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  • Coal power plant in China

    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 with an aggressive plan to slash pollution from energy producers. China, currently the top carbon emitter and largest consumer of coal in the world, is moving to implement a cap-and-trade program that will establish a nationwide carbon market in the country. Once in place, it will be the largest such market ever created—even though its scope is initially limited to power plants. DON'T MISS: China happy to become...

  • 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 the diesel emissions scandal that cost it over $25 billion, Volkswagen is extending an incentive program aimed at owners of...

  • 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 effects of higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is, if anything, getting worse. A recent analysis of...

  • 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 them. And aside from a handful of differences—daytime running lights, speedometers marked in km/h—Canadian-market...

  • 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 the title of a comedy from half a century ago ... The Chinese Are Coming. That's the assertion made by old China hand Michael...

  • 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 mandate, it seems regulators have reached equilibrium. The latest skirmish in the long-running battle over the U.S. renewable-fuel...

  • President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy DoD)

    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 said for industrial polluters and environmental-law enforcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump. DON'T MISS: EPA head: new report that climate change is manmade has 'no bearing' on plans to end climate action As the Trump administration abolishes dozens of...

  • 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 highs, according to the Global Carbon Project. It's due largely to China burning more coal than it has in previous years. CHECK...

  • 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, who sued the EPA 14 times on behalf of fossil-fuel interests during the Obama administration, has a radically different view of...

  • 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 administrator Scott Pruitt is aggressively muzzling and removing scientists, eradicating climate-science from its activities...

  • EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
    EPA head: new report that climate change is manmade has 'no bearing' on plans to end climate action

    When top U.S. scientists released the fourth National Climate Assessment, it spelled out one blunt conclusion: human activity in releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere caused the climate change that has warmed the globe. Mandated for release every four years, the report will apparently have...

  • Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
    EU to slash vehicle carbon emissions one third more from 2021 through 2030

    Europe already has tough standards for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions in current and future vehicles. Now they're going to get significantly tougher between 2021 and 2030. At its weekly cabinet meeting, held Wednesday, the European Union formally adopted far more stringent requirements for...

  • Global carbon dioxide emissions, 1850-2030 [CO2 Information Analysis Center, World Energy Outlook]

    When the Environmental Protection Agency quietly issued its new four-year plan in mid-October, the phrase "climate change" did not appear anywhere in the 38-page document. It is now clear the Trump Administration intends to delay, halt, or erase government efforts to limit U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the global-warming gas that is the main cause of climate change. On Friday, a broad team of climate scientists released the fourth National Climate Assessment—and it clearly, bluntly underscored the scientific consensus: humans have caused that change. DON'T MISS: Climate change...

  • Mercedes BlueEfficiency four-cylinder diesel
    Those fuel-efficient diesels? Actually worse on lifetime CO2, study says

    Diesel-powered cars have enjoyed a comfortable market share in Europe for decades, but their decline in popularity continues following numerous diesel-emission cheating scandals and regulatory crackdowns. As if diesel cars hadn't already had enough negative press, a new study says "fuel-efficient"...

  • Bugatti Chiron Scale Engine and Gearbox
    When will U.S. ban sales of new cars with engines? Poll results

    Presuming China sticks to its statement that it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines in some future year, the auto industry is facing a very different future than it was a year ago. Similar bans from Norway, The Netherlands, France, and the U.K. all represented smaller markets...

  • W116 Mercedes-Benz S Class (1972 to 1980)
    European bans on vehicles with engines should exempt collector cars: study

    Numerous European countries have rolled out target years in which they plan to ban the sale of new cars powered by internal-combustion engines. At the same time, many European cities have introduced car-free zones in highly congested or polluted areas—which has led to worries that...

  • 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 another rule limiting emissions. Next on the chopping block is a regulation that limits emissions from large trucks and their...

  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands [Image: Flickr user _dChris]
    Sales of cars with engines proposed to end in The Netherlands by 2030

    European countries continue to assess more aggressive policies that favor or mandate zero-emission vehicles to move away from fossil fuels for transportation. Last year, a recommendation passed by the Dutch senate proposed The Netherlands join Norway in banning the sale of new cars powered solely...

  • Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

    France followed two other European countries—Norway and the Netherlands—with a plan to ban the sale of new cars powered by gasoline and diesel by 2040. While the country will stick to the 2040 timeline, France's capital city of Paris announced a more aggressive timeline. Ten years ahead of the country as a whole, Paris will phase out cars powered by internal combustion engines by 2030. DON'T MISS: France plans to ban all gasoline, diesel vehicles by 2040 The aggressive timeline follows a host of additional measures Paris has taken to curb emissions and greenhouse gas production...

  • Toyota 'Project Portal' proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi tractor, for Port of LA
    Toyota to study Mirai-derived fuel-cell tech for heavy-duty trucks

    Toyota announced on Thursday that it will begin testing in two California ports a hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty truck adapted from the Toyota Mirai's powertrain for drayage use. Initially, Toyota is looking at how it can use hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicles to significantly reduce vehicle...

  • Coal trains by Flickr user Kimon Berlin (Used under CC License)
    EPA to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas policies on coal power plants

    EPA head Scott Pruitt told miners in Kentucky on Monday that he intends to begin dismantling former President Barack Obama's signature climate-change agenda effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal power plants. Standing alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pruitt told...

  • California state capitol, Sacramento
    Bill could ban gasoline-car sales in California by 2040

    California, long a leader in emission reduction and electric-car incentives, may be ready to take the next big step: a full ban on the sale of new cars powered by gasoline or diesel. Such a ban would follow India, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Norway, and others around the world with...

  • Chrome exhaust pipe
    Comment period ends tomorrow on EPA proposal to loosen emission limits on cars

    The period for public comments on the EPA's proposed reconsideration of finalized rules to cut emissions of the climate-change gas carbon dioxide from light-duty vehicles will end on Thursday, October 5. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on August 10 it would reopen the Comment...

  • Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York
    Coming this week: Trump EPA's plan to neuter Clean Power Plan

    Donald Trump's White House appears to be readying another of its next big climate change overhauls, and like many of the administration's plans, it will weaken or eliminate regulations on industry. Specifically, President Trump touted the undoing of the Clean Power Plan at a rally in Huntsville...

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