Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Those politicians, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, have argued that the proposed rules do not give regulators sufficient oversight of self-driving car safety.Time to get everyone in line, though, is running out: If legislators don’t pass this bill by the end of the year, both the House and Senate will have to start over from scratch in the new Congress.

GM's Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

GM's Job Cuts Are Another Sign of a Future With Fewer Cars

The automaker showed off a crossover EV, the Buick Velite 6, at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, and said it plans to start selling the vehicle in China next year.

Giving a Fresh Eye to a Classic—and Quivery—Dessert

Giving a Fresh Eye to a Classic—and Quivery—Dessert

I wrote it down with the rest of my personal work ideas and it sat on that list for a little while until I started assembling a team of stylists that I thought would be good for this.Michelle Gatton and I have worked on a number of different personal and commercial food projects and I knew she would be up for creating some funky Jell-O molds.

A New Overwatch Hero and Telltale’s Death Throes Top the Week in Gaming News

A New Overwatch Hero and Telltale’s Death Throes Top the Week in Gaming News

Let's get to it.Ashe Is the Newest Cowboy in Overwatch, a Game With a Surprising Number of CowboysGames like Overwatch grow via the introduction of new characters, playable heroes that expand the roster and change up the climate of play in casual and competitive modes.

Tesla's Booming Model 3 Sales and More This Week in the Future of Cars

Tesla's Booming Model 3 Sales and More This Week in the Future of Cars

The tech doesn’t exactly exist yet, but he’d like to convince city governments to give it a chance.Virgin Hyperloop OneWe spend a lot of time talking to researchers here at WIRED Transport.

Apple Abandons the Mass Market, as the iPhone Turns Luxury

Apple Abandons the Mass Market, as the iPhone Turns Luxury

That means speaking to as an aspirational clientele for whom brand, form, and function are all of a part, and where the higher price point is at times a sotto voce aspect of the appeal.It is hard to argue with that strategy, although it does make Apple a different sort of company than it was a decade ago, away from owning the market with a range of prices and products and toward a premier provider in a mass world.

German Car Industry Warns CO2 Targets Risk Jobs

German Car Industry Warns CO2 Targets Risk Jobs

European targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions threaten jobs in the bloc, Germany's powerful car industry federation said on Oct. 10 after ministers set new goals. European ministers reached a hard-fought deal on Oct. 9 to reduce CO2 emitted from new cars by 35% by 2030.

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

(IW 500/4) plans to propose that federal regulators embrace a nationwide electric-car sales program starting in 2021, patterned on California’s so-called zero emission vehicle sales mandate that requires manufacturers to sell more EVs each year.

Methane is a potent pollutant – let’s keep it out of the atmosphere

Methane is a potent pollutant – let’s keep it out of the atmosphere

According to the New York Times report, the US Environmental Protection Agency is set to relax a series of rules on methane emissions currently imposed on the US oil and gas industry, including a reduced frequency in checking for leaks and an extended grace period before repairs must be made.

The Latest Battleground for Chipmakers: Self-Driving Cars

The Latest Battleground for Chipmakers: Self-Driving Cars

In 2016, Qualcomm made a $44 billion bid for NXP, the world’s largest maker of automotive chips, but the deal collapsed due to regulatory issues in China."The automotive market is becoming the new battleground for the semiconductor industry," Handy says.

We Know Exactly How to Stop Wildfires—With Money

We Know Exactly How to Stop Wildfires—With Money

Except if you don’t reduce the number of trees, and if you then also try to put out every fire, and allow runaway climate change to make droughts and heat waves worse … the boreal forests of North America will continue to literally go up in smoke, erasing the landscape and spewing climate-changing carbon into the atmosphere.Everyone pretty much agrees on how to deal with our new Burning World: Stop trying to suppress fire and start managing that land to restore a more natural (less intense) fire regime.

Climate change: the Brexit threat

Climate change: the Brexit threat

There is a tacky interface between industry and government when it comes to public health or the environment, and it is abundantly clear that Brexit is fatally shifting the balance towards deregulation (“Green watchdog will lack bite after Brexit”, News).

The E.P.A.’s Review of Mercury Rules Could Remake Its Methods for Valuing Human Life and Health

The E.P.A.’s Review of Mercury Rules Could Remake Its Methods for Valuing Human Life and Health

The formulas are complex, but the bottom line is that reducing the emphasis on health makes it tougher to justify a rule.Last week the Trump administration took a crucial step toward de-emphasizing the life and health benefits in this calculus when the Environmental Protection Agency said it would rethink a major regulation that restricts mercury emissions by coal-burning power plants.

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

But while total emissions reduced at an economy-wide level, and in some sectors at certain times, none of the sectors improved consistently at the rate needed to achieve the Paris climate targets.

America’s Spaceport Boom Is Outpacing the Need to Go to Space

America’s Spaceport Boom Is Outpacing the Need to Go to Space

From Colorado's shiny new station, located at the Front Range Airport in Adams County, and the 10 other spaceports in the US, private companies hope to launch rockets and spaceplanes that will carry rich astro-tourists and satellites.

Fighting historic wildfires amid bad ideas and no funding

Fighting historic wildfires amid bad ideas and no funding

What’s needed is a national wildfire strategy such as the one proposed by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers several years ago. And finally, what’s needed is for the federal government to restore funding for the Canadian Forest Service to at least 1990s levels, when it employed 2,200 people.

IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

It seems the devices’ graphic processing units, or GPUs, designed to render flying gore and mayhem, also ran physics simulations faster than the CPUs in ordinary computers.Today, researchers still use GPU chips, not just for modeling but for artificial intelligence.

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

How could developed countries tweak their automobile policies to solve climate change?For Germany to meet emissions targets, “half of the people who now use their cars alone would have to switch to bicycles, public transport, or ride-sharing,” Heinrich Strößenreuther, a Berlin-based consultant for mobility strategies told YaleEnvironment360's Christian Schwägerl last fall.

Chevron Says Climate Change Fallout No Quick Threat to Oil

Chevron Says Climate Change Fallout No Quick Threat to Oil

Climate change is critical to future energy markets but its effect on Chevron Corp.’s oil and gas business will be minimal for decades to come, according to a company report.

World Shipping Industry Agrees to Reduce Carbon Emissions 50% by 2050

World Shipping Industry Agrees to Reduce Carbon Emissions 50% by 2050

Shipping and aviation are two sectors that were not covered by the United Nations climate agreement, a deal struck in Paris in 2015 to cap global warming at "well under" 2.0 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.

Plastic Makers' Credit Ratings May Be Hit by Pollution Rules

Plastic Makers' Credit Ratings May Be Hit by Pollution Rules

Makers of packaging for the food and beverage industry may also have similar issues, Wagner said. Moody’s analysts plan to scrutinize how the trend impacts companies, though plastic risk hasn’t prompted any change in credit ratings yet, Wagner said.