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Travelling light - car clubs and lift shares

Ruth Stokes

16th December 2013

In the third of her series on Activism for Busy People, Ruth Stokes looks at how we can use 'car clubs' and 'lift-share' networks to reduce the burdens and impacts of car ownership - but still have access to a car when we need one. more...
The Peregrine

The Peregrine

Mark Newton

26th April, 2012

A masterpiece of nature writing, J.A. Baker’s ‘The Peregrine’ is well worth revisiting, says Mark Newton, not just for the prose but also to help us re-engage with the natural world more...
How green is your fuel?

How green is your fuel?

Andrew Simms

12th April, 2012

In an exclusive extract from 'Ampera We're Electric', Andrew Simms takes a closer look at what powers our cars and asks whether motoring has a greener future to look forward to more...
Five of the best…electric cars

Five of the best… electric cars

Ruth Styles

29th March, 2012

If you can’t use public transport, the electric car is the next best thing – provided of course, you power it up with renewable electricity. We round up five of the most planet-friendly

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Electric cars: could the new Vauxhall Ampera really make driving greener?

Ruth Styles

22nd July, 2011

From fossil fuel generated electricity to unreliable batteries, electric cars haven’t always lived up to the hype. But with the launch of the Vauxhall Ampera, could all that be about to change? Ruth Styles reports more...
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Air pollution linked to 200,000 premature deaths in UK

Tom Levitt

21st December, 2010

Campaigners urge health secretary Andrew Lansley to act to reduce air pollution, as government medical experts warn of its 'significant' health burden more...
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UK announces £5,000 subsidy for electric car buyers from 2011

Tom Levitt

14th December, 2010

Electric cars are no longer just a 'pipe dream' claims transport minister as he announces £60 million in funds for charging points and grants for people buying new vehicles more...
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Electric cars and wind turbines face metal supply shortages

Ecologist

12th June, 2010

The Government's much-vaunted ambition for a low-carbon economy could be threatened by shortages in key metals and the environmental cost of developing new mining facilities more...
Cars

Road pricing is becoming inevitable, says RAC

Ecologist

5th July, 2010

Politicians are storing up problems for future generations by 'shying away' from making a decision on road charging, says road users group more...
Electric car trial results

Electric cars can 'fit with current driving patterns'

Ecologist

18th June, 2010

First results of UK-wide trials dispel fears about the 'range anxiety' of electric cars running out of power: typical users' driving habits can remain unchanged more...
Cars

Bigger engines, two-car households and school runs on rise

Ecologist

16th February, 2010

Far from downsizing, Government transport statistics reveal a trend towards multi-car households and bigger engines as well as more children being driven to school more...
Jeremy Harrall

UK needs electric cars and nuclear power, says watchdog

Ecologist

12th October, 2009

Government climate watchdog says a 'step change' in Government policy is needed to meet carbon reduction targets more...

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Lumps of coal

Japan commits to 25 per cent cut in CO2 emissions

Ecologist

7th September

New Prime Minister's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions face strong opposition from Japanese industrial sector more...
Pesticides

Forty-seven years since Silent Spring: what has changed?

David Ord

11th August, 2009

In 1962, Rachel Carson's famous exposé of the environmental impacts of the pesticide DDT rocked the chemical industry. Today, Carson's European legacy - the REACH legislation - ought to safeguard public health. But will it? more...
Dan Box

Will Big Business make you thin?

Dan Box

20th July, 2009

Tackling climate change will have lots of knock-on benefits, but one we probably haven't considered is what it will do to car-related injuries. Dan Box meets a man who has... more...
Algae

ExxonMobil and Venter sign $600 million algae biofuel deal

Ecologist

15th July, 2009

Oli giant ExxonMobil has signed a $600 million deal with controversial genome scientist J Craig Venter to develop biofuels made from algae more...
Bolgs and Comments

Your chariot awaits

Tom Hodgkinson

19th June, 2009

Giving up your car doesn't mean giving up luxury or freedom- you'll save time, money and discover a more regal existence without one. more...
In the News

India's first car-free urban zone

Ecologist

1st February, 2009

Motorised transport banned from the town centre in Falzika in Punjab with reported improvements in air quality and less street crime.

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End of the road for petrolheads

Leo Hickman

24th March, 2009

Cancellation of the British International Motor Show should signal an end to our onanistic car culture more...
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Can electric vehicles overtake competing green car technologies?

Adam Vaughan

25th February, 2009

Electric cars are backed as a climate panacea by the majority, but are there negative impacts we're missing in the rush to electrification? more...
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Why can't the automobile industry get a handle on low-carbon cars?

Harriet Williams

19th February, 2009

A hub of invention, why can't the automobile industry get a handle on low-carbon cars? The answer's in the profit margins - which is why the credit crunch offers hope for the future, says Harriet Williams more...

I'm the Reverend Billy

Bill Talen

3rd January, 2009

We interrupt our regular programming for a moral advisory... more...
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What car do you drive?

Richard Heinberg

19th June, 2008

The question arises soon after readers or lecture audiences first become acquainted with global oil depletion and climate change. I must be asked it at least once a week.
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A bad appraisal

Rebekah Phillips

19th June, 2008

Forget environmental considerations, money’s in the driving seat when it comes to approving transport schemes. It’s time to reappraise the appraisers, says Rebekah Phillips more...
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Spinning Wheels

Dan McDougall

13th March, 2008

‘This is the Indian dream!’ shouts Mohit, clutching a tattered plastic bag as he joins the impatient throng gathering at Hall A of the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Around us more than 100,000 Indians are aggressively jostling for space and a precious glimpse of the £1,200 Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car. It is a vehicle that, put simply, costs less than the optional DVD player on the new Lexus LX470 SUV. more...

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