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  • Hamburg (Image: Flickr user LuxTonnerre, used under CC license)

    Urban centers are very different in the U.S. to those in Europe, its more recent history and greater expanses of space allowing wide, open and sprawling spaces to develop--a far cry from the older and more tightly-packed cities of Europe. It's this difference that makes cities free of cars a much more realistic prospect in Europe than it is in the U.S. So realistic is it that the city of Hamburg in Germany is drawing up plans to eliminate cars from its center in just 20 years--joining together green spaces and public places with bicycle routes and pedestrian pathways. MUST READ: Should GM Buy...

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    150 Years Of Carbon Emissions Can Be Traced To 90 Companies: Report

    Industrialization has given the world some of its greatest inventions and unequivocally improved our lives, but it's also played a part in one of today's most pressing issues: man-made climate change. The Union of Concerned Scientists cites a paper by Richard Heede, Tracing anthropogenic carbon...

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    U.S. Will Help China Draft Emission Standards, White House Says

    The U.S. will provide technical assistance for China's next round of emissions standards.

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    Beijing Slashes Car Sales Quota By 40 Percent To Tackle Air Pollution

    Beijing will attempt to fight pollution by restricting new car sales.

  • Tel Aviv, Israel, free of traffic during Yom Kippur holiday [photo: Brian of London]
    Surprise: Take Cars Off Roads, Air Gets Much, Much Clearer

    It stands to reason: Take all vehicles off the roads, and the air will get cleaner. But now we can answer the question, "How much?" And it turns out that the answer is, "A lot." In a new paper, A national day with near zero emissions and its effect on primary and secondary pollutants, published in...

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    China Takes Air Pollution More Seriously: $280 Billion Worth, Supposedly

    We cover China's air pollution problems with depressing frequency on Green Car Reports, but the country's pollution problems have until now been far more than token schemes are able to deal with. That could change over the next few years, as the Chinese government pledges to invest $283 billion to...

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

    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 orders of magnitude cleaner than their counterparts from previous decades. But what if our roads could help further? No, not by reducing congestion (though that would be nice), but by swallowing up the pollutants pumped out by cars. The sidewalks in one Dutch neighborhood are doing just that. The Los Angeles Times reports that scientists at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have discovered a way of...

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    Renault Study Shows Electric Cars Far Greener Than Gasoline--In France

    With relatively few electric vehicles on the market, drawing direct comparisons with regular gasoline and diesel vehicles is surprisingly difficult--not many vehicles are sold with all three drivetrains. The Ford Focus is one, and Renault's Fluence sedan is another. Now, reports Autoblog Green, the...

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    Colorado Dealers Target State's Worst-Polluting Cars For Buybacks

    Last year, we reported on a scheme aimed at helping Colorado car owners get their dirtiest vehicles off the road. The Clear the Air Foundation and ReForest Colorado aimed to plant a tree for every polluting old vehicle donated--cleaning up the air in more ways than one. The scheme is now doing...

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    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 action and dramatic changes from policymakers. The latest can be found in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of the...

  • 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 cities have scrabbled to find a solution for improving air quality. Gasgoo reports Beijing will introduce a new tax this...

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    Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?

    Does the supposedly clean, green Tesla Model S really pollute more than a gas-guzzling Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle? That's what one analyst has claimed. In an exhaustive 6,500-word article on the financial website Seeking Alpha, analyst Nathan Weiss lays out a case that the Model S...

  • BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

    It might not be going on sale to U.S. consumers, but the BYD e6 will eventually appear in the U.S. in commercial fleets--perhaps to a taxi stand near you. Taxi duties seem to be the e6's true calling, and it's already operating in China in just such a role. Now it's going on duty in Hong Kong too, where pollution dogs the city's streets and the government is placing increased emphasis on cleaner, greener vehicles. The city announced plans late last year to curb pollution, with commercial vehicles in particular--unhindered by modern pollution standards--to blame for the city's choking smog...

  • Southern California traffic - by flickr user David R. Blume
    Auto Exhaust Contributes To Clogged Arteries, Study Finds

    You learn something new every day: Cholesterol, a little like bacteria, comes in body "good" and "bad" forms. All those low-cholesterol spread adverts have been lying to us! What's more worrying is that good cholesterol can change into bad cholesterol, and it could be car exhaust fumes that make it...

  • Clean Cities National Parks Initiative infographic (Image: U.S. DoE)
    Clean Fuels In Beautiful Places: U.S. Parks Service Goes Even Greener

    For those readers living in one of America's big cities, concrete jungles strewn across the North American landscape, it's easy to forget that hundreds of thousands of acres are set aside in some states as National Parks. Isolated from the bustle of busy cities they're idyllic spots, precious for...

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    EPA Moves To Cut Sulfur In Gasoline, Reducing Emissions Further

    "Cleaner cars need cleaner fuels"--that's the message from a group of automakers in support of new EPA rules to clean up gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency will today move ahead with rules requiring cleaner gasoline nationwide, with huge potential environmental benefits. According to a...

  • Southern California traffic - by flickr user David R. Blume
    Confirmed: Traffic Pollution Can Cause Asthma In Kids (Not Just Trigger It)

    It's long been suspected, but a new European survey confirms it: Children living near areas of heavy traffic are more at risk of asthma. Previously, it was thought that pollution from traffic might only be a trigger for the condition, but the Los Angeles Times reports on a European study that it...

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    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 cities, the country has finally imposed strict fuel economy standards in a bid to cut fuel use--and pollution. Reuters reports...

  • BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

    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 recorded. Streets were choked and people were strongly advised to stay indoors, and avoid any sort of activity that might see you breathing in greater quantities of the dirty air. And yet, despite scenes such as these, that greenest of transport options, the electric car, is faring particularly poorly in China. According to China Daily, the country's Association of Automobile Manufacturers said only 3,000 electric...

  • 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 decided to take action, and the city's acting mayor is set to scrap 180,000 old vehicles from the roads. Additionally...

  • Smog in Hong Kong [Image by Flickr user inkelv1122]
    Hong Kong, Choked By Smog, Bans Most Polluting Vehicles

    Choked by smog, the city of Hong Kong has finally cried "enough!" Despite setting clean air targets, the city's smog problems have been increasing every year, and authorities have finally brought in measures to ban the highest-polluting vehicles. According to Bloomberg (via Treehugger), that...

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    France To Ban Classic Cars From Capital To Clean The Air

    For some, the image of a classic Citroën DS passing along the Champs-Élysées couldn't be much more French if a man in a stripy top and beret walked past swinging a chain of onions. But soon, that image could be shattered as Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe is set to introduce plans...

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    Alcoa Building-Exterior Panels 'Eat' Smog From (A Few) Cars

    Pittsburgh-based aluminum giant Alcoa has developed a new coating for its aluminum building panels that passively sucks in airborne pollutants and transforms them into harmless substances. Appropriately enough, the new panels are getting one of their first commercial tryouts at a new regional...

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    Coloradans: Donate An Old Polluting Car, Get A Tree Planted

    While it's not quite the 2009 Cash for Clunkers program, it's a nice gesture with a clear mission: get the most polluting cars off Colorado roads. If you're a Coloradan who owns a pre-1990 car, donate it to the Clear the Air Foundation and the ReForest Colorado program will plant a tree in an area...

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