Forget RFS, pollution tax or cap-and-trade key to tackling air pollution

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), developed by Congress to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions and bolster the renewable fuel sector, is under review by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to reveal any changes to the program by Nov. 30. As ethanol producers and oil refiners vie for the Administration’s […]

As pollution skyrockets in India, health care costs poised to mount

Levels of pollution in India’s capital New Delhi soared on Tuesday, leading the Indian Medical Association to declare a public health emergency and prompting officials to close schools. The smog descending over the city can cause sickness and pre-mature death, and can lead to billions of dollars of additional health care costs according to a Cornell […]

Paris and Oxford plan to ban polluting cars — and mayors worldwide are paying attention

Paris policymakers want to ban all gasoline and diesel-powered cars from the City of Light by 2030. City council members in Oxford, England are pursuing a similar measure, with a plan to make their city the first zero-emission city in Britain by 2035. The proposals represent a bold policy approach to reducing carbon emissions and […]

China’s electric car switch to rattle industry, drive up price of lithium

Chinese regulators recently announced that the government is setting up a timetable to end production and sales of petrol and diesel cars. China is following the example of other countries, such as Britain and France, that announced similar moves towards cleaner vehicles in the coming years. Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert with Cornell University’s School […]

Pollution alert in Beijing reminder of high cost of climate change

Chinese officials have issued the first ever “red alert” in the capital city of Beijing with pollution levels described as “very unhealthy”. Robert Howarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor in Cornell’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has studied global warming for 40 years, particularly the impact of methane gas emissions on the environment. Howarth, […]