U.S. to finalize fuel efficiency rewrite through 2026: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration plans to announce on Tuesday it is finalizing its effort to roll back Obama era vehicle emissions rules and will mandate average annual increases in fuel efficiency standards of 1.5% through 2026, three people briefed on the matter said.

Trump to roll back Obama-era clean car rules in huge blow to climate fight

The rollback has drawn opposition from nearly half of states and a significant portion of the auto industry. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia, representing about half of US residents, sued over the changes. They said weakening the standards would kill about 2,000 more people and cause 50,000 more cases of respiratory illnesses, while […]

Voyager surfs Solar System’s edge

The team is now watching the direction of the field lines very carefully. Currently, they orientate east-west, wound into a spiral by the rotating Sun. But when Voyager finally breaks through into interstellar space, they are expected to shift dramatically, running north-south.

Conservationist murders threaten Costa Rica’s eco-friendly reputation

Diego Armando Saborío, a 28-year-old law student, was shot dead in his home in the mountains of northern Costa Rica last October. Saborío had often spoken out against the illegal hunting rampant in his town, and prohibited poachers from hunting on his land. Several days before the murder, local poacher Miguel Pineda had allegedly hung […]

Critics blast Trump mileage rollback, citing environment and health concerns

 “The old rule would limit consumer choice and increase the cost of purchasing a vehicle. Washington must consider what is best for the whole country. The government shouldn’t make rules that work in cities but not in rural communities,” Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOvernight Energy: House stimulus aims to stem airline pollution | Environmental measures […]

Trump administration completes rollback of Obama era fuel efficiency rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday completed a rollback of vehicle emissions standards adopted under his predecessor Barack Obama and will require 1.5% annual increases in efficiency through 2026 – far less stringent than the discarded rules.

Rising seas threaten Bay Area economy, infrastructure, environment, says most detailed study yet

Similarly, many low-lying areas along the bay have been defined in past regional planning as “priority development areas.” Nearly 30,000 housing units have been approved along San Francisco’s shoreline alone. These proposals include elevation of the existing sites by as much as 10 feet, but many environmental advocates say any new construction would be foolish.

City’s first no-go zones

Both localities are home to more than 35,000 people; BMC says seven positive cases restricted to ‘one family and a few neighbours’. The BMC on Monday sealed the Worli Koliwada after three fresh Covid-19 positive cases emerged from the locality yesterday. Four cases were reported from the locality on Sunday, prompting the BMC officials to […]

‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will the world emerge from the coronavirus crisis?

“In a totally rational world, you might assume that an international pandemic would lead to greater internationalism,” says the historian Mike Davis, a renowned American chronicler of the disasters incubated by globalisation. For Davis, who wrote a book about the threat of avian flu in 2005, pandemics are a perfect example of the kind of […]

UK faces cardboard shortage due to coronavirus crisis

Unite national officer for local authorities Jim Kennedy said: “Unite members recognise they are essential workers and want to deliver this key service, but they are becoming increasingly frightened that they, and by implication their families, are being exposed to unnecessary and needless risks, due to the flagrant disregard of contractors and councils of the […]