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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How the blockchain will disrupt energy markets

October 3, 2016 by  
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One big obstacle to a distributed grid is the decades-old transaction model. Now, the cryptography behind the Bitcoin digital currency could rewrite the rules.

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Lessons on climate leadership, from ballet dancers

October 3, 2016 by  
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How a Climate Week arts event provided insights on how we might better collaborate.

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How do we keep climate action on track after Paris?

June 20, 2016 by  
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The Paris Agreement was a step towards a climate-resilient future; now, negotiators must create the rules and guidelines to govern it.

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Dads, daughters and sustainability — a view from the road

June 20, 2016 by  
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Recently, I had the luxury of spending a week on the road to drive my daughter Sofija back home to Minneapolis from Oregon, where she goes to college. We covered over 2300 miles in five days in a rented Ford Fusion Hybrid. (The car was a revelation — 44 miles per gallon, a beautifully designed interior and enough cargo space for five suitcases, a bag of trail mix and five chocolate bars.)

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What makes a sustainable product?

June 20, 2016 by  
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From 3M to Johnson & Johnson and BASF, companies define environmental impact in different ways.

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Volkswagen diesel apology tour spurs big new EV push

June 20, 2016 by  
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The German automaker plans to launch 30 all-electric models by 2025 in wake of last year’s emissions scandal.

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Ford tests roadmap for smarter telemedicine

May 14, 2013 by  
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In India, advanced information technologies coupled with SUVs are rewriting the rules for sustainable rural health care.

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Jeffrey Hollender and the critical need to change the rules

November 11, 2012 by  
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One of the pioneers of green products and sales reflects on where sustainability has been, and where it needs to go.

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Sustainability policy careers: Changing the rules of the game

October 23, 2012 by  
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Neither business nor policy can adequately address sustainability alone. What if you could combine the two?

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