What Will Happen When All Paris Traffic Slows To 19 Miles Per Hour?

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… » 5/27/14 7:12pm 5/27/14 7:12pm

Scraping Decades of Grime, Car Exhaust, and Mold Off Rome's Colosseum

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. » 12/28/13 3:13pm 12/28/13 3:13pm

U.S. Carbon Emissions Are At Their Lowest Level In 20 Years

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. » 10/22/13 9:48am 10/22/13 9:48am

This Traffic Camera Spots Heavy Polluters, Not Speeders

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… » 9/18/13 3:15pm 9/18/13 3:15pm

One Charbroiled Burger Pollutes As Much As An 18-Wheeler Driving 143…

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? » 9/19/12 4:00pm 9/19/12 4:00pm

Could Electric Cars Cause Worse Pollution Than A Gas Guzzler?

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. » 2/17/12 10:30am 2/17/12 10:30am

How German oil companies stopped the U.S. from getting awesome European…

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. » 10/13/11 4:00pm 10/13/11 4:00pm

Unnecessary spoilers concentrate pollution as well as posers

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. » 3/29/11 3:00pm 3/29/11 3:00pm

Study Finds Traffic Pollution Can Harden Your Arteries

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? » 2/18/10 4:00pm 2/18/10 4:00pm

Discovery Channel Doesn't Care About Car People

The Discovery Channel's Planet Green seems to hate cars, maligning our favorite mode of transportation as "wrecking our culture." We say their arguments are a crock of crap. » 12/24/09 2:40pm 12/24/09 2:40pm

New Study Confirms Car Exhaust Increases Lightning Strikes

A new study reveals car exhaust clouds attract lightning and actually increase the frequency of strikes. Metallica approves. » 2/05/09 10:30am 2/05/09 10:30am

New EPA Ruling Means Lawnmowers, Boat Engines Likely To Get Catalytic…

The Detroit News » 9/05/08 10:40am 9/05/08 10:40am reports on a major emissions-limiting ruling by the EPA Thursday that will affect recreational boats and outdoor power equipment with engines smaller than 25 HP. Small engines, such as those found on boats and lawnmowers, are essentially unregulated, making up as much as 25% of current yearly US CO…

Beijing Olympic Restrictions Stomp On Local Auto Industry

Chinese restrictions on truck traffic and chemical transport during the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics are forcing plant cutbacks among local automakers, reports Automotive News China. The restrictions have forced Beijing Hyundai and supplier Visteon, among other automotive factories, to reduce shifts and temporarily… » 8/13/08 9:40am 8/13/08 9:40am

Chrysler Partnering With Purdue on Hybrid... Trees

Back in the 1960's love was free, pregnant women smoked and drank, and Chrysler dumped pollutants into ponds near a transmission plant in Kokomo. As this had a negative effect on the area, Chrysler started cleaning the site in the 1980's and has teamed with Purdue University to harness the power of hybrid poplar trees… » 12/12/07 9:45am 12/12/07 9:45am

Smoggiest Olympics Ever! Beijing Rules Out Car Restrictions

Transit officials in Beijing have opted not to limit the number of private cars on its streets, inadvertently giving athletes from America's big cities more of a hometown feel. The Chinese capital is well known for smog and congestion, with more than three million registered cars clogging approximately 90% of the… » 11/06/07 3:45pm 11/06/07 3:45pm

Ontario Contemplates Crackrock HOV Enviro Plan

As much as we vent here on tha Jalop about the habits and attitudes of many hybrid drivers, we're not against the gasoline-electric machines. We think they're fascinating pieces of technology, and in stop-and-go environments, their benefit is clear, both in terms of emissions and fuel savings. And we're not, per se » 8/09/07 8:00pm 8/09/07 8:00pm

Nissan Develops Cheaper Cat

Ghosn's minions at Nissan have come up with a catalytic converter that requires half the precious metals as current exhaust scrubbers. Given that platinum, rhodium and palladium aren't exactly the cheapest of substances, the new system which keeps the metals from collecting in the cat under high temps, leading to what… » 8/02/07 7:15pm 8/02/07 7:15pm

Higher Road Tax for Luxury Vehicles Coming to UK?

Blighty's system of taxes for higher-emissions vehicles have some environmental activists calling for a new level of taxes for such vehicles as the blown Range Rover. Currently, vehicles fall into bands A through G. The called-for "H" band would propose and additional five-hundred quid tax, hopefully screwing up the… » 8/01/07 6:45pm 8/01/07 6:45pm

Leafblower Exchango Fantastico!

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is sponsoring Southern California exchange events where owners of older, two-stroke leaf blowers can swap them at a serious discount for new four-stroke models that pollute less and emit noise levels more akin to a regular busy street than a field of DKW rally machines… » 7/19/07 4:00pm 7/19/07 4:00pm

The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts, Part 6: How Cows Work

The debate rages back and forth about whether cars or cattle are worse for the environment. As a global warming agent, methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, and bovines pump the stuff out by the pantsful — estimates arrage around 26-132 gallons per cow, per day. There are 1.5 billion of the animals in… » 7/16/07 8:15pm 7/16/07 8:15pm