I’ve been reading about automotive clean air regulations for nearly a decade now and I still don’t totally understand whether or not cars are punished too harshly for what they do.
Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem. The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days, and close famous streets to vehicular traffic—but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe. Now a much bigger idea is going into…
Nothing is easy. That’s the big takeaway here. Almost every system we encounter is full of unseen complexity. A great example of this is found in a new study that suggests that electric and hybrid vehicles may actually produce as many atmospheric toxins as combustion cars. How can this be, if they produce no exhaust?…
Beijing faces overcrowded roads and pollution that are constantly getting worse. Why? According to city officials, it’s because of ride-sharing services, including Uber.
On January 1st, Delhi enacted a two-week pilot project allowing private cars on the roads only on alternate days in order to reduce pollution. As the experiment comes to a close, the city is still choking on smog.
One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air at an estimated rate of nearly 1,300 metric tons per day for over two months. Experts are calling it the climate version of…
Beijing and Delhi are both planning major initiatives to kick cars off their streets, at least part of the time. Now even cities that aren’t famous for their pollution are taking drastic measures to clean up their air. Today, Milan’s streets are filled with bikes and pedestrians as part of three-day car ban.
Beijing issued its first-ever red alert on Monday. The radical measure means that half the cars in the capital must stay off the streets, outdoor construction must stop, and schools must close. The pollution is simply too dangerous.
Cities have plenty of forageable food available, from plants that grow as weeds to fruit trees and bushes that were either abandoned, or were planted just for looks. But is this food too polluted to eat? Probably not, according to two teams of scientists who have tested it.
Modern cars are vastly cleaner, emission-wise, than they ever have been. I don’t even think they work well for in-garage suicides anymore. There’s still plenty of pollution, though a new study from the University of Toronto has found that 90 percent of automotive pollution is coming from only 25 percent of cars.
Sixty percent vehicles in Paris run on diesel, and the city is struggling to curb emissions—banning half its cars for a day, making public transport and bike shares free for a weekend, and pedestrianizing large swathes of the urban grid. Now, a new proposal by Mayor Anne Hidalgo will cap the speed limit at 30…
The Colosseum in Rome is being cleansed of car exhaust that has built up over decades, ever since Mussolini's ill-advised decision to build a major road nearby.
Air pollution! We've got it on the run in the United States, people. Everyone give yourselves a pat on the back because the Environmental Protection Agency announced that carbon emissions 2012 reached their lowest levels since 1994.
When you spot someone on the side of the road with a camera your normal instinct is to slow down to avoid a speeding ticket. But this fancy new camera developed by researchers at Spain's Universidad Carlos III de Madrid doesn't care how fast you're driving. It's instead designed to spot how much pollution is spewing…
Quick, which is worse for the environment: driving a massive, exhaust-belching diesel-sucking big rig 100 miles or walking down the street in hemp sandals, bamboo shorts and a reclaimed burlap poncho to a locally-owned restaurant, and ordering a grass-fed, locally-farmed angus beef hamburger?
The electric (or even hybrid) car has been heralded as a way to help limit the amount of aerial pollution hitting the skies and our lungs, but a new study out of China has shown that they're actually even worse than regular gas guzzlers.
We all know "euro-spec" BMWs, Volkswagens, Mercedes-Benzes, and Audis from the 70s, 80s, and 90s that came with more power than the imports that came to the States. Why didn't America get any of those awesome cars? It turns out, like always, it's the Germans' fault.
A lecturer at Dublin's Trinity College thinks severely raked rear spoilers increase the amount of airborne pollutants at ground level, while flat ones minimize it. And since your Toyota Corolla's spoiler doesn't do anything, it might as well decrease pollution.
A recent study published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE indicates that people living in polluted areas have a higher chance of contracting heart disease. Here's a news flash: Breathe smog, bad things happen! Ain't proof grand?