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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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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


 
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


 
2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China

China is serious on fuel economy: 500-plus models to go out of production

China has taken a major step toward cleaning up the new cars sold in the country beginning January 1. As numerous countries debate plans to end sales of fossil-fuel vehicles... read more January 2, 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


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

Trump Administration on climate change: denial, confrontation, some cooperation

Just one year into the Trump administration, numerous high-level government officials have denied, downplayed, and eliminated government mentions of climate change and its... read more December 29, 2017 by


 
Coal power plant in China

China's aggressive plan to counter climate change leaves US government in the dust

As the Trump administration abandons numerous U.S. efforts to rein in emissions of the climate-change gas carbon dioxide over time, another large polluter is pushing ahead... read more December 22, 2017 by


 
Volkswagen TDI diesel cars stored at Pontiac Silverdome (Photo by Jalopnik)

VW extends dirty-diesel bonus in Germany; 8 percent traded for new electric car

A scrappage scheme in Germany launched by Volkswagen to take the dirtiest diesels off the road has been extended beyond its planned end date of this month. Two years after... read more December 20, 2017 by


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

Most-accurate climate-change models suggest worst effects on global weather

The denial of accepted climate science by the Trump Administration has now put the U.S. at odds with essentially every other nation in the world. Meanwhile, the news on the... read more December 20, 2017 by


 
Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) on a Peugeot 308

Preventing the next Dieselgate: EU can now oversee, overrule new-car approval by member countries

With the exception of California's longstanding ability to set its own tougher emission standards, any car legal to sell in one state of the U.S. is legal to sell in all of... read more December 15, 2017 by


 
2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China

Why China will beat U.S. in electric-car battle: urgency, regulations

As the electric-vehicle market matures and more global automakers commit to building battery-powered cars, one driving force has emerged to lead the pack. With apologies to... read more December 14, 2017 by


 
Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Renewable-fuel mandate ruling leaves no one happy: the best compromise?

As they say, the best compromise is usually the one that leaves all parties equally dissatisfied. When it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable-fuel... read more December 13, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

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... read more December 13, 2017 by


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

Global carbon emissions to rise after staying flat for three years: report

Here’s some not-good news: After three years of minimal growth, global emissions of carbon dioxide are on the rise. So much so that we’re looking at new record... read more December 7, 2017 by


 
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]

EPA chief Scott Pruitt: 'environmentalism' is use rather than preservation

EPA head Scott Pruitt will likely go down as one of the most controversial agency chiefs in that agency's history of almost 50 years. The former Oklahoma attorney general... read more November 22, 2017 by


 
Site of new California Air Resources Board headquarters, Riverside, CA, Oct 2017

CARB steps up shadow-EPA role with new building, vehicle testing lab

For 45 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with protecting the U.S. from pollution in its air, water, and land. Under the Trump Administration, its... read more November 16, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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