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Electric Bikes: Better Transportation for a Better World

Due to their eco-friendliness, low price points and minimal operating costs, electric bikes are an increasingly popular way to travel. All around the world, we are seeing an increase in two wheeled electric transport and increasingly, this phenomenon is taking root in the U.S. Some studies have shown that a family can save as much as $2,500 per year by…

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EPA Conducting Sustainability Workshops in 22 Communities

The community workshops coincide with assisting 22 communities in 18 states make effective use of sustainability tools, such as equitable development, bikeshare program planning, and urban flood resilience enhancement.

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Notables Commemorate Sustained Construction of First U.S. First High-Speed Rail System

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is joining California Governor Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail Authority board members and other in Fresno to commemorate the milestone, one that is expected to bring substantial long-term economic and environmental benefits across the Golden State.

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Drought Conditions May Limit Panama Canal Passage

The head of the Panama Canal Authority warned that drought conditions may limit the draft of ships able to make the 48-mile passage. Besides its role in Panama’s economy, the Panama Canal watershed supplies clean drinking water and hydroelectric power for the Panama City metro area.

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EarthTalk: Are Hydrogen Cars a Viable Option?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars aren’t really any greener than conventional gas-powered internal combustion cars? — Michelle Adamo, Portland, OR A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive travel, but many…

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Slight Uptick in U.S. New Vehicle Fuel Economy in July

U.S. fuel economy near record high As we reported early last June, new vehicle fuel economy (window-sticker value) in the U.S. hit an all-time high in May of 25.7 miles per gallon (MPG) as reported by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. June saw a slight dip in fuel economy, off 0.2 to 25.5 MPG. The institute just released their research…

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China Issues EV, New Energy Vehicle Mandate

Instituting another measure to reduce carbon emissions and toxic air quality, China’s national government is requiring that at least 30%, of new cars purchased by local government bodies, public institutions and publicly funded organizations’ between 2014-2016 be EVs or “new energy” vehicles.