Environmental

Chevrolet Aveo The Most Toxic New Car?
Chevrolet Aveo The Most Toxic New Car?

Do you avoid drinking out of clear plastic water bottles, using antiperspirants with aluminum, or cooking in non-stick pans? Use a water purifier and ionizer everywhere you go, always buy organic, mind your cold-water fish list, and have your tap water checked yearly? If so, we've found either a...Read More»

2010 Honda Dog Friendly Element
Do Dogs Leave A Larger Footprint Than SUVs?

Are dogs worse for the environment than SUVs? You'll find a number of sources trumpeting the widely publicized results from New Zealand researchers, concluding that yes, dogs are worse for the planet than SUVs. But don't kick out the hound quite yet and head for the Hummer dealership; according to...Read More»

Flower developed by Toyota to offset emissions from its Prius facility
Toyota Develops A New Plant (But Not The Kind You Think)

Global warming's a hot topic these days (no pun intended), but there's another that's even hotter: geoengineering, or using technology to decrease atmospheric temperatures rather than forcing changes in human behavior. Most geoengineering plans are a little wacky (e.g. floating 16 trillion mirrors...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Ten Most Fuel-Efficient Cars For '10

Most ordinary gasoline models look like guzzlers next to the hybrids—and a few compact diesel models—that dominate the upper echelon of this year's EPA fuel economy ratings. For instance, according to the EPA's Fuel Economy Guide information released last week, a 2010 Toyota Prius will cost...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
German Luxury Brands Face Uncertain Future In U.S.

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, new fuel efficiency and emissions regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation could have a serious impact on gas-guzzling luxury vehicles. If approved as they stand in draft form, the regulations provide very...Read More»

gas pump
Automakers: More Ethanol In Gas Might Lead To More Problems

Fill up at almost any pump today and you're likely to see a reminder that what you think of as gasoline can contain up to 10 percent ethanol. The effect of that much ethanol on your car is relatively benign; it's been allowed since 1978 and over more than three decades the ethanol, mostly sourced...Read More»

2010 Jeep Liberty - user guide and DVD
Chrysler Slims Down—Owner’s Manuals, That Is

If you’re the type of buyer who, upon taking delivery of a new car, reads the owner’s manual from cover to cover, you might be a little disappointed to find that these tomes are missing from new 2010 Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep products. Beginning with the 2010 model year, Chrysler will be the...Read More»

Meguiar's New Paint Collection
Risky Old Car-Care Products: How To Identify, Dispose Of Them

Do you have an old tin of car wax, or a bottle of car-wash concentrate that’s more than a few years old? Don’t use it; they likely contain so-called volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are dangerous for health and the environment. They've been tightly regulated by California and have been...Read More»

Parking lot
Free Parking Is Apparently Anything But Free

In The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup breaks down the real expense of free lots and garages (e.g. the kind at malls) and finds that they frequently run five figures per parking space. Developers may pay for it up front, but the public pays in terms of air quality, a rise in commercial...Read More»

'Please Stop the Idling' rap, sponsored by Livable Streets Initiative
Not-So-Idle Kids Rap About Idling In Traffic

We're all about education here at TCC, and we think programs like the Livable Streets Initiative's "Street Films" project are pretty gosh darned awesome -- especially when they encourage kids to think about transportation, the environment, pollution, and anything else besides MySpace and the...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
Audi Says Diesel Isn't a Dirty Word for Familes to Fear

Diesel equals smelly and dirty, right? Wrong! GreenCarReports.com highlights this with more information on how far diesel cars have come. More than half the cars in Europe are powered by diesel fuel. Why? Because diesel can be made from oil other than light, sweet crude, we don't have to work quite...Read More»

Pile of junk cars
Cash For Clunkers: Junk Legislation?

As our own Richard Read reported this morning, there's news from Capitol Hill that the "Cash For Clunkers" legislation is moving forward. Who could be against a program that speeds up the elimination of bad, evil vehicles, helping bunnies and wild flowers to breath more easily across the globe? As...Read More»

Toyota Prius at US Capitol, by Flickr user Izik
California Already Looking Beyond 35 MPG

With the ink hardly dry on new 35-mpg fuel economy rules, California's already embarking on the next set of guidelines for emissions beyond 2016. Reuters reports that the California Air Resources Board is "immediately getting to work on what the standards should be" beyond 2016, said the board's...Read More»

Duck Punch
CAFE + Cash for Clunkers: The One-Two Punch to Your Wallet

Ready for a Ford Focus that costs as much as a Fusion--or a more expensive used car? Today's announcement of new fuel-economy regulations by the Obama administration means the price of a new car is going up--and at the same time, used cars might get pricey as well in a one-two punch to consumers...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Show Car
The 42-MPG Era Is Here: Obama's New Fuel Economy Rules Coming Tomorrow

America's car and trucks will be subject to a much tougher fuel economy standard, if President Obama's new plan to fuse the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mileage standards to a proposed California mileage rule becomes law. The New York Times reports today that the President will...Read More»

2010 Subaru Forester with green-roof option
2010 Subaru Forester Gets Revolutionary 'Green Roof' Option

Nature-loving lesbians everywhere will surely rejoice at the introduction of Subaru's new environmentally-friendly, CO2 reducing, organic rooftop carpeting just announced for its award-winning 2010 Forester model. Subaru announced today it will soon be offering this new Green Roof option to its...Read More»

Tata Nano
Tata Nano Hits The Market, Environmentalists Sound Alarm

Many have hailed Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors, for doing what seemed the impossible; designing, engineering, and building a incredibly cheap vehicle (approximately $2,000), The Tata Nano, which promises to both reduce traffic fatalities and extend the freedom of personal transportation to...Read More»

2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 engine
New Type Of Re-Gen Braking To Yield Air/Gasoline Hybrid Car?

The concept of re-generative braking is not new; gasoline/electric hybrids have been using the concept for some time to turn deceleration of mass into electron storage. But a team from the Institute of Engineering and Design at Brunel University in west London claim to have found a clever way to...Read More»

toilet paper
Toilet Paper Even Less Eco-Friendly Than Hummer H2?

Tender U.S. backsides are, so say environmentalists, wreaking more environmental devastation than their owners' thirsty gas-guzzling cars, sprawling McMansions, or penchant for fast food. But why - and how - are American derrieres causing more destruction than foreign fannies? The U.K.'s Guardian...Read More»