These NASA innovations could cut carbon emissions and save airlines billions

NASA research aimed at cutting fuel consumption, pollution and noise from airplanes could pay off for the nation’s airlines to the tune of more than $250 billion dollars, the agency said this week. Green technologies developed by the research project are expected to save billions of gallons of fuel if implemented, cutting carbon emissions and reducing air pollution in the process.

A Bailout for Volkswagen? Congress Wants to Do Something Absolutely Crazy

A VW sign is seen outside a Volkswagen dealership in London
When Volkswagen admitted to cheating on air pollution standards tests in September, it opened itself up not only to government punishment, but lawsuits from 500,000 U.S. purchasers of its “clean” diesel vehicles. Volkswagen has yet to fix the vehicles to bring them into emissions compliance, and even if it does, that will likely create a lower-performance car than consumers paid for.

U.S. files civil suit against Volkswagen for environment violations

WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a civil suit against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by installing illegal devices to impair emission control systems in 600,000 vehicles. The allegations in the lawsuit carry penalties that could cost Volkswagen billions of dollars, a senior Justice Department official said.

The Dirty Truth About ‘Clean Diesel’

MONTREAL – AS scandals go, it was a juicy one. Volkswagen, one of the world’s highest grossing automakers, persuaded consumers it had created a new generation of so-called clean diesel cars – until investigators discovered that defeat devices, which activated emissions controls only when the cars were tested, were concealing the fact that its vehicles emitted up to 40 times the permitted levels of pollutants during regular use.

Fuel-laden freighter sinks after collision with chemical tanker in Singapore Strait

Six crew members were reported missing after a freighter bearing the Antigua and Barbuda flag sank late on 16 December in the Singapore Strait, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said the freighter Thorco Cloud – laden with 560 tonnes of bunker fuel – went down after a collision with the Cayman Islands-registered chemical tanker Stolt Commitment at 8.14pm.

Wind Energy to Power GM’s Texas Assembly Plant

GM wind
Renewable power will be used to build up to 125,000 trucks a year ARLINGTON, Texas, Dec. 11 /CSRwire/ – General Motors’ Arlington Assembly plant will soon be able to build up to 125,000 trucks a year using wind power from turbines whose blades span the length of a football field in diameter.

Ford to spend $4.5 billion to launch 13 new electric vehicles by 2020

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co. says it will introduce 13 new electric vehicles worldwide by 2020, including an updated Focus sedan that will go on sale late next year. The new Focus will have fast-charging capability and an estimated 100-mile range, up from 76 miles in the current electric Focus.

Carbon emissions of shipping, aviation industry not included in COP21

Germany Plans 40 New Coal-Fired Power Plants
A draft on an international climate change agreement during the Paris COP21 talks did not make any clear reference on the shipping and aviation industry, which are big contributors to global carbon emissions. According to The Irish Times, the aviation industry contributes 3 percent to the global carbon emissions and the shipping industry is responsible for another 3 percent.