Court in Germany paves the way for the immediate ban of older diesel vehicles

May 22, 2018 by  
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The top administrative court in Germany has issued a ruling that empowers municipalities to ban older diesel vehicles, effective immediately, in pursuit of cleaner air. This decision comes only one day after the European Commission filed a complaint with the European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union (EU), that cited Germany for its cities’ continued failure to meet EU standards on nitrogen dioxide (NO?) levels. “Such restrictions, in their intensity, do not go beyond other passage and stopping bans as justified by road law requirements, which motorists always have to reckon with and which they principally have to accept,” the court said in a 30-page statement. The recent ruling and how cities respond will have significant consequences for European automakers such as Volkswagen , which have invested heavily in diesel vehicles. Diesel is known to create less greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change while emitting greater amounts of other pollutants that can cause respiratory disease. In Germany, a more dramatic diesel ban may undermine the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, which has been criticized for its closeness to the industry. “This ruling is a disaster for the government which one-sidedly stands in for the greed for profit by the carmakers while leaving 10 million owners of manipulated diesel cars alone,” Juergen Resch, managing director of Germany’s DUH environmental lobby, told Eco News . Related: Rome is banning all oil-burning cars by 2024 Once imposed, diesel bans could remove millions of vehicles from the road almost immediately. Only 2.7 million of the 15 million active diesel vehicles in Germany meet the EU emissions standards. The court recommended gradual implementation of bans, starting with the removal of the most polluting vehicles. The court’s decision is the most recent policy change following the 2015 Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal . Via Eco News Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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UPM Biofore Concept Uses Trees to Create a More Sustainable Car

March 20, 2014 by  
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UPM and students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences have teamed up to create the Biofore concept car that showcases how biomaterials can be implemented to make future vehicles more sustainable. By replacing traditional plastic parts with biomaterials such as wood, for example, UPM shows how cars and other industrial applications need not rely so heavily on oil-based products. Read the rest of UPM Biofore Concept Uses Trees to Create a More Sustainable Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biocomposite materials , diesel engine , Diesel Fuel , green car , green transportation , Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences , sustainable car , upm , UPM Biofore Concept , Wood        

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Crop-Ravaging Worm Evolves to Eat Bioengineered Corn

March 20, 2014 by  
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In a giant case of “we told you so”, a group of scientists from Iowa State University published a report this week citing evidence that corn rootworms have evolved to become resistant to Bt corn. The artificially engineered plant contains genes from Bacillus thuringiensis that allow the cells to produce toxins that used to kill large numbers of corn worms and root borers. Despite the warnings raised by the scientific community, farmers and seed companies planted large swaths of Bt corn without creating non-engineered corn refuges, thereby facilitating the pest’s resistance. Now, Bt corn accounts for three-quarters of the U.S. corn crop, and is in great danger of being wiped out by superbugs . Read the rest of Crop-Ravaging Worm Evolves to Eat Bioengineered Corn Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aaron gassmann , bacillus thuringiensis , bioengineered crops , bt corn , chemical pesticide , corn borers , GMO , illinois , iowa , iowa state university , midwest , Minnesota , monocrop , Nebraska , south dakota        

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Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

November 12, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The remote Pacific Island territory of Tokelau has officially become the world’s first solar-powered nation ! The population of 1,411 people decided to end their reliance on around 2,000 barrels of diesel each year, and instead install 4032 photovoltaic panels and 1344 batteries to produce 150 percent of the populations’ energy needs . While the vast majority of power will be provided by the solar systems, it will be supplemented by biofuels produced from locally-sourced—and plentiful— coconuts . Read the rest of Pacific Tokelau Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Nation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% renewable energy , coconut biofuel , coconut fuel , coral atolls , Diesel Fuel , energy independence , first solar powered nation , New Zealand , pacific island , powersmart , Solar Power , Tokelau , tokelau renewable energy project , trep

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