London bans Uber

London's transport authority announced Friday that it will not renew Uber's license, saying the company is not "fit and proper" to operate in the city. The move, if upheld after an appeal, could deal a serious blow to Uber's business. Transport for London cited the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offenses, and the way [...]

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Traffic pollution reaches the Himalayas

India’s notorious traffic pollution is no longer an urban malaise, its impact is now being felt 4,000 metres above sea level, in the Himalayas. Geologists have found high levels of sulphur from diesel emissions along the Manali-Leh highway that snakes through the northwestern Himalayas. Soil samples from four sites along the 480 km highway were [...]

U.S. Sues Fiat Chrysler over Software Allowing Ram Trucks to Skirt Emissions Rules

in the United States, the Justice Department has sued Fiat Chrysler, accusing it of using illegal software to bypass emissions regulations. The EPA accused Fiat Chrysler of installing the software on more than 100,000 Ram pickup trucks, allowing the car to bypass emissions control systems and spew significantly higher levels of pollution. Another car company, [...]

Birds sing shorter songs in response to traffic noise

Birds sing differently in response to traffic noise, which potentially affects their ability to attract mates and defend their territory, according to research published in Bioacoustics. The study found that a species of North American flycatcher sings shorter songs at a lower range of frequencies in response to traffic noise levels. The researchers suggest traffic [...]