“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a… (more…)

Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution

“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a… Read more

We suck at recycling straws—so maybe we should ban them

Reduce, reuse. Thousands of plastic straws never make it through the recycling stream. Deposit Photos Walk into any casual restaurant and before you’ve finished looking at the menu, your waiter will probably give you a glass of cold water. There might be a lemon in it. There might be ice. There’s probably a plastic straw sticking… Read more

Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040

All of Norway’s short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country’s airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation’s role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport. Avinor, the public operator of Norwegian airports, “aims to be the first in the world” to make the switch to electric air transport, chief… Read more

Chocolate May Go Extinct In Next 40 Years

Chocolate could reportedly vanish as early as 2050. This revelation has led scientists from the University of California at Berkeley to work with Virginia-based manufacturer Mars, Incorporated to save the cacao plant from disappearing. Warmer temperatures and drier weather conditions are expected to be the root of the cacao plants’ potential disappearance, according to Business Insider.… Read more

China vows to clean up pollution, further open economy

China ended a major economic meeting on Wednesday, vowing to boost imports, open its markets and clean up noxious pollution. The pledges were made at the annual Central Economic Work Conference, at which leaders review past policy and plan for the upcoming year. The results of the three-day closed-door meeting were released by state news agency… Read more

The Billion-Dollar Loophole

The idea seems like the perfect marriage of environmentalism and capitalism: Landowners give up their right to develop a piece of property, and in exchange they receive a special tax deduction. Nature is preserved and everybody benefits. That’s traditionally how what are known as “conservation easements” worked. In California’s Napa Valley, for example, a former biology… Read more

A new study indicates that drivers may be spending too much at the pump for gas they don’t need

There are owner’s manuals for several cars that recommend that you use premium fuel, but a recent study from the American Automobile Association indicates that it might not be worth it. The study was conducted to discover whether premium fuel yields improved fuel economy, more horsepower, and if it costs more. The vehicles used for the… Read more

Taiwan steel firm behind toxic dump in Vietnam fined again

A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic spill that killed tonnes of fish in central Vietnam last year was fined for a second time for illegally burying “harmful” waste, official sources said Sunday. The deadly dump from Formosa’s $11 billion steel plant in Ha Tinh province sparked one of the country’s worst environmental catastrophes, decimating livelihoods… Read more

What Greenland’s landscape looks like without any ice

The most detailed map of Greenland’s topography was released this week by a team of British and American researchers. An accompanying video simulates what the massive island would look like if it were free of ice. Speaking of which, the new findings suggest that Greenland’s ice sheet has the potential to contribute more to global sea… Read more

Investors flush with $26 trillion to strong-arm corporations on climate change

Beware. President Donald Trump may have put a stop to America’s participation in the Paris accord, citing its burdensome regulatory climate change mandates and cost-hiking economic downers. But a plot afoot at the Paris climate summit would moot Trump’s action and make most of America a participant in the accord, anyway. Climate Action 100+ tweeted the… Read more

Climate summit: The greening of international finance

It is often said that the colour of money is green, but until recently the finance industry hasn’t been well adapted to helping achieve policy objectives for the environment. New instruments have been developed to help mobilise financing for projects to mitigate climate change, some of which have caught on, but measuring their impact remains difficult.… Read more

Green development think-tank formed in Xiongan

A research company that focuses on green development in Xiongan New Area in North China’s Hebei province has been recently set up to provide consulting services. This is the first of its kind established in the area, said a report by thecover.cn. Xiongan Green Research Think-tank Co (or Xiongan Lvyan Zhiku Co), registered with 50 million… Read more

Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck

After revolutionizing electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in “green” transportation with the introduction a futuristic all-electric semi truck. “We designed the Tesla truck to be like a bullet,” said Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk. The billionaire South African-born inventor unveiled the new vehicle Thursday at an event in Hawthorne, California, site of… Read more

China leads the world in clean energy

Workers check equipment at a wind farm in Shanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua] China’s energy revolution is sparking a swifter global transition to clean power, according to a new study, meaning that, in two decades, the world could generate 40 percent of its power from renewable resources. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, a Paris-based… Read more

Trump administration to offer 76M acres for offshore drilling, largest lease sale in U.S. history

The Trump administration is putting more than 76 million acres of federal water up for lease in the largest offshore drilling initiative in American history. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the massive lease sale, slated for March 2018, on Tuesday morning, and said the move is a key component of the administration’s effort to tap U.S.… Read more

Trump’s inaction on climate change carries a big price tag, federal report finds

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s reluctance to confront climate change threatens to create a massive burden on taxpayers, as a lack of planning by federal agencies leaves the government ill-equipped to deal with the fallout from rising temperatures, according to independent congressional investigators. The report released Tuesday from the Government Accountability Office presents a bleak picture… Read more

Tesla to build wholly-owned Shanghai plant: WSJ

Tesla has reached an agreement with Shanghai authorities that would make it the first foreign automaker to build its own plant in China, putting it in the driver’s seat in the world’s biggest electric-vehicle market, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Silicon Valley electric carmaker’s wholly-owned manufacturing facility would be built in Shanghai’s free-trade zone, the… Read more

Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024

Paris city authorities said Thursday they aimed to phase out the use of diesel cars by the time the French capital hosts the Olympics in 2024, and petrol cars by 2030. Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s office said the goals — which are more ambitious time-wise than a government plan to end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles… Read more

In Tackling Methane, Exxon Signals Commitment To Maximize Opportunity For New Mexico

An announcement last week from one of the country’s largest natural gas producers may have a major positive impact on revenue and clean air in New Mexico. XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil that made a $6 billion investment in acreage in New Mexico’s Permian Basin earlier this year, has now announced a set of commitments… Read more

How one city plans to steer residents away from driving

Countries from the UK to China are rolling out extraordinary plans to eliminate fossil-fuel-guzzling automobiles. But one Nordic capital city is mixing tech and urban planning to make sure citizens do not need a car at all. Finland’s capital Helsinki is growing quickly as it attracts labor from the countryside and overseas. Instead of building more… Read more

Climate change activists want punishment for skeptics

Calls to punish global warming skepticism as a criminal offense have surged in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but it hasn’t discouraged climate scientists like Judith Curry. A retired Georgia Tech professor, she argued on her Climate Etc. website that Irma, which hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Saturday, was fueled in… Read more

To guard against climate change, Los Angeles is painting its streets white

They plan to lower the temperature by 3 degrees over the next 20 years. Los Angeles Pixabay Labor Day weekend delivered record-breaking temperatures to California as a heat wave swept the state, fanning the flames of the largest wildfire Los Angeles has seen in decades. The unusually warm weather bears the mark of climate change, which… Read more

Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules

A plume of benzene has been detected in the air over Houston after four fossil fuel companies reported leaks of the highly toxic compound that can increase the risk of cancer — even from brief exposure. Documents reviewed by International Business Times show that two of the companies — ExxonMobil and Valero — recently lobbied against… Read more

Battling to thwart diesel bans, Merkel throws in the cash

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday pledged a billion euros to help German cities fight air pollution caused by dirty diesel cars, as a scandal strangling the automobile industry threatened to engulf politicians at the height of an election campaign. Merkel said she was doubling financial aid to cities from a previously announced 500 million euros ($600… Read more

Chinese bike-sharing company ofo enters Seattle

TIANJIN — China’s bike-sharing company ofo has launched services in Seattle, after acquiring the permission from local authority, according to a company press release on Friday. A total of 1,000 of ofo’s signature yellow bikes will be placed on the American city’s streets, and the number is expected to grow to cater to the needs of… Read more

Rural areas to boost new energy sales

An electric vehicle by BAIC Group catches visitors’ eyes at an international new energy auto expo in Beijing. [Photo by CHEN XIAOGEN/CHINA DAILY] Shorter trips, better power access means low-tier markets have higher appetite for sector, Hao Yan reports. After a market wobble in 2016, new energy vehicle sales are predicted to ramp up by 51.8… Read more

How Both Sides Of The Climate Change Debate Distort The Science

As the planet heats up, so does the rhetoric on both sides of the climate-change debate. Former Vice President Al Gore has a new film out about the dangers of global warming. His film follows a New York magazine article asserting that “absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of… Read more

Al Gore’s Nashville estate expends 21 times more energy a year than typical U.S. home, study says

Former Vice President Al Gore’s 10,070-square-foot estate near Nashville, Tennessee, expended more than 21 times more energy than the average U.S. household over the past year, according to a new report. A report by the National Center for Public Policy Research – self-described as a nonpartisan, independent conservative think tank – said that according to data… Read more

Many US scientists answer France’s call to come ‘make our planet great again’

The rap on Washington and the Trump administration these days is that nothing is getting done. Well, tell that to anyone concerned about the climate crisis. Sure, most of President Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives have gone nowhere in Congress. But Trump is delivering big time on his promises to gut the federal government’s efforts to fight… Read more

Bad Smell: Trump Golf Plans Stymied By Scottish Law

Two environmental agencies in Scotland have objected to plans by the Trump Organization to build a new 18-hole golf course at the Trump International Golf Links in northeastern Scotland. Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has informed the president’s company that its expansion plans violate sewage pollution, environmental protection and groundwater conservation rules, reported Scotland’s Daily Record.… Read more

UK to ban sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040

Britain said Wednesday it will outlaw the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pollution but environmental groups said the proposals did not go far enough. Environment minister Michael Gove announced the move as part of the government’s keenly-awaited $3.9 billion air pollution plan, which will… Read more

First bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated

In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200… Read more

Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Joins The Sustainability Consortium

Fruit of the Loom, Inc., has recently joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) as part of its ongoing commitment to corporate social and environmental responsibility. TSC is a global, non-profit organization working to transform the consumer goods industry so that mainstream consumer goods bought each day, like Fruit of the Loom products, are more sustainable. “Operating in… Read more

Tesla’s Elon Musk Tweets First Model 3 Pictures

Tesla Inc.’s co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk followed up his Twitter hype for the company’s new Model 3 by posting the first images of the vehicle as it came off the assembly line. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out Saturday, “First Production Model 3,” for Tesla’s first full-production version of the vehicle. The Model 3… Read more

Canada’s Desjardins Suspends Lending for Energy Pipelines

Canadian lender Desjardins is considering no longer funding energy pipelines, a spokesman said Saturday, citing concerns about the impact such projects may have on the environment. Desjardins, the largest association of credit unions in North America, Friday temporarily suspended lending for such projects and may make the decision permanent, spokesman Jacques Bouchard told Reuters by telephone.… Read more

Volvo to Go All Electric in 2019

Swedish carmaker Volvo says it is phasing out the internal combustion engine in favor of electric motors by 2019. Volvo, which is Chinese owned, is the first traditional carmaker to announce the move. “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Volvo’s president Håkan Samuelsson in a statement Wednesday. “People increasingly demand… Read more

? MetLife Invests $36B in Impact-Related Projects to Push Sustainability

Several global companies now pursue sustainability goals such as building stable markets, protecting the environment and improving social inclusion. Some of these companies are leading from the front by ensuring that their business strategy is aligned with universal values in order to create a positive environmental and social impact. MetLife is working to make a positive… Read more

China leads the pack

A platform is used to collect combustible ice in the South China Sea recently. GUO JUNFENG/CHINA DAILY Editor’s note: In the run-up to the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress, China Daily will cover a series of key projects of national importance, showcasing the country’s huge improvement and relentless efforts in manufacturing upgrade and innovation.… Read more

When Will Electric Cars Become the Norm?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Michael Barnard, low-carbon innovation analyst: Is it really practicable & sustainable to replace 100 percent of today’s fossil-fuel-powered vehicles to electric? Not… Read more

Companies Focus on Disruptive Innovation to Drive Sustainability

Traditional cleantech industries have effectively led the fight against climate change, but the next wave of sustainable innovations is arising from outside of these industries. Disruptive technologies and business models for a more sustainable future include the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and the sharing economy. This rapidly developing trend is highlighted in “The Road to… Read more

US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Deal Disappoints Many Businesses

President Donald Trump is moving the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, signed by nearly 200 other nations. Trump said Thursday that the Paris agreement hurts U.S. economic growth, costs millions of American jobs and puts U.S. firms at a disadvantage. However, his decision contrasted with the views of hundreds of American business leaders… Read more

VW teams up with JAC to make electric cars

Visitors watch cars on display at a booth of JAC Motors in Shanghai, April 20, 2017. [Photo/VCG] HEFEI – A joint venture between Volkswagen China and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC Motors) to make electric cars has been approved by Chinese authorities. JAC Motors said Monday that the venture, with a total investment of 5 billion yuan… Read more

Caterpillar Focuses on Restoring World’s Natural Infrastructure

According to the UN estimates, 25 percent of the world’s land is highly degraded by now, and over 50 percent of all wetlands have been lost. However, it is possible to reverse this damage by reclaiming mines, re-building beaches, restoring rivers and re-planting forests. Soil restoration alone can help to eliminate 3.5 to 11 billion tons… Read more

The Oil Company That Owns Colorado

Days after a gas line linked to an Anadarko Petroleum well ignited a deadly home blast in Colorado, the company’s chief executive said the “terrible tragedy has left all of us with heavy hearts.” But even as investigators were picking through the wreckage, the company moved to fight a new bill that would have forced it… Read more

California’s Clean-Energy Leadership Continues

California’s Clean-Energy Leadership Continues California is a leader, and has earned that title – it is the largest state economy in the U.S. and the sixth-largest economy in the world. Forward-thinking clean energy policies are the backbone of California’s prosperity, creating jobs and businesses for the state while cutting emissions. While the presidential administration assaults […]

China to boost recycling industry for greener growth

BEIJING — Chinese authorities on Thursday released an action plan to boost the recycling industry amid government efforts to promote green and sustainable growth. By 2020, China aims to increase the output value of the resource recycling industry to 3 trillion yuan ($434.8 billion), a jump of 67 percent from the 2015 level, according to the… Read more

Towards a green jean

A survivor of numerous fashion fads over the years, and despite heavy competition, the humble denim is here to stay. Eighty-four exhibitors from 19 countries gathered at Denim PremiereVision in Paris, an event that represents the sector internationally. R-Evolution was the theme to showcase new areas in fashion inspiration, innovation and technology, to help create green… Read more

Businesses Speak out Against Proposed Energy-Efficiency Budget Cuts

The President’s budget template, which slashes the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 32% and eliminates voluntary programs, including the agency’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership and the ENERGY STAR program, has drawn wide criticism from businesses across the country. Businesses are speaking out on behalf of the CHP Partnership. More than 100 companies have already… Read more

2017 Green Transition Scoreboard® Tracks Private Green Investments At $8.1 Trillion

Today, the latest Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) found that, despite Trump’s anti-green policies, private green investments now total more than $8.1 trillion USD ($8,133,456,730,370). Published annually since 2009, the GTS is a global measure of private green investment in five green sectors: 1) Renewable Energy, 2) Efficiency, 3) Life Systems (water, waste, recycling, community investing, e-learning… Read more

Infographics that clearly illustrate our ecological footprints

Often, it’s hard to visualise your impact on the world, it seems like an abstract concept. We are told that are using too many resources and emitting too much CO2 but it’s difficult to say how much we are creating individually. In this time period sustainability is very important. Already, we are pushing our planet to… Read more

Bioeconomy: One Billion Tons of Biomass

The federal agencies that provide the muscle for energy policy are finalizing plans to harness the energy from one billion tons of biomass per year. The “Bioeconomy Vision” is an effort to move biomass out of the laboratory and into the market. The goal, within the next 15 years, is production and commercialization of biofuels, renewable… Read more

The Real Impact of Fracking

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Ava Mohsenin, Current student at McGill University: The environmental effects of shale gas are varied—wide ranges of importance and risk level. First,… Read more

Just 21 images to help you relax on Earth Day

Just 21 images to help you relax on Earth Day Our world is crazy. It’s also beautiful. There are a lot of terrible things happening in the world right now. People around the planet are worried about politics, war, diseases and illnesses, catastrophes, and the general litany of concerns brought on by life, work, school, […]

Celebrate Earth Day 2017 With These Inspiring Quotes

April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day across the U.S. The annual event is meant to spread awareness about environment, reflect on the beauty of nature and preserve our surroundings. Earth Day also marks the anniversary of the start of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Gaylord Nelson, the then Wisconsin Democratic senator, founded the Earth… Read more

Designs for Trump’s border wall are here. They fall into 4 categories.

Imagine the Great Wall of China along the banks of the Rio Grande. Or maybe an animal-friendly barrier that keeps migrants out but lets roadrunners in. These are some of the designs contractors submitted this week in the first round of bids to build President Donald Trump’s promised 2,000-mile wall along the Mexican border. Chicago Tribune… Read more

Beijing moves into all clean energy era

Unit supervisor Liu Yong of Huaneng Group shuts down the last coal-fired power plant in Beijing on Saturday. [Photo by Yuan Yi/For China Daily] Beijing shut down its last large-scale coal-fired power plant on Saturday, meaning that the capital now uses only clean energy for all electricity and heating. The measure, which was announced in the… Read more

Easing of rule on auto fuel economy standards

President Trump will announce Wednesday that he’s reopening a review of Obama-era fuel economy rules, after the EPA broke an agreement with the auto industry last year and accelerated the final tailpipe emissions standards for cars and light trucks. Mr. Trump is traveling to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he’ll grant the regulatory reprieve for the industry in… Read more

Energy security requires not going ‘green’

If you listen to the media narrative on climate change and “clean energy,” you’d think that the rest of the world has moved smartly and seamlessly toward 21st-century green energy, while the U.S. is the high-polluting laggard that just won’t get with the program to save the planet. Think again. The green energy revolution around the… Read more