climate change

 
This one 11-year-old chart explains the problem with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

This one 11-year-old chart explains the problem with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

Today, there are roughly 750,000 plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads and about 3,800 powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Proponents of each type of vehicle argue strenuously that their powertrain is a better way to produce vehicles with zero emissions from the tailpipe. Electric cars can be charged... read more

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ExxonMobil oil refinery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by WClarke [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Exxon and climate change: two lawsuits, in opposite directions, on same grounds

One of the world's largest oil producers is about to enter a tit-for-tat battle over climate change with government officials from multiple states. New York, Massachusetts... read more January 26, 2018 by


 
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class stalls in Maryland flash flood

Earth continues to warm fast; is climate change lost in political turmoil?

Mother Nature doesn't pay attention to politics. As a pair of articles in The Washington Post last week highlighted, climate change proceeds apace regardless of the daily... read more January 25, 2018 by


 
Achates 2.7-liter opposed-piston gasoline compression-igntion engine in Ford F-150 test pickup truck

More efficient gas engines as well as electric cars required to cut carbon emissions

As nations, automakers, and utilities contemplate how to tackle climate change in real terms, a perfect storm of competition is brewing that will—ideally—produce... read more January 23, 2018 by


 
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at Crevier BMW, Santa Ana, California, Dec 2017

Number of electric cars California needs to cut 2030 emissions unclear: 4 million or 7 million?

One of California's largest electricity producers recently published a white paper that analyzed how the state will achieve its 2030 greenhouse-gas targets—and it... read more January 19, 2018 by


 
Gas pump

CAFE proposal coming March 30: automakers hope national rules survive

It's been hanging out there in limbo for more than six months: the answer to the question of what happens to gas-mileage rules under Trump. Given the daily political turmoil... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
French President Emmanuel Macron

Troll of the month: France gives grants to US climate scientists imperiled by Trump

It's a high-level troll, and an expert one. French president Emmanuel Macron announced in December that his country would offer grants totaling $70 million to 18 climate... read more January 11, 2018 by


 
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How optimistic are you on efforts to address climate-change impacts? Twitter poll results

It remains entirely unclear if the world as a whole will be able to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide fast enough to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees C over... read more January 10, 2018 by


 
Electric-car rally in Geiranger, Norway [Image: Norsk elbilforening via Flickr]

Half of all new cars sold in Norway last year are electric or hybrid, as diesel ebbs fast

Norway was one of the earliest nations to set a coherent and broad-based national plan to cut its carbon emissions, and then stick to it. For road transport, it plans to... read more January 8, 2018 by


 
Self-dimming streetlights in Hole, Norway

How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

As children, we're all taught to turn off the lights behind us as we leave an empty room. But it seems Norwegians have taken that lesson one step further. Along a 5.5-mile... read more January 7, 2018 by


 
Flooded car in parking lot. Photo via Flickr user waitscm/CC2.0

Are you optimistic about efforts to address climate change? Take our Twitter poll

Ten years ago, energy security may have been as much a driving force behind electric cars for U.S. policymakers as climate change. Now, with continuous growth in domestic oil... read more January 5, 2018 by


 
California state capitol, Sacramento

California bill to ban new fossil-fueled car sales by 2040 introduced

A California lawmaker has submitted a bill that will ban the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles in the state starting in 2040. Assemblymember Phil Ting, a Democrat... read more January 5, 2018 by


 
2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet, First Drive

Is 'Drawdown' the climate-change action map the world needs?

We often speak of methods and technologies we can employ as a society to curb climate change, either by reducing carbon emissions or through other means. But less frequently... read more January 4, 2018 by


 
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

What topic should we have covered less in 2017? Twitter poll results

Over the nine years this site has published daily news about green cars, the focus of our coverage has shifted significantly. In February 2009, when we started daily... read more January 4, 2018 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Fossil fuels only part of human carbon emissions; land use, deforestation matter too

In discussions of climate change, much of the focus has been on the combustion of fossil fuels: coal, oil and its gasoline and diesel-fuel derivatives, and natural gas... read more January 3, 2018 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

2017's most important green car story: internal-combustion engine ban in China

The most important green-car story of 2017 came on September 10, in a report by the Associated Press that covered articles in two Chinese state media outlets on a statement... read more December 31, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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