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Obama and energy | Michael TomaskyGuardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
I filled the gas tank this morning, after letting it get uncharacteristically low, and was a tad surprised to look up and see that it came to $48. That's a helluva lot in the good old US of A. It was $3.99 per gallon and is usually somewhere in the vicinity of $2.79 or so. Before we go any further,...
Serengeti highway threatens national park's wildebeest migrationGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
Tanzania condemned for planned road, which critics say will be disaster for environment and ecosystem. International pressure is growing on the Tanzanian government to shelve its controversial plans to build a two-lane highway across the Serengeti, one of the most important wildlife sites in the...
Letters: Standard batteries key to electric carsGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
Many of us would welcome electric cars which closely match the practicality of those propelled by petrol engines (A new Leaf, 26 March). But the greatest impediment is the lack of international standards on the battery system. The limited milage currently available, coupled with the lengthy...
Toyota Lexus: a breakthrough in motoring?Guardian Unlimited | 16 Mar 2011
Toyota's Lexus CT200h is impressive, but isn't sporty enough to rival BMW 1 series and isn't green enough to be new Prius Design is always about trade-offs. To get more of one thing, you have to lose something else. Car buyers have always had to choose what they were going to pay for - reliability, looks, speed – but that is all about to get far more complicated.
Greenpeace attacks government's plan to cut carbon emissionsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Mar 2011
Lack of electric car and speed limit proposals in Carbon Plan suggest 'entrenched opposition' from transport officials. Greenpeace has strongly criticised a new government plan to cut carbon emissions, arguing that it neglects the field of green transport. Chris Huhne, the energy and climate...
Driver ploughs into Critical Mass ride in BrazilGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
A protest march will be held in Porto Alegre in Brazil this evening after a driver ran down dozens of cyclists at a Critical Mass ride on Friday. The incident was caught clearly on several cameras and the footage makes for disturbing viewing.One witness wrote on the local Critical Mass blog: "I saw legs in the air, helmets, bicycles, arms, all mixed together with parts of the car all flying and making noise. It was like a horror movie.
High-speed rail and the environment: 'the north has protesting voices, too'Guardian Unlimited | 28 Feb 2011
HS2's second phase threatens Cannock Chase AONB and narrow green belt between Nottingham and Derby. The blunt arrows of the HS2's northern sections to Leeds and Manchester sound relatively uncontroversial at first hearing, but waymarks such as Barnsley, Stoke and Nottingham are surrounded by...
Council plans to remove cycle highwayGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Brighton and Hove city council appears determined to abolish its cycle highway despite the fact that demolition will cost £1.1m. Mary Mears, council leader, said the decision to remove the cycle lane which connects South Downs national park with Hove's seafront was a response to "concerns" from residents and users. She said: "We remain committed to the safety of the cycling fraternity. Unlike some other cycle lanes in the city, the Grand Avenue/Drive scheme is not well used or appreciated.
Letters: We must end our dependence on oilGuardian Unlimited | 10 Feb 2011
Eleven years after the last fuel protests demonstrated our dependence on crude oil, fuel prices have again become a hot political issue (Saudi oil running out, US cables reveal, 9 February). Our transport system is dependent on a fuel which is ever more dangerous and expensive to extract, which is...
EU delays tackling air pollution to 2012 or laterReuters | 19 Jan 2011
The European Union's executive has agreed to delay new laws forcing industry to take costly steps to tackle air pollutants that are blamed for respiratory problems and premature deaths in cities.
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?
High-speed rail route to get 2m trees for shelterGuardian Unlimited | 07 Jan 2011
Government to line London-Birmingham high-speed rail route with trees to help contain noise and keep trains from view. Residents next to the 250mph high-speed rail route between London and Birmingham will be sheltered from the £17bn project by 2m freshly planted trees, the government will announce...
The real war on motorists: record petrol pricesGuardian Unlimited | 05 Jan 2011
To be the real motorists' friend, the government needs to forget fiddling with parking rules and truly get behind electric vehicles. The price of a litre of unleaded petrol in the UK has reached a record high of 124.85p, according the government's national statistics, and that's without the VAT...
Rules eased to create more charging points for electric carsGuardian Unlimited | 02 Jan 2011
Ministers aim to boost flagging sales of eco-vehicles by ditching planning permission requirement for charging points. Charging points for electric vehicles will be allowed on streets and in outdoor car parks without the need for planning permission. Ministers hope that removing the bureaucratic...
Letters: Environmental and economic costs of the high-speed rail lineGuardian Unlimited | 24 Dec 2010
One does not have to be a Chiltern nimbyist to question whether a high-speed rail link between London and the north should get priority over other rail investments; nor to doubt whether it will narrow the north-south divide (Offer for homeowners hit by high-speed rail link, 21 January). If the London-Birmingham link will cost £17bn, we can reckon that completion to Glasgow will exceed £100bn.
UK snow chaos: Why you are to blameGuardian Unlimited | 21 Dec 2010
The doubling of travel in the UK since 1971 has collided with more unpredictable weather to cause Britain's transport traumaHypermobility: the belief that one should be able to travel anywhere at any time, regardless of the weather. I've just made up that definition for a term used by Simon Jenkins...