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Norwegian University study exaggerates downside of electric vehicles

A recent column by Leo Hickman in The Guardian set off a wave of debate over the true merit of electric vehicles (EVs) compared to internal combustion engine vehicles (EVs). Hickman used a study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) called Comparative Environmental Life

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class EV in the cards?

Increasingly stricter environmental dictates are making the rich man's camel pass though the eyes of smaller and smaller needles to get to regulatory heaven. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is going to have to shrink somewhere in order to make it into the future, and it seems the company plan for that is to make an electric version, possibly even with lithium-sulfur batteries powering plug-in fuel-cell technology from the Jonathon Ramsey

More speculation on Bentley and Audi sharing next-gen V8

2011 Bentley Continental GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

UK new car CO2 average down by 4.7 in first half of 2010

According to a new report from the UK trade group Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the average CO2 emissions of new cars sold there have continued a steady downward trend in the first half of this year. Thanks to increasing sales of cars specifically developed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, the average for the new vehicle fleet was down to just 145.2 grams / kilometer by June.

Study: Cutting global CO2 emissions in half by 2050 will cost $46 trillion

Cutting CO2 emissions is a driving force behind the development of more fuel-efficient vehicles and cleaner-burning engines. Reduced CO2 is also a prime reason that vehicles such as hybrids and electrics have begun to capture sales across the globe. The global reduction of CO2 has been a focus of governments for quite some time now, but little progress has been made. Perhaps the lack of progress can be attributed to a lack of spending to address the problem.

California leaves "cool cars" regulation out in the, ahem, cold

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced that the "cool cars" regulation has been canceled. "Cool cars" tried to reduce the need for air conditioning in new vehicles by mandating that their windows reflect or absorb a portion of the heat-producing rays from the sun.

Smart CDI drops down to 86 grams of CO2 per km

2009 Smart Fortwo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Reality Bites: limos, CO2 emissions and private jets at Hopenhagen

Sure, there might be a fleet of advanced technology vehicles cruising the streets of Copenhagen this week and next for the COP 15 Copenhagen United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, but that doesn't mean that literally tons of CO2 won't be emitted during the talks.

Prince Charles attacked as a hypocrite for taking private jet on climate change tour

Despite the best of green efforts, it seems poor Prince Charles can not catch a break. He's been labeled a hypocrite by the Daily Mail for using a private jet to accomplish a South American tour to discuss deforestation and climate change. Back at home, the next-inline-to-the-throne has put his Jaguars and Range Rover (and even his Mum's Bentleys) Domenick Yoney

Ferrari cutting CO2 output by 40%, hybrid sports car in the works

Mainstream automakers are faced with the reality of improving the efficiency and cleanliness of everyday vehicles, but companies like Porsche and Lamborghini say drastic change would effect the underlying character of their products. Ferrari apparently doesn't feel the same way, as the exotic automaker has pledged to cut emissions 40 percent by 2012. Like most other automakers, Ferrari plans on tackling its emissions problems on several fronts. It will improve the efficiency of its current power

U.S. mayors call for oil sands boycott

Oil sands mining transforms the landscape Photo: David Dodge, Pembina Institute

EU calls for "health warnings" on car ads

How much do marketing angles play into consumer choices? The European Union apparently thinks a lot. For instance, we've recently seen all tobacco sponsorships pulled from motorsports, such as the world's most popular, Formula 1. Now it seems that automobile advertisements will be the next form of media ordered to clean up its act. Potential new rules that are currently in draft form and up for review by the College of Commissioners call for the inclusion of fuel consumption and carbon emission

Will nuclear-produced electricity be low carbon?

Faced with the problems of oil supply and environmental factors, it seems quite certain that many of our transportation options in the future with be powered by electricity. Methods of supplying the necessary electrons are legion but all seem to involve costs and problems of one kind or another. With power from coal, there is not only the well known CO2 emittance problem, but also incredible amou

Toyota: Plug-in hybrids can't halve CO2

How much CO2 do you think you would avoid emitting if you had a plug-in style hybrid? Considering my own current driving patterns, I'm pretty sure I could drop mine by 98% if I had a something like a Volt with a 40-mile all-electric range and I got those solar panels I've been craving. Now what if everybody in the U.S. had a Volt or a similar Domenick Yoney

Melting Greenland could yield 50 billion barrels of oil

Sometimes you read the newspaper and all you can do is shake your head. In an article that begins with a future scenario of Greenlanders putting away their dog sleds and transforming from reindeer hunters to oil platform workers, The Age offers up an article that informs us of one of the silver linings of global warming: 50 billion more barrels of oil. Excuse me while I light a cigar.

Craig Venter: 18 months until 4th generation fuels

13 minutes into his Ted Talk (see video below), Dr. Craig Venter says fourth generation fuels, that is, biofuels made by bacteria from C02, are just 18 months away. The systems might work with sequestered CO2 and possibly even solar energy. What are the "modest goals" of this project?

Norwegian scientists confirm that transport is responsible for climate change

Although it might not be a surprising revelation, some investigators in the Center for Development and Environment Research at the University of Oslo have published a report that quantifies and specifies what's the real effect of development and the environment. According to this report, transportation is responsible for 15 to 30 percent of the CO2 and O3 (ozone) that has been released to the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution. T

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