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It's all very well painting cycle lanes onto roads - but we must do far, far more than that to make cycling a safe and pleasant transport option. Photo: Cian Ginty via Flickr.

To keep cyclists safe will need deep, radical change

Ian Walker

19th July 2014

The Commons Transport Committee has advised Government to budget £10 per head to create a safe cycling environment, writes Ian Walker. But that's grossly underestimating the challenge ahead - a major rethink of planning, health and transport policies is needed. more...
A Jarawa woman and boy by the side of the Andaman Trunk Road. Photo: © Salomé / Survival.

Andaman tribe threatened by illegal 'human safari' road upgrade

The Ecologist

15th July 2014

An illegal road on India's Andaman Islands has already opened up a 55,000 year old tribe to disease, sexual abuse and the theft of their resources. But instead of closing the road, local politicians are upgrading it with two new bridges. more...
Could high speed railways transform the economy of England's ailing North? Photo: trains at Manchester Piccadilly station by Roger Marks.

Put high speed rail where it can really help - in the North of England

Ian Wray

30th June 2014

High speed railways connecting Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Huddersfield and Sheffield could transform the economy of the north of England, writes Ian Wray - creating a new mega-city that could challenge London's over-dominance. more...
Improving public transport is one of the key measures that could cut GHG emissions, increase 'gross world product' by $2.6 trillion and save a million lives. Photo: Mumbai bus by Patrik M. Loeff via Flickr.

World Bank: tackle global warming and add $2 trillion to global economy, save a million lives

Chris Rose

30th June 2014

Tackling global warming with better public transport, increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean cookstoves, better waste management could increase global GDP by $2.6 trillion. The alternative is growing risk from harshening climates ... more...
The Arctic Red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, is causing ecological havoc as it devours its way down Norway's coast. It can reach a leg-span of 1.8m. Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Wikimedia Commons.

The Arctic shipping boom - a bonanza for invasive exotic species

Natasha Geiling / Smithsonian

27th June 2014

As the Arctic warms and its ice melts, growing numbers freight ships are reaping big savings from the 'Arctic short cut'. But this is creating a huge risk of invasive species spreading in ballast water and on hulls - disrupting both Arctic and temperate ecosystems. more...
Just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales (pictured), on common land high above Ebbw Vale, developers want to build a 3.5 mile motor racing complex. Photo: Ross Merritt via Flickr.

The upland commons of South Wales are no place for a motor sports complex

Kate Ashbrook

14th June 2014

Developers are determined to build a massive motor sports complex on common land above the South Wales valleys, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, writes Kate Ashbrook. But although they have planning permission, they can still be defeated ... more...
Tesla Model S electric cars at the company's 2014 AGM. Photo: Steve Jurvetson / Wikimedia Commons.

Tesla's techno-cars - the right answer to the wrong question

Nicola Spurling

9th June 2014

There is more to sustainable transport than cutting emissions, writes Nicola Spurling - like reducing car dependence, cutting congestion, and reducing the need for travel. The Tesla Model S is a wonder of engineering, but does little to address the real challenges. more...
The road is up to 60 metres wide. Photo: Finer M, Pappalardo SE, Ferrarese F, De Marchi M (2014) / geoyasuni.org.

Ecuador: oil company has built 'secret' road deep into Yasuni National Park

David Hill

6th June 2014

Ecuador's state oil company PetroAmazonas has, in secret, built a road deep into the heart of the world-famous Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, writes David Hill - violating promises and threatening uncontacted indigenous tribes. more...
It looks like the future - but which way does the wealth travel? High speed trains in Taiwan. Photo: Ben via Flickr.

HS2 - the wealth will 'suck out' to London, not 'trickle-down' to the North

Tony Payne

23rd May 2014

Supporters of HS2 assert that it will cause prosperity to trickle down from London to the entire North of England, writes Tony Payne. But economic theory and hard experience tell us that the reverse is more probable - that it will help London to 'suck out' northern wealth. more...
Brighton Beach, August 2013. Photo:  Beverley Goodwin via Flickr.

Brighton & Hove: the future is Green

Rob Shepherd

21st May 2014

Under its minority Green administration, Brighton & Hove is an exemplar of progressive politics that is realising huge social, economic and environmental gains, writes Rob Shepherd. Maybe that's why political opponents are so desperate to brand it a failure ... more...
A class of 33 school children reclaiming a street near their school. The same number of child cyclists and pedestrians were killed on the roads in 2012. Photo: Bob Collier/PA Wire.

We must make our streets fit for children

Melissa Henry

13th May 2014

Children are an indicator species for the health of our communities, writes Melissa Henry - and they are being forced off our streets by traffic. This adds further to traffic and pollution as children are driven everywhere, depriving them of exercise. It's time to break the vicious circle! more...
Bringing out the big guns for HS2, 21st November 2013. Too bad they're all wrong. Photo: BCC Birmingham News room via Flickr.com.

HS2 is a disastrous white elephant

Rupert Read

12th May 2014

HS2, the UK's £50bn+ high-speed rail project to speed travel between London and Birmingham - and eventually Manchester and beyond is colossal waste of money, writes Rupert Read. The resources should be used to fund sustainable local and regional transport schemes. more...

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A fragile paradise: the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Sam Harris /  University of Denver via Fotopedia.

Great Barrier Reef coal port challenged

Maxine Newlands

6th May 2014

Australian environmentalists have launched a lawsuit against plans to expand a coal port that threatens the Great Barrier Reef, writes Maxine Newlands. The approval came in spite of warnings from UNESCO and marine scientists that the Reef is already 'in danger'. more...
'The Phoenix Flowers' by 7N Architects and RankinFraser Landscape Architecture for the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership. Photo: Dave Morris Source: Contemporist.

Greening London's motorways

Marco Picardi

22nd May 2014

Elevated urban highways epitomise the dark side of vehicular mobility - polluting, visually brutal, noisy, and contributing to local 'heat islands', writes Marco Picardi. So let's re-engineer them for people and create imaginative urban spaces we can all enjoy! more...
Where this Renault Dauphine electric car led in 1975, hundreds of thousands are now following every year. Auto World Museum, Fulton, Missouri. Photo: JeromeG111 via Flickr.com.

Electric car numbers double in one year

The Ecologist

15th April 2014

There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind. more...
In the queue. Photo: Diagram - Anders Granberg / Lars Lengquist.

Evian go home

Anders Granberg

22nd April 2014

Swedish artist duo Diagram escorts a glass of water back to its origin - from a convenience store in Stockholm back to a storm-drain in Evian les Bains, by Lake Geneva - and expose one of the many absurdities of modern life. more...
Beyond Flying front cover: edited by Chris Watson, published by Green Books.

Beyond Flying: Rethinking air travel in a globally connected world

Rose Bridger

23rd April 2014

For today's tourists and travellers the elephant in the room is the jumbo jet which whisks us to our destinations - but pollutes the air, promotes destructive development, and isolates us from the the real world. Rose Bridger reviews 'Beyond Flying'. more...
Sandstorm at sunset in the Sahara - Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia. Photo: Kirk K via Flickr.com.

England's smog - Saharan sand is the least of our problems

Rob MacKenzie

3rd March 2014

As England chokes in Level 10 smog, Rob MacKenzie says we shouldn't worry too much about headline-grabbing sand from the Sahara. Far more insidious and damaging to health are the fumes from our own cars and lorries. more...
Trash on the beach, Hadiboh, Yemen. Photo: Gerry & Bonni via Flickr.com.

What MH370 told us - the oceans are awash with trash

Paul Mobbs

5th April 2014

In the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 we have found oil slicks and debris everywhere - none of it connected to the missing plane, writes Paul Mobbs. The seas are littered with human trash, and it's killing the oceanic ecosystem. more...
Wall of Death protest, 2nd April 2014. Photo: Stop Killing cyclists.

Protesting the London Boroughs 'wall of death'

Donnachadh McCarthy

3rd April 2014

London cyclists were protesting yesterday at the failure of all but a handful of London's 33 Boroughs to invest in safe cycle routes - and the many thousands of deaths that failure is causing. Donnachadh McCarthy reports. more...
'Leg it' by Do The Green Thing.

Tonight's Earth Hour - it's really about what you do next ...

Rebecca Cooke

29th March 2014

In the lead-up to tonight's Earth Hour one organisation is putting the creative community on the front lines of the battle for climate change. Rebecca Cooke reports on the remarkable series of 29 posters to provoke and intrigue us into climate action. more...
Air pollution in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Kim Eun Yeul / World Bank via Flickr.com. Photo ID: KY-EG002.

WHO: air pollution killing 7 million a year

Aaron Cantú

29th March 2014

Air pollution has become a leading cause of premature mortality worldwide, causing 1 in 8 premature deaths in 2012 - from transport, industry, energy generation and smoky indoor cooking fires. Aaron Cantú reports on WHO's grim findings. more...
London's pollution is less visible, but it's still there and it's still deadly. Nelson's Column during the Great Smog of 1952. Photo: N T Stobbs / Wikimedia Commons.

British cities deserve clean air!

Caroline Allen

16th March 2014

Air pollution in London and other British cities is intolerable, writes Caroline Allen. Faced with the same deadly problem Paris has just imposed restrictions on cars - but here politicians do nothing. It's time to elect some who will act for public health! more...
Smokestack. Photo: ribarnica via Flickr.com.

May 2014 - Voting for the climate

Olaf Corry

12th March 2013

Climate policy should be the big issue for voters heading for the polls in May's Euro elections, writes Olaf Corry - the EU's emissions are plenty high enough do matter, and the European Parliament is at the heart of the action. more...
Hermitage Quarry - eating into ancient woodland at Oaken Wood, Kent. Photo: Woodland Trust.

Enough is enough - protect Britain's ancient woods!

Sian Atkinson

13th March 2014

In principle ancient woodland enjoys strong protection, but that's not how it works out on the ground, reports Sian Atkinson. HS2 alone threatens 82 ancient woods, and 440 are at risk nationwide. Hence the Woodland Trust's 'Enough is Enough' campaign ... more...

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