British Airways Plans To Turn Garbage Into Jet Fuel

Do you remember at the end of Back to the Future, where Doc Brown tossed a banana peel, some egg shells, and a partially-consumed beer into "Mr. Fusion" to make the DeLorean time machine fly? Now, in the present, British Airways has announced its "GreenSky" project will convert solid waste into jet fuel. » 4/17/14 4:25pm Thursday 4:25pm

How Much Is The Dakar Rally Really Doing Right By The Environment?

The Dakar Rally route crossed the high-altitude salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia for the first time this year, making some new enemies who are concerned about event's collateral damage to a fragile ecosystem. Yet Dakar organizers maintain that their initiatives do more than enough to offset the impact of the race. » 1/23/14 12:33pm 1/23/14 12:33pm

What would 25-feet of sea-level rise look like IRL?

People talk a lot these days about rising seas. They talk figures in feet and inches. They make maps, and forecast which stretches of America's coastline will be inundated in 25, 50, or 100 years. But we're visual creatures, and visual creatures want to know: what might this projected sea level rise actually look like? » 4/11/13 10:21am 4/11/13 10:21am

Surprise! 'Cash For Clunkers' Was Really Bad For The Environment

Remember "Cash for Clunkers," that program implemented in 2009 where the federal government was giving people money to buy shiny, fuel-efficient new cars if they traded in their old gas-guzzling clunkers? It was supposed to be a win-win situation for both the environment and America's struggling economy. » 1/06/13 1:00pm 1/06/13 1:00pm

Electric Vehicles Can Be Twice As Bad For Global Warming So Stop Being …

At a glance, the environmental benefits to electric vehicles seem obvious. No exhaust pipe means no harmful pollutants, right? Well, wrong, of course. It's well known that where the electricity comes from to power the car is a huge factor, and the manufacturing of electric cars is more environmentally taxing than… » 10/05/12 2:30pm 10/05/12 2:30pm

REPORT: Obama To Allow California To Set Auto Emissions Standards

President Obama plans to remove federal opposition to statewide automobile emissions standards today, allowing California and other states to regulate emissions above-and-beyond federal guidelines and possibly putting political expediency above good public policy. » 1/26/09 7:30am 1/26/09 7:30am

Tazzari Zero Electric Car Recharges In 45 Minutes, Offers 93-Mile Range

New Italian company Tazzari aims to address one of the key shortcomings of electric cars — recharge time — by offering a vehicle capable of taking a full charge in just 45 minutes. Tazzari hasn’t clarified what kind of outlet is required for this compressed recharge time, but as it’s an Italian company, we’ll assume at … » 10/07/08 10:40am 10/07/08 10:40am

California Continues Its War On Vitamin Pb: Lead Wheel Weights To Be…

First they came for the lead in your paint. Then they came for the lead in your gasoline. Then birdshot. Now, following the European Union's ban in 2005, lead wheel weights are to be phased out in California, thanks to a lawsuit by the Oakland-based Center For Environmental Health » 8/21/08 8:00am 8/21/08 8:00am. It's like these do-gooders think or …

Two European Automakers Meet Decade's "Voluntary" CO2 Targets; Success!

Only two companies achieved the voluntary average CO2 target of 140 g/km that European automakers set for themselves in the late 1990's to avoid actual government sanctions. Fiat and Mini were the big winners with emissions of 138.2 and 139.6 g/km, respectively. The worst offenders were Porsche (275.6 g/km), Land Rover … » 7/15/08 1:20pm 7/15/08 1:20pm

Official Car Pundit Drinking Game: Early In The Morning Edition

I'll be on NPR's The Bryant Park Project tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM talking about whether Japanese automakers create more environmentally friendly cars than American automakers. My answer will be a resounding no. Feel free to play along with some early morning shots of mimosa and some new rules in the comments below.… » 6/10/08 10:25pm 6/10/08 10:25pm

Biofuel Comparison Chart Highlights Hypocrisy

The problem with the green movement isn't its goal of conservation — that's admirable — it's the gullibility many of its proponents suffer from and which big companies and governments are able to exploit to sell them on far-from-friendly products and policies. Take biofuel for instance. Many of its sources use more… » 5/14/08 11:00am 5/14/08 11:00am

Carbon-Capturing Car To Eliminate Emissions, Maybe

Rather than focusing vehicle-development and alternative-energy resources on finding different kinds of fuel, students and researchers at Georgia Tech are taking a couple steps back and looking at the emissions problem. The project currently being worked on involves a car that still operates on standard liquid fuels,… » 2/15/08 2:45pm 2/15/08 2:45pm

Ford To Add EcoBoost Turbocharging and Direct Injection To 500,000…

If you've been wondering what Ford's big plans were for dealing with the new energy bill and higher CAFE standards and guessed hybrids or electric cars &mdash you were wrong. Ford's big plan is to add turbocharging and direct injection to 500,000 vehicles, starting with the 2009 Lincoln MKS. Ford claims this technology… » 1/08/08 3:03pm 1/08/08 3:03pm

Ford's Tests Out Eco-Friendly Paint on U-Haul Vans

Proving that saving the environment isn't all about mating electric motors to gas engines, Ford has been working on reforming the painting process to find ways to lessen our impact on our world. If you don't believe that painting trucks creates an environmental hazard, check out the paint shop at your local transit… » 12/27/07 5:00pm 12/27/07 5:00pm

EU Outlines New Environmental Restrictions, Disappoints Ze Germans and …

The European Commission announced their energy bill today, which will require carmakers to reduce the CO2 emissions of new automobiles by approximately 20% to 120 grams per kilometer (30 fingers per ounce, we think) by 2012. Within the EU cars account for 12% of all carbon emissions. On one side, environmental groups… » 12/19/07 2:15pm 12/19/07 2:15pm