Traditional Fuel Use
Nissan Leaf charges into UK showroomsGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Their sometimes clunky designs, short range between recharges and super-car price tags have put many drivers off buying an electric car. But that could soon change with the launch of the UK's first mass-produced electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric family car with the performance of a...
Government's air travel tax pledge in doubtGuardian Unlimited | 10 Mar 2011
Sources admit 'questions marks' over key manifesto pledge, which flouts European Union laws. The government is preparing to reverse a key coalition pledge to bring in an environmental tax on air travel after finding that European Union laws would prevent it. Last year's coalition manifesto contained a pledge to reform air passenger duty (APD), a tax imposed on all passengers on planes leaving the UK except those who are on transfer, to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
Do electric cars really produce fewer emissions?Guardian Unlimited | 17 Jan 2011
Can electric cars claim to be 'emissions-free' when they run on electricity generated from the burning of fossil fuels? We keep hearing lots of renewed chatter about how electric cars are about to take off (not literally, of course, although that would be fun) in popularity. But for me, the fundamental question remains unanswered: do they really produce fewer emissions when you take into account that they run on electricity produced, in large part, through the burning of fossil fuels?
HydroCar goes on sale on eBay for $777,777Reuters | 10 Jan 2011
An inventor who transformed a 1959 milk tank truck into an amphibious car and drove it around the world wants to give someone else a similar chance -- for a mere $777,777. Rick Dobbertin created another vehicle that drives on land and water, a school bus yellow HydroCar, and is selling it this week on the online auction site eBay.
BA sees £50 million hit from weather disruptionYahoo! News | 06 Jan 2011
British Airways said on Thursday that the underlying upward trend in passenger traffic remained intact despite a weather-induced downturn last month that will cost it 50 million pounds.
The real cause of Deepwater's spill? Peak oilGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jan 2011
Complacency, systemic failure, management incompetence resulted in the BP spill, says a US government report, but the real cause lies deeper still. The devastating report from the presidential commission on the Deepwater disaster spells out the reasons for the gigantic oil spill and the deaths of...
Climate pledge failure would boost oil pricesYahoo! News | 04 Nov 2010
A reduction of ten percent in oil demand could knock about $20 off the price of a barrel of crude by 2035 if nations meet their climate change pledges and cut fossil fuel subsidies the International Energy Agency says.
EU vote to charge heavy lorries for air and noise pollutionEnvironmental Protection UK | 03 Nov 2010
EU Transport Ministers recently voted in favour of new rules which would allow Member States to charge a levy on heavy lorries to cover the cost of air and noise pollution. Under the current "Eurovignette Directive", only costs of maintaining road infrastructure can be charged. This would enable...
Mayor Confirms Removal of the Congestion Charge Western ExtensionEnvironmental Protection UK | 22 Oct 2010
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed that the western extension to the Congestion Charge will be removed from 4th January 2011. The Mayor also confirmed plans to introduce a 'greener vehicles discount' in place of the current 'alternative fuels discount', which will provide free entry to the charging areas for vehicles which emit less than 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre and meet the Euro 5 emissions standards.
UK set to sell stake in Urenco to fund green investment bankGuardian Unlimited | 21 Oct 2010
Chris Huhne says sale could help fund the bank, which is being set up to invest in low-carbon technology. The government wants to sell its stake in a company that makes enriched uranium for nuclear power, to help fund the new green investment bank, which is being set up to invest in low-carbon...
Tories plan tax rise on air travelGuardian Unlimited | 17 Aug 2006
David Cameron's transport policy review team will propose a radical programme for steep tax rises on air travel and gas-guzzling cars offset by cuts in council tax, VAT and national insurance, it was revealed last night
G8 to feed oil addiction, fuelling climate changeFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 17 Jul 2006
G8 plans to address global energy security are dirty, dangerous and will continue to fuel climate change, Friends of the Earth International warned today on the eve of the G8 summit taking place in St Petersburg, Russia
Shell joins green public transport projectTelegraph | 29 Jun 2006
Royal Dutch Shell is working with Dutch authorities and the MAN bus company to create a fleet of hydrogen-fueled buses in Rotterdam in what is the world's largest hydrogen cell public transport project.
There is a tide in the affairs of men ...Guardian Unlimited | 20 Jun 2006
There's a line of ugly sheds on the seafront north of Lerwick. Some have beautiful ships tied up alongside, like the bright yellow trawler, Charisma, no doubt a cheering home for the fishermen hoovering up herring out in the Arctic waters. Most, however, are just ugly.
UN environment chief calls for 'new era'Financial Times US | 13 Jun 2006
The new executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme has called for a new era beyond campaigning in which environmental concerns are integrated fully into economic market regulations.