Astronomers spot the most distant star ever seen 9 billion light-years away

April 2, 2018 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to undo Obama -era greenhouse gas emission regulations and fuel economy standards that were designed to encourage the development of cleaner, more efficient vehicles. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt will likely describe the move as lifting burdensome regulations on automakers to support the production of cheaper vehicles, but it doesn’t account for the costs of increased air pollution and continued climate change. Left in place, the rules would have reduced oil consumption by about 12 billion barrels while reducing carbon dioxide pollution by about six billion tons over the lifetime of vehicles produced under the regulations. The rules that are set to be rolled back under the Trump Administration were created in 2012 as one of President Obama’s major initiatives to combat climate change . If allowed to be fully implemented, the rules would have required automakers to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Some worry that the United States ‘s decision to step away from stricter emissions standards could set a dangerous precedent around the world. “The concern is that automakers will go around the world basically trying to lobby regulators, saying, look, because the United States has reduced the pace, everywhere else should too,” Anup Bandivadekar, a researcher at the International Council on Clean Transportation, told the New York Times . Related: Congress rejects Trump’s renewable energy budget cuts While American automakers had initially lobbied the Trump Administration for more relaxed standards, they did not expect to see a complete repeal of the rules. “We didn’t ask for that,” claimed Robert Bienenfeld , assistant vice president for environment and energy strategy at American Honda Motor. “The position we outlined was sensible.” In a blog post, Ford Motor Company chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Hackett wrote that “we support increasing clean car standards through 2025 and are not asking for a rollback.” The relaxed standards proposed by automakers were viewed as less likely to cause a showdown with California and the dozen other states that follow its lead on strict environmental standards. Now, California is preparing for battle. “We’re going to defend first and foremost existing federal greenhouse gas standards,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told the New York Times . “We’re defending them because they’re good for the entire nation. No one should think it’s easy to undo something that’s been not just good for the country, but good for the planet .” Via the New York Times Images via Depositphotos and the White House

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Meridian Line launches ethically sourced, organic cotton jeans for the outdoors

April 2, 2018 by  
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Adventure calling? Gear up with Meridian Line, a range of eco-friendly denim designed for conquering the great outdoors. Available for pre-ordering through Kickstarter , the men’s and women’s jeans infuse ethically sourced organic cotton with two percent spandex to allow “freedom of movement without looking like you just stepped out of yoga class,” according to the Kansas City, Missouri–based firm. Meridian Line is the brainchild of artist Jeremy Collins, who launched the company with a series of graphic T-shirts and accessories in 2014. Two years later, Collins enlisted Benji Thrasher, formerly the lead designer at Prana , to kick Meridian Line’s offerings up a notch; the jeans emerged from the drawing board shortly after. But active performance isn’t the denim’s only twist. Each pair of pants also boasts artwork by Collins on the inner pockets, yoke, and turn-ups. The print is based on one of Collins’s signature pieces: a greenery-ringed compass inset with a salmon and an eagle at play (or perhaps prey?) in a yin-yang configuration. Meridian Line’s denim is “built for outdoor activities, travel, and a casual, dareful, or professional lifestyle,” Collins and Thrasher said. “Our jeans are made to go wherever you do: urban, mountain, or board meeting.” Prices for both men’s and women’s styles start at an accessible $79, or 20 percent less than what the jeans will cost when they hit retail outlets later this year. If you’re looking for the whole top-to-toe look, a pledge of $105 will snag you a pair of jeans, an exclusive tee, and a trucker hat. + Meridian Line at Kickstarter + Meridian Line

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US vehicle emissions hit record low as fuel economy climbs to record high

November 4, 2016 by  
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The transportation sector accounts for 26 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Recognizing the opportunity to reduce carbon pollution from vehicles to mitigate climate change , in 2012 the Obama Administration mandated 54.5 miles per gallon fuel efficiency standards for the model year 2025. The auto industry is not only responding – it’s outperforming. A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds that compared to 2014, the average fuel economy of model year 2015 vehicles increased 0.5 mpg to a record high 24.8 mpg. New vehicle carbon dioxide emissions averaged 358 grams per mile — 7 grams per mile better than required by the 2015 greenhouse gas emissions standard and a 13 gram per mile improvement over the 2014 requirement. “Car buyers can go to the showroom knowing that no matter what kind of vehicle they buy, it will be better for the climate – and their wallets – than ever before,” Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said in a statement . “This report highlights that the industry is providing vehicles that customers want, while reaching new levels of environmental performance.” Related: US sues Volkswagen for up to $90 billion for violating the Clean Air Act The EPA attributes the fourth consecutive year of automakers outperforming GHG standards and the record high fuel economy to new fuel-efficient technologies such as “turbo charging, engine downsizing, more sophisticated transmissions, vehicle weight reduction, aerodynamics and idle stop-start, along with improved accessories and air conditioning systems.” Car manufacturers are increasingly using lighter materials like aluminum and high-strength steel to achieve weight loss and increase fuel economy. 2015 model year vehicles were on average 25 pounds lighter than the previous year. The EPA estimates that the GHG emissions standards have slashed nearly 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions. However, Grundler recently warned that even steeper fuel economy standards will be needed in order for the US to meet climate targets called for in the Paris climate agreement . “What we know is, just from the math, if we’re going to achieve what science tells us we need to achieve by 2050, we’re going to need to see a lot of zero and near-zero emissions technology coming into the fleet,” Grundler told Bloomberg Politics . “Facts are facts.” + EPA fuel economy trends report + EPA manufacturer performance report Via Phys.org Images via Public Domain and Wikimedia

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7 Fuel-Efficient Car Options That Aren’t Hybrids

October 3, 2016 by  
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I’ve learned from renting cars and going on road trips with friends that the fuel economy of different vehicles varies widely. Although some of this relates to the condition of a car, such as having deflated tires or a clogged air filter,…

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Mitsubishi president and VP to resign amidst fuel-economy scandal

May 23, 2016 by  
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President of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Tetsuro Aikawa announced his impending resignation in response to the publicity of the automaker’s fuel economy data manipulation. Both he and vice president Ryugo Nakao will step down on June 24, at which time Nissan will become the company’s biggest shareholder in an attempt to turn around the brand in the eyes of Japanese consumers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elxcnyyVC5w Last month the company admitted to using improper fuel economy tests…

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Hankook’s Revolutionary Airless i-Flex Tire is Puncture-Proof and 95% Recyclable

February 21, 2015 by  
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Unlike the automobile , the pneumatic car tire has undergone little innovation over the past 100 years. Now Korean manufacturer Hankook is giving the humble wheel a makeover with the i-Flex, an airless tire that is light, puncture-proof, and made from 95% recyclable materials! Read the rest of Hankook’s Revolutionary Airless i-Flex Tire is Puncture-Proof and 95% Recyclable Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airless car tire , automobile , Bridgestone , emembrane , flat tire , frankfurt auto show , geometric cell , hankook , korea , polaris , recyclable materials , tire maunfacturer , tire pressure , university of cincinnati. fuel economy , wheel

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Recipe: Vegan sesame spinach noodles for Chinese New Year

February 21, 2015 by  
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Get into the Chinese New Year’s spirit with this recipe for vegan sesame spinach noodles. Unlike the greasy Americanized Chinese food that most people are familiar with, this dish is light and healthy. Grab your favorite veggies and get creative. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chinese food , chinese new year recipes , chinese recipes , chinese vegan recipes , Sesame noodle recipe , Sesame noodles , vegan chinese , vegan recipes , vegan sesame noodles

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The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

February 21, 2015 by  
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Electrics, Hybrids Help Push U.S. Fuel Economy to Record High in 2013

January 14, 2014 by  
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Average fuel economy for U.S. vehicles set a record 24.8 miles per gallon in calender year 2013. This is up one gallon over 2012 and an increase of 4.7 mpg since October 2007, the month and year the University of Michigan Transportation Institute began monitoring fuel economy. The increase in fuel economy can be partly attributed to the growing number of electric vehicles and hybrids on the road. Sales climbed to 578,000 units in 2013, up more than 10,000 units from 2012, which represents around 3.7 percent of all new car sales last year. Read the rest of Electrics, Hybrids Help Push U.S. Fuel Economy to Record High in 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric vehicles , fuel economy , fuel efficiency , hybrids , leaf , miles per gallon , NISSAN , Pruis , Toyota , U.S. vehicles , University of Michigan Transportation Institute        

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Average New Car Fuel Economy Rises to Record 24.9 MPG

September 13, 2013 by  
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The Obama Administration’s aggressive fuel economy standards appear to be paying off. A multi-year study from the  University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finds that the average sales-weighted fuel-economy rating of purchased new vehicles in August 2013 reached 24.9 miles per gallon, which is nearly five miles per gallon more than when researchers began collecting data in October 2007. Read the rest of Average New Car Fuel Economy Rises to Record 24.9 MPG Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autos , cars , EPA Fuel Economy Guide , fuel economy , fuel economy standards , fuel effficiency , obama administration , obama administration green , University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute        

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