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When will we see 'tailpipes' on cars as morally wrong? An Earth Day question

When will we see 'tailpipes' on cars as morally wrong? An Earth Day question

Economists call them "externalities." They're the costs of people's actions on other people or communities—though the people taking those actions don't have to pay for those costs, even as they harm others. The emissions from combusting fossil fuels to propel vehicles are clearly a prime... read more

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Beijing smog

Beijing Smog: So Bad That Emergency Plans Ban Half Its Cars Each Day

In the 1970s, gasoline shortages led to the adoption of a temporary odd-even system for fuel purchases in parts of the U.S. On odd-numbered days of the month, only drivers... read more March 31, 2015 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


 
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

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


 
China

China To Ban 6 Million Gross Polluters From Roads In Smog Fight

More-efficient new vehicles and stricter emissions standards can help reduce air pollution, but the effect is limited if older, dirtier cars remain on the road in large... read more May 28, 2014 by


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

What Are The 10 Most Polluted U.S. Cities?

California may be a haven for plug-in electric cars, but it's also home to many of the most-polluted cities in the U.S. Of the 10 most polluted U.S. cities in the American... read more May 1, 2014 by


 
China

China's Electric-Car Future: Government Subsidies, Buyer Resistance

Over the last few years, China has experienced some of the highest city pollution concentrations anywhere on earth--with concentrations of pollutants climbing far past... read more April 7, 2014 by


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

Honda Film: Controlling Air Pollution A 'Never-Ending Race'

The fight to improve air quality may not sound like fodder for a typical Hollywood blockbuster, but Honda has done its best to make the topic exciting. The latest short film... read more February 13, 2014 by


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Cars Are Getting Cleaner, Could Greener Roads Be Next?

It was the terrible smog of cities like Los Angeles in the 1970s that prompted a huge change in the efficiency and pollution controls of automobiles. Today, cars are many... read more July 19, 2013 by 5


 
Beijing smog

Smog-Choked Chinese City Bans Car Sales, Adds Lottery For Permits

China is fast becoming an air quality disaster zone. On several occasions over the past six months, smog levels in major cities have reached hazardous levels, requiring fast... read more June 19, 2013 by 5


 
Beijing Smog by Flickr user michaelhenley

Beijing Adds Pollution Tax To Fuel To Curb Huge Smog Problems

Smog-choked Chinese capital Beijing will be the first city in the country to introduce a new pollution tax. Following months of pollution far above safe levels, major Chinese... read more June 3, 2013 by 5


 
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti  -  a long-term electric-car fan

Garcetti: An EV Fanboy, Now The Mayor-Elect Of Los Angeles

Despite major reductions in air-pollution levels, the Los Angeles basin still has the worst smog problem in the nation. While you might debate over what exactly is the... read more May 28, 2013 by 8


 
Audi Q3 Trans China Tour 2011

China Imposes Much Tougher Fuel-Efficiency Standards On New Cars

China's ongoing and recent air pollution issues are leading to swift rethinking of the country's transport policy. After several months of choking smog engulfing its major... read more March 22, 2013 by 4


 
BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

Despite Pollution, China Still Isn't Committed To Electric Cars

The images have made for grim viewing even if you don't live within the frame: Pictures and details emerging from China earlier this year showed smog on levels not previously... read more March 10, 2013 by 9


 
Beijing Smog by Flickr user michaelhenley

Beijing Says 'Enough!': City To Scrap 180K Polluting Cars

Recent pollution figures in Chinese capital Beijing have made 1970s Los Angeles look like a crisp day in the Rocky Mountains. The city, like Hong Kong last month, has finally... read more January 30, 2013 by 14


 

 
 

 
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