air pollution

 
California OKs more than half a billion dollars to clean up freight trucks, trains, buses

California OKs more than half a billion dollars to clean up freight trucks, trains, buses

California is using the growing sums of money it receives from its emission cap-and-trade auction for good, including to tackle up some of the state's most egregious transportation polluters. In mid-December, California announced it would invest $663 million in a plan to clean up particularly dirty... read more

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Semi trailer

EPA to axe rule banning older, dirtier diesel engines in new trucks: report

The EPA recently announced it will roll back the Clean Power Plan, one of former President Obama's milestone efforts to fight climate change, and now the agency plans to axe... read more October 26, 2017 by


 
BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

China wants all electric cars: will it work? Reasons and reactions

It was quaint and adorable when Norway did it, saying it would end sales of cars with internal-combustion engines by 2025. The Netherlands followed suit, with little fanfare... read more September 19, 2017 by


 
Natural gas flaring from oil well [licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr user Sirdle]

EPA science advisers axed; execs from regulated industries to replace them (updated)

While much of the nation's capital is preoccupied with the unpredictable Trump administration and its possible ties to Russia, the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency... read more May 10, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

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... read more April 22, 2017 by


 
Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

London's $27 entry charge for pre-2016 diesel cars to start April 2019

For more than 13 years, London has collected a stiff charge from motor vehicles entering the congested core of the city during weekday business hours. Known as the congestion... read more April 4, 2017 by


 
BMW M3 M Performance exhaust

EPA's internal watchdog to check vulnerability to emission cheating

Even with a new leader apparently at odds with its mission, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to function on some level. On Thursday, EPA administrator Scott... read more March 10, 2017 by


 
Bill Nye in new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Jan 2017 [photo: Oskar Liners, Community Chevrolet, Burbank]

Trump's EPA deletes 'science' from Science Office mission statement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as one of the government entities most targeted by the new Trump Administration for change. In this case, if reports of... read more March 8, 2017 by


 
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

VW diesel cheating produced 1,200 premature deaths: MIT study

In September 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed Volkswagen's use of illegal "defeat device" software in its diesel cars. The software routines allowed... read more March 8, 2017 by


 
Smog obscures George Washington Bridge, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]

Photos reveal how polluted the U.S. was before EPA was founded

It can be argued that the current presidential administration appears to lack interest in the traditional mission of the Environmental Protection Agency. As a candidate... read more March 3, 2017 by


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

Coal industry hopes to don disguise as clean-power player via carbon capture

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to "bring back coal" as part of a larger program to encourage greater production of fossil fuels. But the coal industry... read more March 1, 2017 by


 
Beijing smog

China axes 103 coal-fired power plants, citing smog, overcapacity

During negotiations for the Paris Climate Treaty signed last fall, a major concern among critics was whether the carbon emissions of China's sprawling and inefficient energy... read more January 23, 2017 by


 
Coal-fired Nanticoke Generating Station, Ontario, Canada, now being converted to 44-MW solar farm

Global carbon emissions have been flat for three years now

Global efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions may be starting to pay off, suggests a recent study. Last month, scientists released an assessment that suggests global... read more December 13, 2016 by


 
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


 
Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)

Mayors of 4 capital cities to ban all diesel vehicles by 2025

Even before the Volkswagen diesel scandal, diesel passenger cars were never popular in the U.S. But in other parts of the world—especially Europe—diesels have... read more December 2, 2016 by


 
Beijing smog

How China's horrific air quality magically turns cleaner: cotton

China is known for having some of the most polluted air in the world. But officials in one Chinese city found a way to at least make that air appear cleaner, for awhile. Like... read more November 9, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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