Electric vehicles would lower emissions, but if their lower running costs lead to increased car use that creates a whole lot of other costs for our cities.
About seven times as many Americans are working from home since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Working from home has become the new norm for many during the pandemic. But it's an opportunity that divides along racial and economic lines – and isn't as beneficial to the environment as many believe.
Removing engine idling would be like removing up to 1.6 million cars from the road.
You can reduce your fuel consumption by 15-20% with improved driving habits alone – reducing emissions and saving money at the same time.
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Researchers built cheap air quality monitors using parts found at hardware and electronics scores. The results have big implications for anyone who travels outside near busy roads.
Household actions lead to changes in collective behaviour and are an essential part of social movements.
Households generate a large share of national greenhouse gas emissions and can take steps to reduce them.
Traffic congestion on the M5 motorway in Sydney. Government assumptions that Australian cars are becoming more fuel efficient are incorrect, research shows.
Surprise findings have revealed that Australia's cars are getting less fuel efficient. This is bad news for the hip-pockets of motorists - and for the climate.
Legislative action regarding vehicle emissions is overdue, and needs urgent attention by the federal government.
This shocking figure comes from our back-of-the-envelope calculations looking at the effect of forcing more efficient engines on the Australian market.
A new plug-in electric truck is in development, along with an electric SUV.
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Researchers have found a way to evaluate how energy-efficient electric vehicles are, and compare the sizes and costs of batteries for different models.
Children’s travel needs are a big factor in private car use.
The private car is the default transport option for many families. This reduces physical activity and increases greenhouse gas emissions, with unhealthy results for their children and the environment.
Britain will need many thousands more charging stations.
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The road to an electric future needs to be paved with more than good intentions.
When we look at the latest car models we want fast cars, all-terrain cars or cars to fit the whole family. What about an environmentally friendly car?
The Australian market is awash with highly polluting cars. But there are a couple of key resources to help you find the best vehicle that fits your needs.
Diesel engines have been demonised for their emissions but the technology has already cleaned up its act.
Just think of it as a battery that can also take you to the shops.
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By boosting the demand for energy from the grid, electric cars could help create an incentive for more renewable energy investment, while smoothing over issues with supply and demand.
An emissions cap could save Australians up to A$500 each year in fuel costs.
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The Australian government is considering a cap on car emissions, and the savings in fuel and health costs mean there's no reason to delay.
Want cleaner air? Stop leaving your car engine running while you’re stopped at lights or waiting for a passenger, and demand better regulations from the government.
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Australia needs stronger policy aimed at curbing air pollution, but the options currently on the table fall short. For now, we could all aim to drive less and turn off the engine when the car is idle.
Volkswagen HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany, where it all began.
Fallout from the Volkswagen case shows how scandals can give virtuous organisations a competitive edge and help industries evolve.
Total emissions are coming down. But many people still live in cities with poor air quality.
While action on air pollution is welcome, there may be better ways to cut car emissions.
Carbon dioxide standards for cars are the cheapest way to cut emissions.
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Carbon standards for cars are the cheapest way to cut emissions, and will save drivers money.