Tonographer/Shutterstock As temperatures around the globe inch up, world leaders are cracking down on the second largest source of climate change: fossil fuels used in transportation, which account for more than half of a typical household’s carbon dioxide emissions. Countries including the United Kingdom, France, China, and India have promised to shift from gas- and diesel-powered cars to electric vehicles by 2050 (or earlier, depending on the country), rewarding owners of electric-powered vehicles in the meantime. At least eight states have made their own goals to sell only zero-emissions vehicles over the next 35 years, and the federal U.S. government could follow the trend. Check out these 50 things you won’t believe are already banned in the United States.
Driving a car
VeronikaChe/Shutterstock California recently agreed to allow manufacturers to test self-driving cars on public roads—a sign that we’re on track to have driverless cars transport humans by the 2030s, as some automakers expect. If those autonomous cars do succeed in eliminating human error (and car accidents along with it), there could be a push to get the more dangerous human-controlled vehicles off the road. “People may outlaw driving cars because it’s too dangerous,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during a 2015 tech conference. “You can’t have a person driving a 2-ton death machine.” Don’t miss these everyday things you didn’t realize are illegal.