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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.

Solar Roadways

A Response to Critics of the Solar Roadways Concept

While there is an abundance of positive response to the Solar Roadways concept, there has also been an avalanche of negativity that completely misses the point. As reviewed in a recent Global Warming is Real article, the concept of embedding solar panels into American roadways represents a powerful new approach to green innovation and finance. Without paying heed to the benefits, many…

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Vehicle fuel economy hits a record high in a continuing trend of rising efficiency and lower emissions for new vehicles

Average Vehicle Fuel Economy at Record High

Higher gas prices, better fuel economy, lower emissions According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute the average fuel economy (the number given on the window sticker) for new vehicles hit a record high in May of 25.6 miles-per-gallon (mph), a 0.4 mpg rise from April. Vehicle fuel efficiency has increased 5.5 mpg since October of 2007, when the Institute…

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Solar Roadways’ Innovative Sun Powered Technology and Finance

Solar Roadways is a grassroots company that is a stellar example of a powerful new approach to business. Their business model is a perfect marriage between innovative technology and innovative finance. Solar Roadways are spearheading a new reality that levels the playing field and gives us reason to believe that we will find a way to meet our energy needs without fossil fuels. Solar power was discovered over 170 years ago, but it was only…

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The rise in public transportation: Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013—the highest number since the 1950s when many fewer of us owned our own cars

EarthTalk: The Rise in Public Transportation

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s behind the rise in public transit in the U.S. in the last few years, and how does our transit use compare with that of other developed countries? - Angie Whitby, New Bern, NC Transit ridership is indeed at its highest…

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The Port of Los Angeles receives a grant in the EPA's new program for sustainable ports

New Sustainable Ports Program To Reduce Carbon Emissions and Environmental Pollution

Ports are vital to world trade and the US economy. With the new Sustainable Ports initiative, the EPA and stakeholders aim to improve ports’ environmental performance. Hosting the first “Advancing Sustainable Ports Summit” in Washington D.C., the EPA awarded six U.S. ports $4.2 mm in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants.

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Forget About Tar Sands Oil

There are two principal issues at play within the tar sands oil controversy.  First and foremost, the extraction of tar sands oil is a process that releases significantly more greenhouses gasses into the atmosphere than conventional drilling methods. As a primer for those not privy to this situation, the oil industry has revamped old methods of extracting oil from sediment…

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