China’s smog problem isn’t just a health hazard—it’s a traffic safety one as well. According to news reports, a massive pileup crash involving at least 33 vehicles traveling on the Taichang Expressway in Tianjin left six people dead and four hospitalized.
Today, we’re going to talk about California: a majestic, beautiful West Coast state discovered in the 1800s by adventure-hungry settlers who left behind their families and jobs back east in order to set off across the country and sit in traffic on the 405.
A bill proposed in California would allow classic car owners to cut a check to the DMV for $200 to get out of the state’s notoriously strict smog test. But naturally, it’s a bit more complicated than just paying off the Golden State.
It's no secret that the air quality in China is pretty awful — anyone in China can see and feel the highly polluted air pretty much anytime. But the Chinese government would rather you didn't notice, which is why they've blocked access to the popular documentary Under the Dome. But you can still watch it, right here.
Wanna know how bad Beijing's smog problem really is? If these photos and news reports are accurate, it's bad enough to make the middle of the day nearly as dark as night during a thunderstorm. Holy crap.
Like Los Angeles, Chile's capital is particularly prone to generating dense low-level smog. Santiago smog is not a meteorological abstraction but something you can easily see from a plane window.
Once that bleeding-heart liberal Richard Nixon signed the Clean Air Act in 1970, the writing was on the wall for 11:1 compression hydrocarbon-spewing chrome chariots. Malaise Era, coming up! Still, it's now possible to breathe the air in Los Angeles.
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?
It's probably safe to assume by looking at the writing staff and reading the comments from this site that more than a few Jalopniks are driving some slightly used vehicles of various vintages in various forms of disrepair. It's in this spirit that we take a deeper look at how emissions laws work, why the exist and…
A bill requiring annual smog inspections for vehicles over fifteen years old is moving onto the California state senate. AB616 also contains a provision for additional money generated by the previously bi-annual inspections to be deposited into an account. The funds in this account would then be used in part to scrap…
With air pollution over Beijing at lung-charringly horrible levels, the Chinese government has decided to take action to reduce vehicle emissions. Smog checks? Punitive taxes on older vehicles? Nope, they're going to take a million cars off the streets of Beijing... somehow. No details yet, but we can assume that the…