U.S. Drops Bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Whoopsies. A Navy exercise went terribly wrong last week when American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs onto Australia's Great Barrier Reef. » 7/21/13 1:10pm 7/21/13 1:10pm

Denis Leary Wants To Create Biggest Carbon Footprint Possible

Comedian Denis Leary's always been controversial, but now he's sticking his finger in Hollywood's eco-friendly eye, claiming he needs trucks and his goal is to leave Earth with the biggest carbon footprint he possibly can. » 3/24/09 12:30pm 3/24/09 12:30pm

Volvo Hybrid Garbage Truck Proves Hybrids Can't Clean Everything

What's the best thing about garbage trucks? They're loud. At least that's what you think when you're seven. But once you grow into your big-boy pants, that monstrosity slowly lumbering down your street, waking you up at 5AM every Tuesday, gets to be just a tad annoying after a while. Well, now Volvo has a solution, a… » 4/09/08 11:20am 4/09/08 11:20am

Renault Asks Why Only Movie Stars Get Ecological Cars

Here's another creative ad from Renault that's just as the funny Renault Megane GT commercial, though with less big-bottomed girls on bikes. It involves talking leaves, dancing stars and one bewildered Production Assistant named Willy. Is this what a car commercial directed by Luis Bunuel would look like? Even better,… » 3/25/08 10:30am 3/25/08 10:30am

James May: Green Cars Will Save Us!

We've all heard Jeremy Clarkson's foaming-at-mouth diatribes against everything that smacks of vehicular enviro-verdo-communism, and we get the sense that his coworker James May probably falls somewhere to the right of that stance, though he expresses it in a somewhat less bombastic manner. Yes indeed, we figured Mr.… » 9/25/07 9:45am 9/25/07 9:45am

Is Driving Greener than Walking?

Let's get this straight. Exercising like a meth-addicted Richard Simmons and then stuffing your face like Cookie Jarvis is none too good for the global atmosphere. "Eating less and driving to save energy would be better," environmentalist Chris Goodall told the Times. His reasoning — sure to please couch potatoes… » 8/06/07 2:15pm 8/06/07 2:15pm

Welsh Device Huffs Tailpipe CO2 To Feed Biodiesel-Making Algae

The idea of a little box that can capture most of the carbon dioxide in a car's exhaust and hold it in an easily-extracted inert state sounds plenty appealing, and the Greenbox claims to do just that. Sure, there's a hint of cold-fusion-style nutcasery about it (coal-burning power plants have a helluva time grabbing… » 7/23/07 3:40pm 7/23/07 3:40pm

Swedes Torn Between Burly Cars, Cool Earth

Swedes have long been accustomed to packing their berserker physiques and cases of aquavit into bulky, gas-swilling Volvo wagons and equally thirsty hot-rod Saabs when they hit the Scandinavian road, but that may have to change, according to this article in the Gray Lady. The rest of Yurp is getting all… » 7/06/07 3:30pm 7/06/07 3:30pm

Bloomberg To NYC Drivers: Drop Dead

Since London and New York City are so damn interconnected, it was only a matter of time before London's idea of charging drivers to enter the city's core would spread to NYC's overlords. Now that time has come; Mayor Bloomberg has proclaimed that it's time to "... face up to the fact that our population growth is… » 4/23/07 8:30am 4/23/07 8:30am

Go, Go, Mister Show! Group Wants to Shut Down Chicago Auto Show

Guess we'd better make other plans for this week, lest we run afoul of one pro-bicycle group that aims to shut down the Chicago auto show. The group, AutoShowShutdown.org recently launched a web parody of the Chicago show's site, on which they provided counterpoint to the show site's content. The group even rebuffed… » 2/05/07 10:49am 2/05/07 10:49am

Hackers Notebook: The SUV Rampage Makes No Sense

Now we've all seen the tide turn, smashing the SUV against the rocks like a third-world fishing boat. If you drive one in Europe, you may as well have set off a dirty bomb in a schoolyard - such is the naked aggression towards the forest-burning, baby-seal-clubbing chariots of death. » 9/19/06 1:00pm 9/19/06 1:00pm