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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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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


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

Final EPA Power-Plant Rules: Far More Impact On Coal States

The completed rules issued this week by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from power plants run 1,560 pages--nighttime reading only for policy wonks. But the agency's final... read more August 7, 2015 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

EPA Issues Final Clean Power Plan Rules; Now The Fight Begins

After much discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its first-ever standards for carbon emissions from power plants. Under the newly-finalized... read more August 4, 2015 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. But--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S... read more July 24, 2015 by


 
Bourgeois Chevrolet, Rawdon, Quebec, Canada   [photo: RoulezElectrique.com]

Would Stressing Personal Risk Of Air Pollution Sell More Electric Cars?

When it comes to electric cars, buyers are often interested in two types of green. The lower environmental impact of a zero-emission vehicle, and the potential to save cash... read more February 6, 2015 by


 
2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

ACEEE Reports On 'Greenest' + 'Meanest' Vehicle Environmental Impacts

When it comes to measuring a car's environmental impact, there's more to consider than just fuel economy. Every year, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy... read more February 5, 2015 by


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

2014 Was A Good Year For Cleaner, Greener, More Efficient Cars

With the year all but wound down, it's an appropriate time to look back and take stock of what's been achieved over the past 12 months. So how did 2014 measure up in terms of... read more December 31, 2014 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

EPA Power Plant Carbon Regulations Late, Hostile Congress Likely To Fight Them

The EPA regulations limiting the amount of carbon that can be emitted by existing powerplants may be the most crucial step forward in environmental policy made by the... read more December 22, 2014 by


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive  -  First Drive, May 2014

Mercedes B-Class Electric Car Cuts Lifetime Carbon Emissions Up To 64 Percent

The environmental impact of plug-in electric cars continues to be the subject of significant discussion and debate among those less familiar with the technology and its... read more December 18, 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


 

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