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Autonomous cars and battery power giving engineers a headache

Based on Elon Musk's predictions and the number of automakers' test vehicles being rolled out, the world is headed into a future that is both driver-less and all electric. However, engineers are now facing the reality of how much electrical power EVs use.

Carbon 'budget' may be bigger than thought: study

Paris - An ambitious goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is still within reach, said researchers Monday who calculated humanity may have a larger allowable "budget" for burning carbon than previously thought.

New Yale study: Majority of Americans support a carbon tax

A Yale University study published on Thursday says 80 percent of Americans would support a carbon tax as a way to curb fossil fuel emissions, with revenue from a carbon tax being used for a variety of purposes.

Real-time power plant emissions data using Microsoft Cloud

Even though it has become easier for corporate energy buyers to source clean, renewable energy based on emissions data, the process remains convoluted. Microsoft has come up with a demonstration service using the company's Azure Cloud resources.

Ways to strengthen Canada's methane emissions rules

The deadline has passed for public input into the methane emissions rules proposed by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). A number of organizations and investors have urged the ECCC to address critical weaknesses in the regulations.

Some question the plan to close some French nuclear power plants

Paris - French environment and energy minister Nicolas Hulot told reporters at the G7 Environmental Summit on Monday that France plans to close some nuclear reactors of state-controlled utility, EDF to reduce nuclear's share in the country's power mix.

Math proves urban emissions can be cut by two-thirds

A mathematician has developed a model that shows the optimal conditions for achieving sustainable urban distribution and cut emissions.

US will continue to reduce greenhouse emissions, says Tillerson

Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday the United States will pursue unilateral efforts to curb greenhouse emissions, despite pulling out of the Paris accord.

EU drafts tougher 'Dieselgate' rules to stop cheating

Brussels - The European Union moved Monday to crack down on emissions cheating after the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal by giving the EU executive more powers to monitor testing and fine automakers.

Xcel Energy to invest billions in new wind farms in seven states

Minneapolis - Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. announced this week it is proposing to build 11 wind farms in seven states in the Southwest, the Upper Midwest, and Colorado, using Colorado-made turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for a large part of it.

Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200: study

Paris - Pollution from 2.6 million Volkswagen cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015, rigged to appear eco-friendly, will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, a study of the fraud's health impacts said Friday.

US charges Fiat Chrysler with cheating emissions standards

Washington - The United States on Thursday charged Fiat Chrysler with using software on its trucks to evade emissions standards on about 104,000 vehicles, an accusation the company immediately denied.

EU launches legal action against Germany over VW emissions scandal

Brussels - The European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions cheating exposed by the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal.

The smog in Delhi lifted — now its back with a vengeance

Delhi - Delhi, India, home to over 17 million people, is among the fastest growing states in the country. But air quality has deteriorated so much that thousands of professionals are leaving the capital, a move that could have dire effects on the economy.

German prosecutors extend 'dieselgate' probe to VW chairman

Frankfurt - German prosecutors probing whether Volkswagen executives manipulated the markets in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal have widened their investigation to include the chairman of the group's supervisory board, the auto giant said Sunday.

VW working hard to get through 'dieselgate'

Paris - Volkswagen boss Matthias Mueller said Wednesday that the troubled German automaker is using "all available resources" to work its way through the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal which has engulfed it.

U.S. President Obama applauds climate pact reached in France

Washington - The United States lauded Saturday dozens of international negotiators who hammered out a global climate agreement to limit industrial releases of greenhouse gasses contributing to the gradual warming of the atmosphere.

CO2 emissions set for historic fall in 2015, study says

Le Bourget - Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels, the main driver of man-made climate change, are set to decline this year for the first time in a period of global economic growth, said a study Monday.

Dutch govt refuses to drop appeal against greenhouse gases ruling

Den Haag - The Dutch government brushed aside calls by environmentalists and opposition parties Thursday to drop an appeal against a landmark court ruling ordering it to slash greenhouse gases by a quarter by 2020.

Experts urge Dutch govt to drop greenhouse gas appeal

Den Haag - Top global academics, lawyers and doctors are calling on the Dutch government to drop an appeal against a landmark court ruling which orders it to slash greenhouse gases by a quarter by 2020.

Dutch govt to appeal court ruling on slashing greenhouse gases

Den Haag - The Dutch government said Tuesday it would appeal a landmark court ruling ordering it to slash greenhouse gases across the country by 25 percent by 2020.

Credit scheme backfired, hiking greenhouse gases: study

Paris - A global scheme meant to keep atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) levels in check instead caused some 600 million tonnes of excess emissions, researchers said Monday.

Dutch court orders state to slash greenhouse emissions

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by at least 25 percent by 2020, in a case that could serve as a blueprint for activists around the world.

New traffic light tech reduces congestion by turning lights green

A new device fitted to the windows of cars that is being trialled in the UK aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in city streets by enabling vehicles to turn traffic lights green as they approach.

Climate pledges: Deadline sees slow but promising start

Paris - A rough deadline for Tuesday saw only 33 out of 195 countries submit pledges for tackling greenhouse gases under UN climate talks scheduled to conclude just over eight months from now.

Sweden to test wireless charging of buses on city roads in 2016

The Swedish city of Södertälje is to begin testing of a new wirelessly charged electric-hybrid city bus system on its roads in 2016 as part of efforts to reduce fuel consumption and pollution in the country.

Op-Ed: University of Toronto oil sands study excerpts, discussion Special

Scarborough - This is Part 2 of an Interview with Abha Parajulee about the study done with University of Toronto PhD supervisor Frank Wania that sheds light on emissions where oil sands production is occurring.

Op-Ed: University of Toronto researchers share oil sands study results Special

Scarborough - This is an interview with Abha Parajulee about the study done with University of Toronto PhD supervisor Frank Wania: Evaluating Officially Reported Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emissions in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region with a Multimedia Fate Model.

Toyota plans to launch zero-emission 'car of the future'

Toyota executives have announced plans to launch a fuel-cell powered car in 2015. With zero emissions and low cost, the cars are expected to be commonplace sooner than expected.

Op-Ed: U.S. faces dilemma at Doha climate talks over compensation

Doha - The principle of Loss and Damage would see rich countries being required to compensate poor countries for losses due to climate change. The U.S. has strongly opposed any compensation agreement.
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