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Biden Administration Hits Automotive Emissions Reset Button

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rolled back Trump administration reductions of auto emission standards enacted by the Trump administration, and is taking first steps toward a new emissions agreement with automakers.

May 3, 2021 - The Washington Post

Nuclear Power

U.S. EPA Rolling Back Science-Based Regulation Under Cover of COVID

Contentious policy revisions at the Environmental Protection Agency roll back data-guided policies under the Trump administration.

May 4, 2020 - Nature

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Report from London: Pollution Pricing Reduces Tailpipe Emissions

A new report shows that London's new emission fee, an additional driver charge that became operational 24/7 in April for all motor vehicles not meeting Euro standards that enter the congestion charge zone, has cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 31%.

October 29, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Cars and Herbie

How the Law Enshrines Car Dependence

Land use regulations provide exhibit A in this indictment of the American legal system's support for a murderous and destructive dependence on automobiles for transportation.

July 10, 2019 - The Atlantic

Carpool Lane Sticker

Nancy Pelosi Not the Only Powerful California Woman Disrupting the Trump Administration

No issue is more important to California's air and climate regulators than ensuring that the state retains its ability to set tailpipe emission standards. Mary Nichols, the head of the Air Resources Board, has threatened to ban tailpipes.

May 30, 2019 - CALmatters

Starbucks Drive-Thru

Citywide Ban on New Drive-Thrus Moves Forward in Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis doesn't want any more drive-throughs in the city, in an effort to cut down on emissions, car trips, and conflict points in the public realm.

May 21, 2019 - Star Tribune

Bike Traffic

Keeping An Open Mind: How Some Cities Are Reducing Emissions While Supporting Economic Vitality

As cities swell and car use soars, U.S. cities should take note of some bold, even radical, emissions-reducing policies being deployed around Europe.

October 7, 2018 - Robert Fischer

Los Angeles Harbor Freeway

California Has 8 of the 10 Most Polluted Cities in the U.S.

Despite ever-stricter air-quality regulations and dropping emissions, the American Lung Association once again finds the state to have some of the worst air in the nation.

April 24, 2018 - USA Today

Power Plant

How Green Is Your Electric Vehicle?

Check the fuel source before making any assumptions.

March 21, 2018 - World Economic Forum

California Earning Clean Air Despite the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

While premature to claim victory, a report from the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that the California Air Resources Board will prevail in a looming showdown with the U.S. EPA over whether to allow the state to set vehicle emission standards.

July 13, 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle

Boris Bikes, London

London Mayor Wants Emissions Free Transportation Fleets by 2040

London's draft Mayor's Transport Strategy (MTS) is available for public review. Mayor Sadiq Khan says transportation is "at the heart" of his vision for a city for all Londoners.

July 3, 2017 - Smart Cities Dive

Volkswagen

Volkswagen Settles in Cheating Scandal to the Tune of $16 Billion

It's been less than a year since Volkswagen got caught installing software on cars to cheat emissions testing. Today the company settled out of court—paying the bulk of a $16 billion settlement to vehicle owners.

June 29, 2016 - KPCC

Highway Construction

The Little-Known Pollutant That Could Finally Reprioritize Transportation Projects

When the public learns that freeway pollution discriminates against nearby residents with devastating health consequences, the tide of public opinion will finally turn against the automobile—a call to action by Bill Adams.

February 4, 2016 - UrbDeZine

VW Scandal Obscures Diesel's Real Problem

It's easy to focus on the sensational headlines based on the fraud committed by Volkswagen, but doing so masks the deadly and ongoing problems of diesel emissions plaguing the world's densely populated cities.

January 7, 2016 - The New York Times

Confronting Climate Change, Rethinking the City

Overcoming our carbon dependence should be seen as an opportunity to rethink for the better an institution largely shaped by and for fossil fuel: our cities.

December 15, 2015 - Thriving Cities Blog

Deputy Mayor of London: Diesel Not the Right Thing for Cities

Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy for the Greater London Authority, does not see diesel as the right technology for driving in the city. Also blames the European Commission for for being too lenient with emission standards

November 29, 2015 - Cities of the Future

Volkswagen Caught Cheating on Emissions Testing

A toxic revelation about the use of software to cheat emissions testing, found in 11 million Volkswagen vehicles, has taken down the company's CEO and could cost the company around $7.3 billion.

September 23, 2015 - The New York Times

Study: Passenger Vehicle Fleet is Older and More Polluting

Arguably just as important than the sales of new vehicles, e.g., hybrids and EVs, are the consequences of not buying new cars.

December 14, 2014 - Scientific American

Los Angeles Breathing Easier Due to Reductions in Airborne Toxins

The improvement in air quality comes from reductions in toxic emissions from autos, trucks, and ships. Enjoying the cleaner air were tens of thousands of Angelenos riding on miles of streets closed to auto traffic for the 10th CicLAvia event.

October 8, 2014 - Take Part

Accidents Not the Leading Cause of Vehicle-Related Deaths

A new study by MIT researchers indicates that a greater number of premature deaths in the United States can be attributed to auto pollution than auto collisions.

October 17, 2013 - Next City

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