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Trump EPA: less enforcement of laws, more leeway for polluters

Trump EPA: less enforcement of laws, more leeway for polluters

In grade school, students commonly ran through the halls when teachers or other school staff weren't looking. Signs forbidding the act of sprinting past lockers did little to deter the practice, since there was no incentive not to run unless someone present was enforcing the rule. The same can be... read more

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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


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

Coal in China: huge problem for clean power, climate efforts

Over the past few years, China has made impressive strides in renewable-energy investment. The promotion of renewable energy will only become more important as China works to... read more November 8, 2016 by


 
2016 Renault Clio RS

Could an EU switch to on-road emission tests allow more pollution?

The Volkswagen diesel scandal convinced European regulators to switch from laboratory emissions testing to tests that involve actual, on-road driving. This could prevent... read more November 8, 2016 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Electric cars could save $13 billion in health costs by 2030 in 10 states: study

It's entirely obvious that internal-combustion cars pose a threat not only to the environment, but also to human health. Exhaust from gasoline and diesel cars contributes to... read more October 27, 2016 by


 
Hyundai ix35 (Tucson) Fuel Cell Paris taxi

India, EU ratify Paris climate agreement: takes effect next month

Last December, representatives form 195 countries met in Paris to negotiate an agreement to address climate change on a global scale. Almost a year later, enough countries... read more October 17, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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