-kWh battery pack  -  Nissan Technical Center, October 2015

Making electric-car battery cell anodes more sustainably

With no tailpipe emissions, electric cars have a clear advantage over their gasoline and diesel counterparts when it comes to carbon emissions. Studies have found that even... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
NASA's famous 'Blue marble' image of Earth (Wikimedia commons)

Effects Of Climate Change Could Last 10,000 Years Or More: Scientists

Compared to the lifespan of Planet Earth, human beings have burned fossil fuels for only an extremely brief period of time. But science has shown that continuing to do so on... read more February 11, 2016 by


 
2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

ACEEE Names 'Greenest' And 'Meanest' 2016 Cars

Measuring the energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of different vehicles is easy if they're powered by gasoline, less so when the energy comes from grid... read more January 27, 2016 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Budget Bill Cuts EPA Funding, But Keeps Clean Power Plan Intact

Late last week, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September. The negotiations lasted until... read more December 21, 2015 by


 
2013 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (European model), 2012 Paris Motor Show

U.S. Emission Tests Are Unrealistic, But European Testing Is Far Worse

The ongoing Volkswagen diesel-emissions scandal has, to say the least, exposed weaknesses in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing regime. VW was able to get... read more October 26, 2015 by


 
Indian traffic [Image: Flickr user Peter Eich]

First China, Now India, Commit To Reducing Carbon Emission Rates

Climate change is a hotly-debated political issue in the United States, but truly addressing it will require an even bigger consensus. The world's nations will meet in Paris... read more October 11, 2015 by


 
2015 BMW i3

Which Is Best Use Of Electric Cars: Eliminating Some Gas, Or Saving Lots Of It?

Electric-car friendly policies like tax incentives and zero-emission vehicle mandates are meant to put as many plug-in cars on the road as possible. Policymakers hope that by... read more September 27, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford Focus Electric

Electric Cars Cut Greenhouse Gases, Energy Use: New EPRI-NRDC Study

Electric cars charged on the grid generally have a lower carbon footprint than internal-combustion vehicles--and their wells-to-wheels carbon emissions only shrink as more... read more September 23, 2015 by


 
2013 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Driver To Plant Trees In 48 States On Cross-Country Trip

Despite its name, National Drive Electric Week is actually an international awareness event for plug-in electric cars. And in concert with this year's event, one driver is... read more August 26, 2015 by


 

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