MIT Technology Review reports on the announcement that four global capital cities will be banning diesel cars from 2025 – Athens, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris – in order to improve air quality and drive adoption of electric vehicles.
Luxury cruises are increasingly popular but can come with huge environmental costs around ports and whilst at sea, due to sulfur and other harmful particulates from the heavy fuel oil burnt by most ships. Royal Caribbean is aiming to reduce such emissions from future cruise liners through a combination of liquefied natural gas and fuel cells from the early 2020’s.
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Inhabitat reports that Germany will require all new cars to be emissions free by 2030. This follows recent talk in Norway of similar plans with a target date of 2025.
The BBC reports on a promising new method for storing CO2, tested by researchers in Iceland. From the article:
The researchers report an experiment in Iceland where they have pumped CO2 and water underground into volcanic rock.
Reactions with the minerals in the deep basalts convert the carbon dioxide to a stable, immobile chalky solid.
Even more encouraging, the team writes in Science magazine, is the speed at which this process occurs: on the order of months.