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New York City Begins Electrifying Its Garbage Truck Fleet

Operating at the fuel-guzzling range of 0-35 miles per hour, making continuous stops, and weighing many tons, diesel garbage trucks are prime candidates for an electrified makeover. New York City Department of Sanitation have retrofitted 12 of their garbage trucks with hybrid-electric motors and batteries from a Canadian company called Effenco, whose technology can also […]

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Biden Wants to Spend Billions to Fight Climate Change. It’s Not Enough.

Joe Biden’s new infrastructure plan is far and away the most ambitious climate change idea ever proposed by an American president. Granted this is not an especially high bar: The $2 trillion plan announced on Wednesday may be the only…

Buttigieg Asks Congress for ‘Generational Investment’ in Infrastructure

“The transportation bill, I think, needs to be a transportation bill, not a Green New Deal,” said Representative Sam Graves of Missouri, the top Republican on the committee. “It needs to be about roads and bridges, and I hope that…

Infrastructure Plan Seeks to Address Climate and Equality as Well as Roads

WASHINGTON — It’s more than just concrete and steel. President Biden’s advisers are preparing a giant infrastructure plan, which would include close to $1 trillion of spending on the construction of roads, bridges, rail lines and ports. But for a…

12 Countries Have Built Roads Out of Plastic – And They Can Perform As Well or Better Than Asphalt

This article first appeared in Yale Environment 360 and is re-printed with permission.  A road running through Accra, Ghana’s capital, looks like any other blacktop. Yet what most drivers don’t realize is that the asphalt under them contains a slurry of used plastics—shredded and melted bags, bottles, and snack wraps—that otherwise were destined for a […]

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Buttigieg’s Climate Promises: What Could He Actually Do?

WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg, President Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Transportation, vowed to make climate change a top priority during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. But that raises a question: How much can a transportation secretary realistically…

Covid Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020

WASHINGTON — America’s greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry plummeted more than 10 percent in 2020, reaching their lowest levels in at least three decades as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on the nation’s economy, according to an…

Metro Train Driver Saved By a Whale’s Tail After Crashing Through Safety Barrier

When the front carriage of a metro train near Rotterdam crashed through the safety barriers just before midnight on Sunday, the driver escaped injury thanks to a sculpture of a whale’s tail. The train was held 32 feet in the air upon one of two tail fins, known (really) as “flukes.” And, what is the […]

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Greening Our Shipping: Wind-Powered Cargo Ships Can Change Future of Freight Cutting Emissions By 90%

The global cargo shipping industry accounts for roughly 2 percent of all greenhouse emissions worldwide. Soon, an advanced clean energy ship could finally deliver an eco-friendly solution for hauling freight across the ocean. Automakers understand that ‘electrifying’ our transport sector will be crucial in lowering dangerous emissions to mitigate a climate crisis. But two areas […]

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