Uber and Lyft are adding to air pollution, campaign argues

Uber electric carEurope’s leading clean-transportation group has allied with other organizations on the Continent plus the Sierra Club in the U.S. to get the word out that in the largest, most congested cities, ride-hailing services are adding to issues with pollution and congestion—not easing them. An analysis released last week by the European group...

EPA chief Wheeler says under new rules CO2 limits will be tighter

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew WheelerThe Trump administration may be on a mission to curb environmental regulation, but EPA chief Andrew Wheeler revealed Tuesday that its new emissions rules should actually cap CO2 output at a lower levels than those set by the Obama administration. How? By removing loopholes. "In some of the out years, we’re actually more restrictive on CO2...

SUVs are 2nd-largest contributor to CO2 increase this decade

2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST Performance PackageWhile individual vehicle emissions have decreased on a per-mile basis over the past decade, shifts in consumer habits are pressuring CO2 production upward, an upcoming publication says. The growth in the SUV sector has made them the second-largest contributor to increasing CO2 emissions over the past ten years, contributing more than heavy...

See how emissions from driving have changed in your city

Traffic in Los Angeles on Google MapsDespite advances in fuel efficiency and emissions control and the proliferation of hybrid and battery-electric cars over the past three decades, CO2 emissions from transportation sources continue to rise. Data compiled by Boston University shows that the majority of that growth has come from large metropolitan areas, and in most urbanized parts of...

American commute times reached record highs in 2018

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)The average American now spends 54 minutes commuting each day (27 minutes each way), or 20 minutes more each week and 17 hours more each year than they did a decade ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Commute times have been on the rise since 1980, The Washington Post reported Monday. Over that period, Americans have sacrificed the...

California deal interrupts White House emissions rollback effort

Southern California traffic - by flickr user David R. BlumeRancor in the White House over the move by four automakers to strike a side deal with California over emissions and fuel-economy rules looks likely to further delay President Trump's plans to roll back the Obama-era standards. That's the conclusion of a report Tuesday in The New York Times, which cited four people familiar with the talks. After...