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Volvo sets high carbon price to assess sustainability of new projects

It's double the current cost of carbon in the EU's carbon trading scheme

9 states and Washington, D.C. propose regional cap-and-trade for transportation

Program could give states another tool to manage emissions

First-of-its-kind regional program could give states another tool to manage emissions.

Fast facts from the BP ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’

Here, at a glance, are some findings from the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy.

Deforestation releases more carbon than U.S. cars and trucks, study says

We need trees: Deforestation, degradation are adding to carbon output on every continent.

We need trees: Deforestation, degradation are adding to carbon output on every continent.

Air Ink from Graviky Labs | Autoblog Minute

Graviky Labs is turning air pollution into useable ink.

Biofuels like ethanol could be worse than gasoline for the environment

The EPA hasn't released a study on ethanol or any other biofuel in years.

Know what happens when you assume? You make an ass out of you, me, and the federal government.

Lamborghini goes from carbon fiber to carbon neutral [w/video]

Whether the customer cares or not, Lamborghini is committed to cutting the carbon footprint of its manufacturing operations - staring with a new power plant opened on premises.

Global petroleum use hits record high, thanks to boom in Asia

An ever-increasing number of fuel efficient vehicles combined with changes in driving habits have contributed to reduced petroleum consumption in recent years in both North America and Europe. Despite this, global petroleum consumption is on the rise, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Global consumption of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, heating oil and other petroleum products reached a record high 8

Safety outweighs emissions benefits of new A/C refrigerant for BMW

BMW has joined Daimler and, potentially, Audi in quitting an automotive industry research program studying a proposed new air conditioning refrigerant, the simply named HFO-1234yf. BMW disagrees with the test methods being used. "We do not want to say the test results are wrong, but we are not convinced the methods applied are sufficient to achieve a definitive conclusion that guarantees our high safety stan

California low-carbon fuel regulation ruled unconstitutional by judge

Federal judge Lawrence J. O'Neill of the U.S. District Court in Fresno has stopped implementation of a California law that favors fuel producers with lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of the production process. The New York Times reports the judge has ruled that the regulation is an over-reach on California's part, one that attempts to regulate what goes on outsid

"One Tonne Life" challenge family making progress, drops CO2 emissions 64% in three months

In January, we wrote about the Lindell family as they embarked on their 'One Tonne Life' challenge outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Now, a little over three months into the project, the family has reduced its carbon emissions by a whopping 64 percent, dropping from 7.29 tons of CO2 emissions per person per year to 2.7 tons. Transportation and electricity consumption were the two areas in which the Lindells made the most

Volvo tries to help family reach low-CO2 "One Tonne Life"

How clean can one modern, European family go? Swedish auto maker Volvo, wooden house experts A-hus and energy company Vattenfall are helping one family cut its carbon emissions by 85 percent in a quest to live the "One Tonne Life." The challenge the familiy is taking on is to live within a limit of one metric ton of carbon emissions per person per year (the average Swede's emissions is seven metric tons per year). Thus, for the next six months,

Formula One teams want to cut emissions and fuel consumption

The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) wants to cut cut its total carbon emissions by 15 percent within three years and double the efficiency of its race engines within five years. FOTA commissioned an analysis by Trucost to determine its total life-cycle emissions from all operations. As it turns out, the race cars actually only account for about one percent of F1 carbon emissions, with half coming from materials the teams purchase. Other significant sources of energy consumption include tran

Is carbon fiber really a "green" solution to reduce vehicle weight?

BMW and Mercedes are leading the way in using carbon fiber to reduce weight in future passenger vehicles. Losing pounds can also be key to meet upcoming CAFE regulations and can also help increase the range electric vehi

Who should get carbon credits, automakers or utilities?

Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery

STUDY: Even with electricity from coal, electric vehicles beat gas in CO2 emissions

A common attack on electric vehicles is to claim that all Americans switching their cars from gasoline to electric would be counterproductive in the effort to reduce carbon emissions. The reason is that we'd simply need more polluting coal plants pumping out more carbon dioxide and get collapsed electric grids as a result. Well, we know there are emerging solutions to the grid problem but how about calculating the actual carbon numbers that result from gasoline vs. electricity from coal?

Automakers and CARB meet to negotiate CO2 standards?

According to The Aspen Institute, members of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists, along with the California Air Resources Board, have met to hash out their differences with representatives from Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota. The topic is the proposed carbon emissions standards . We don't know much about how the talks are pro

Obama to revisit states' rights on carbon emissions

In an announcement that should come as little surprise to anyone paying close attention, Lisa Jackson, President-elect Obama's newly-nominated EPA administrator, has said that she will immediately revisit the topic of whether individual states have the right to enact laws governing carbon emissions. Any laws made by individual states would have the effect of jacking up the national fuel economy requirements, which are themselves currently Jeremy Korzeniewski

EU-sponsored report critical of electric vehicles?

The European Union has been working on new legislation with the goal of reducing overall carbon emissions to just 130 g/km by 2015. Many believe that electric vehicles are the best way to achieve this ultimate goal, but internal reports may not agree with this assessment, according to the Financial

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