Harvard team develops cleaner method to separate rare-earth metals using bacteria

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Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a cleaner method to extract rare earth metals. Current process for separating rare-earth metals is time consuming, expensive, and dangerous. Processing one ton of rare earths can produce 2,000 tons of toxic waste.

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Several states wants far cleaner diesel trucks; EPA to start rulemaking?

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Almost one-third of the heavy trucks on U.S. roads now use the most stringent emission-control systems, which radically reduce their emissions of nitrogen oxides, soot, and other pollutants. Commercial trucks log much higher annual mileage than passenger cars, especially the semi tractors that haul long-distance freight across the country. emissions EPA California Commercial vehicle Truck

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Electric cars cleaner than any gas-only car for 97 percent of U.S. drivers

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Electric cars have no tailpipe emissions when running. But unless they're charged entirely on renewable energy—still statistically unlikely today—there are emissions associated with generating the electricity used to charge their batteries. For several years now, rigorous "wells-to-wheels" analyses of the carbon-dioxide emissions. Carbon Footprint emissions carbon dioxide electric utilities plug-in cars GRID

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CA should use VW mitigation funds for cleaner diesel trucks to cut NOx: diesel lobbying group

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California is set to receive a lump sum of funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust following its diesel emission scandal. With $423 million at the state's discretion, groups are lobbying hard to ensure the funds are used to have an immediate and positive impact on the environment and air quality. One diesel lobbying group believes. Diesel emissions Trucks California Volkswagen diesel scandal

Electric cars are cleaner than hybrids in most places: mapped once again for your convenience

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The question is a reasonable one: electric cars may be zero-emission, but what about the electricity to recharge them? While renewable energy is growing globally, burning fossil fuels is still the source of most electric power today. The good news is that in most areas of the U.S., the "wells to wheels" carbon-dioxide emissions associated with. Carbon Footprint emissions global warming climate change carbon dioxide wells to wheels Union of Concerned Scientists

EU cleaner-car proposals slammed for too few electric cars, too much biodiesel

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A new package of laws drafted by the European Commission aims to reduce consumption of fossil fuels within the European Union. Called "Clean Energy for All Europeans," the plan calls for emissions reductions in both the transportation and energy sectors, as well as increased use of renewable energy for electricity generation, and biodiesel for. Europe Biofuels energy policy EU plug-in cars biodiesel transportation policy

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New £1 billion centre opens to develop cleaner cars

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A new £1 billion centre to research the development of new, cleaner cars has been opened this week by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable. Opening the new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) at the University of Warwick, Cable also announced a fund of a further £32 million would be given for two new [.]. Green credentials Editor Pick

New cleaner and more powerful Honda Civic

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The new Honda Civic will feature a cleaner, more powerful and economical diesel engine to deliver lower running costs for owners, the car maker has said. Improvements to Honda’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine, coupled with a low-drag body design, mean the new Civic emits 110 g/km of CO2 – while producing 150 PS and 350 Nm [.]. Green cars diesel engine Honda Civic i-DTEC low emissions

Mazda exec: engines can get cleaner, EVs will die without subsidies

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Small Japanese automaker Mazda is in a tough spot. It's been on its own for most of a decade now, after Ford sold its shares in the company, and now Mazda must fund numerous new models all by itself. With global sales of just 1.5 million vehicles, it's one-seventh the size of Toyota or Volkswagen. DON'T MISS: Mazda to launch homogeneous-charge. Future Cars Engines SKYACTIV

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Mercedes Announces Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engines

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Diesel may be a dirty word for some but for the major automakers, especially those with a significant presence in fuel-conscious Europe, it commands a lot of importance. One such automaker is Mercedes-Benz, which this week announced it is investing close to $3 billion over the coming years in developing next-generation diesel engines. This is in. Engine

Toyota Mirai Test Drive, Tesla Drag Race, Cleaner Electric Cars: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which promise made by electric-car maker Tesla Motors took 18 months to come to fruition? And what''s the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle really like to drive?

Toyota: No More Plug-In Electric Cars If Electricity Doesn't Get Cleaner (In Europe)?

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That''s the word from Toyota Europe, which says it wants to see cleaner electricity generation before it commits to electric vehicles. European buyers waiting for an electric Toyota may have quite some time to wait--until the electric grid cleans up, basically. According to Responding to Climate Change, the automaker sees "little sense" in electric

Electric Cars Get Cleaner, 2016 Chevy Volt On-Demand Regen, 2015 Audi A3 TDI Driven: Today's Car News

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We''ve got a lot of electric-car news today--including stories on how electric cars have gotten cleaner in the past year and an on-demand regenerative braking feature for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt--plus a review of the 2015 Audi A3 TDI. In just one year, electric cars have gotten cleaner.

Volvo proves visionary in mission for a cleaner, safer motoring. The Green Piece

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November 12, 2013. The Green Piece Column.

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Toyota misses the point: EVs can make the electricity grid cleaner

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Clean up your smelly electricity grid, or the plug-in cars get it!

Mazda Next-Gen Sky-D Diesel: Cleaner Than VW TDI?

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For decades, Volkswagen and Audi have held the only options for North American shoppers wanting a highly efficient model with a four-cylinder turbo-diesel—their 2.0-liter TDI engine. Now, with Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and even Chevrolet slated to bring four-cylinder diesels back to the U.S. within the next couple of years, the playing field is

Jaguar proves to cleaner than we thought

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It is not very often we mention Jaguar on TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk but this was a story we just couldn’t resist. The luxury car maker has been busy proving the efficiency of its diesel XF car in the US, where gasoline (or petrol to us Brits) is by far the preferred fuel. Driving from New York to [.]. Green credentials diesel Jaguar Los Angeles New York XF

Solar Power Initiative By DoE Could Make Grid Electricity Cleaner, Cheaper

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Some of our electric car-owning readers already reap the benefits of solar energy with roof-mounted panels, but on a grid level solar still has a long way to go. The U.S. Department of Energy wants to change that, revealing targets that would mean one third of the Western U.S.

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Cities lead global push for cleaner, zero-emission cars

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Carlos Ghosn, the man behind the Nissan Leaf electric car and now the chairman of the Renault Nissan Alliance, isn't the first to say it. But his recent comment that cities are driving the push for electric cars is an important one, because it indicates a prime market for their advantages. The result is that city governments all over the world are. Paris emissions carbon dioxide London Zero Emission Vehicle regulation cities transportation policy

Bolt EV sales, Lucid vs Tesla, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid, cleaner diesel trucks: The Week in Reverse

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How's the Chevy Bolt EV electric car doing in sales after six months in the market? What was missing from President Trump's speech on U.S. energy policy? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, June 30, 2017. Friday, we had some rare good news on diesel engines: while. The Week In Reverse

IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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An article in the latest issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency reports that Estonia, which has the most developed oil shale industry in the world, is collaborating in pursuing wider use of oil shale in a cleaner, more sustainable manner.

Electric cars in UK cleaner than best diesels in summer, not yet in winter

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Although electric cars do not emit exhaust, it's widely recognized that the electricity to charge their batteries often still comes from fossil fuels. This has led to the scrutiny of electric cars to determine whether their overall "wells-to-wheels" carbon footprints exceed those of regular vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines. For most. Carbon Footprint emissions UK England electric utilities plug-in cars charging energy charging infrastructure

Alberta CCEMC providing $46M for carbon capture and storage and cleaner energy projects in oil sands region

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Alberta, Canada’s Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is providing C$46 million (US$45 million) in funding to support six new carbon capture and storage and cleaner technology projects in the Canadian oil sands region. The projects have a combined value of more than $327 million (US$321 million). The organizations receiving funding from CCEMC are: Cenovus Energy Inc.: $10

Lighter, Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engine: Too Good To Be True?

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Clatter, grumble, shudder, belch. Sound familiar? Not if you drive one of the modern breed of diesel-engined cars, which have virtually banished all sign of their clattery, tractor-like forebears. A modern Volkswagen TDI, for example, isn't just efficient and quiet--it even approaches fun, if you get your thrills from effortless low-down torque

Diesel: The Dark-Horse Contender For Cleaner, Greener Cars?

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Though about half the new cars sold in Europe are diesels, the technology has never had much traction in the United States, partly because much stricter U.S. clean air regulations made it virtually untenable. But several years ago Daimler and Volkswagen introduced cars powered by clean diesel technology capable of meeting U.S. requirements.

Supreme Court: California Cleaner-Fuels Plan OK, Oil Companies Lose Appeal

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That means the LCFS now has one fewer obstacle in its aim to encourage the adoption of cleaner fuels in the state''s cars and In an action sure to appease fans of a greener transportation future, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to decline oil and ethanol companies'' appeal to a decision to uphold California''s Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS).

Audi A4 gets cleaner

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Audi has revealed a raft of changes to its A4 as part of a midlife refresh. Cosmetically the designers have managed to give the executive car a fresh new look, with subtle changes to bumpers, grille, and headlights. However, perhaps the best news is that across the board the engineers have managed to reduce CO2 [.]. Audi A4 diesel midlife

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Hydrogen Production Gets Cleaner: Now With Lower Carbon Monoxide

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Hydrogen is often lauded as a fuel of the future--a way to offer the combined benefits of electric vehicles and combustion cars in one, simple package. The reality is a little more complicated, as you might imagine. But one of hydrogen''s long-standing issues, the cleanliness of its production, could change with a new technique. As Science Daily

Electric cars: the cleaner choice. The Green Piece

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Tuesday 28 August, 2012. The Green Piece Column. One of the things that confuses me deeply (I confess there are many things that confuse me) in the apparent rejection of electric cars is the argument that they are not any greener than combustion cars because electricity is produced from fossil fuels. While it is largely [.]. Electric cars The Green Piece electric car power generation The Green Piece Column

All Dutch electric trains now running on 100-percent renewable energy

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The cleaner an energy source, the cleaner the vehicles it powers. While modern electric cars have only been available in large numbers for a few years, electric trains have been commonplace for some time. As with electric cars, the source of the electricity used to power these trains impacts their overall carbon footprint. DON'T MISS: Alstom. Europe The Netherlands renewable energy Public transport Trains wind energy

Cleaner Cars Save You Gas, Also Save Lives, Cut Health Costs

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Cars that consume less fuel have many benefits, including lower gasoline costs. Now it turns out that they also bring significant public-health benefits, reducing health-care costs and premature deaths from cardiopulmonary causes. The challenge is that the costs and benefits aren't equally spread. The American Lung Association released a report on

Leaky Natural Gas Wells No Cleaner Than Coal, Says NOAA

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Natural gas is increasingly considered a cleaner alternative to coal when it comes to energy production--not to mention a greener alternative to gasoline when used in vehicles like the Honda Civic Natural Gas. However, a new study suggests its green credentials may be damaged by methane leaks--negating any benefit from shifting to gas from dirtier

Renault internal review proves EVs are cleaner than ICE

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An internal review by Renault, comparing its combustion Fluence to its battery-powered Z.E version, shows that while the electric model has a much higher production environmental footprint, the car more than makes up for it over the course of its lifetime. The internal review, prepared by Renaul[.].

Volkswagen aims for cleaner plants by 2018

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Car giant, Volkswagen has set itself an ambitious target of making its plants more sustainable by cutting their environmental impact by 25 per cent by 2018. The car maker’s factories must reduce their energy consumption, waste volumes, air-borne emissions, water consumption and carbon dioxide emissions to meet the target which will compare performance in 2010 [.]. Volkswagen emissions environment production Think Blue

New catalyst could lead to affordable fuel cell cars

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Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars affordable catalyst cheaper cleaner fuel cell hydrogenScientists have made a major breakthrough in the development of affordable fuel cells. One of the biggest hurdles for the use of hydrogen fuel cells in cars is the cost of the platinum used as a catalyst within the fuel cell. Increase in the demand for platinum-based catalysts could drive up the cost of platinum [.].

Modified SOFC anodes allow operation at lower temperatures with carbon-containing gases; potential for much more efficient and cleaner generation of electricity from coal

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The resulting lower-temperature SOFCs could provide a cleaner, more efficient alternative to conventional power plants for generating electricity from coal reserves.

5 African nations push for cleaner diesel fuel from European suppliers

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African nations have a very specific problem when it comes to dealing with emissions from diesel vehicles. Because of lax emissions standards, traders import fuel to these countries that is too dirty for sale elsewhere. But now a handful of African nations are taking a stand against this. DON'T MISS: Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little. Environmental emissions energy policy air pollution Africa

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

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One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for electric-car drivers is that the grids that supply their electricity have been getting cleaner--and will likely continue to do so this year and into the future.

Australia cuts green car funding in wake of floods

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billion Green Car Innovation Fund will be dropped along with the Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme as part of spending cuts to help finance rebuilding Australia’s flood-affected regions. Green credentials Australia cleaner car fund grants green car Innovation fund rebateAustralia has abolished plans to help develop greener cars and encourage consumer uptake of lower emission vehicles. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that the country’s $1.3

Rental cars are cleaner and safer than private ones, research finds

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Rental cars in the UK emit less CO2 and other air pollutants and are used more efficiently than the average privately-owned car, new research suggests. Commissioned by the industry body, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the new study found that the average CO2 emissions were [.]. Green credentials bvrla car rental co2 emissions Contract Hire

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