As emissions spike, VW announces an end to oil-powered cars

CC BY 2.0 Marco Verch The timeline needs some work. But this is a start… In yet more disturbing climate news, carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018 , dashing the hopes of folks who had celebrated a temporary stall between 2014 and 2016 as a turning point. It’s clear that emissions reductions are going to have to drastically pick up pace if we’re to head off the worst dangers of climate change. Yet despite the current direction of travel, there are signs that a turning point could be—ahem—around the corner. Maersk just committed to phasing out carbon emissions from shipping by 2050 . A US utility just pledged to go carbon free (admittedly following in the footsteps of other utilities around the world who have already achieved this ); and US coal plant retirements are still at record highs . Now let’s add another data-point to the mix. As Bloomberg reports, Volkswagen have just announced the end of the oil-powered car . Specifically, they’ve pledged that the generation of cars currently being worked on is the last that isn’t ‘CO2 neutral’. What exactly that means is a little unclear. The Bloomberg report suggests there may still be […]

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