Emissions offsets ease travel guilt, but do they reduce carbon footprints?

Aug 17, 2021
The voluntary carbon offsets market is unregulated, with no standard pricing. And offsets may not deliver what they promise.
Though eco-conscious flyers may pay to offset their emissions, experts say a better way to reduce your carbon footprint is to fly or drive less.
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U.N.'s urgent call for emissions cuts means fewer cars, experts say

Aug 9, 2021
Climate scientists say in the U.S., the transportation sector is the largest source of carbon emissions. Expanding public transit is key, they say.
Investments in public transit could help curb U.S. emissions. Above, a subway train arrives at a Brooklyn station in New York City in November 2020.
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Automakers are in line with Biden for new direction on climate, electric cars

Feb 4, 2021
Where EV sales are now and where they may be headed, under a new administration that is expected to nudge the industry forward.
Electric car chargers on Sept. 23, 2020, in Corte Madera, California.
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Buyers love SUVs, but experts warn they come at a cost to others

Feb 13, 2020
SUVs, crossovers and pickups dominate the market. There are implications for the environment and pedestrians.
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Shipping costs likely to rise as new clean-air rules kick in for vessels on January 1

Dec 26, 2019
By how much shipping costs and the price of diesel will increase is up for debate.
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Cities pledge to lower climate change emissions

Oct 10, 2019
And they’ll look to do it without major budget impacts, because there’s no dedicated “city climate change fund.”
Los Angeles Mayor and Chair of C-40 Eric Garcetti is trying to strike a "Global Green New Deal" to lower emissions. Above, a layer of pollution hovering over L.A. in late 2017.
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California signs deal with 4 automakers to raise gas mileage

Jul 25, 2019
Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen are parties to the deal with the California Air Resources Board, which apparently is designed to pressure the administration and the rest of the auto industry into joining or reaching a compromise.
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Toxic accidents database could improve emergency planning

Apr 2, 2019
Environmental groups say people living near industrial chemical facilities could soon get better information on what’s being spewed into the air around them when accidents happen.
Sulfur in coal is a big cause of air pollution.
Reid Frazier

The U.S. is cutting carbon emissions despite Trump policy

Sep 12, 2018
A coalition of elected officials and business leaders sees progress toward Paris climate agreement targets.
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station in 2014 in Newburg, Maryland.
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Do electric vehicles reduce emissions when the electricity comes from coal?

Aug 4, 2017
Each state has its own energy sources to power EVs, making the impact different depending where you are.
The Beacon Solar Farm will provide 250 MW of renewable electricity to Southern California when it's completed this year.
Jed Kim