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Air pollution worse than cocaine for triggering heart attacks, says studyGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Research into 'final straw' risk factors says traffic fumes greater population-wide threat than drug because of numbers exposed. Air pollution is a bigger trigger of heart attacks in the population than physical exertion, alcohol and taking cocaine, a study has shown. On an individual basis, cocaine raises the risk of a heart attack 23 times, says a study published in the Lancet.
Science Weekly podcast: Electric cars, the space shuttle and yeastGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
Shai Agassi, CEO of sustainable transport firm Better Place, looks ahead to a world no longer dependent on oil - and why he thinks the UK isn't going to be overrun by electric cars any time soon. We never get bored of speaking to people who have been into space. As the shuttles prepare for their final lift-offs, we ask former Nasa astronaut Jeff Hoffman whether they would have been scrapped if Challenger and Columbia were still flying.
Cyclists less safe on Blackfriars BridgeGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
Transport for London is planning to remove a section of the cycle lane, which will allow cars to move faster. As a daily cyclist travelling from South London to the Guardian's office in Kings Cross each day I was taken aback to spot these two posts by The Londonist and Cyclists in the City blogs....
Bill Bryson launches battle against litter on railwaysGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Campaign led by the author aims to force Network Rail to fulfil its legal obligation to clear up rubbishStanding on a crowded, windswept railway platform can be dreary on a cold Monday morning, especially when it's filthy with crisp wrappers and drink cans. But in stations around the country, commuters are rising up and striking a blow against litter - even if they can't do anything about the weather.
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...
Letters: Co-ops, cuts and the coalitionGuardian Unlimited | 04 Feb 2011
I must take Tristram Hunt to task on his erroneous view of Charlie Elphicke's "people's port" proposal, which the Dover MP wrongly and variously describes as a co-operative and a mutual society (Little platoons find their level, 2 February). Hunt says Elphicke has "a great plan to turn Dover...
Insurance law 'will save motorists money'Yahoo! News | 27 Jan 2011
Transport minister Norman Baker has told the Commons that a new offence of keeping a vehicle with no insurance will come into force in the spring.
Making Smart cars smarterGuardian Unlimited | 25 Jan 2011
Scientists at Newcastle University are working on a Smart car battery that will allow the electric cars to travel the same distance as petrol and diesel cars without re-charging
High-speed rail is no substitute for airport runways, says ex-HS2 bossGuardian Unlimited | 25 Jan 2011
The former chairman of the High Speed Two project will tomorrow dismiss as "total nonsense" the government's claim that a 250mph north-south rail link can replace a third runway at Heathrow airport. In an outspoken attack on one of David Cameron's main policies, Sir David Rowlands will say there is...
Attention! Military land mountain bikers!Guardian Unlimited | 24 Jan 2011
Continued reluctance to discuss the issue of biking on military land could leave responsible cyclists excluded from the debate. South-east England may not be blessed with the type of angular geography enjoyed by mountain bikers in Wales, Scotland and northern England, but with acres of army land as...
Tom Chance's innovation: scrapping cars for charityGuardian Unlimited | 23 Jan 2011
You can imagine that the Dragons' Den business gurus would applaud Tom Chance's entrepreneurial spirit. He began dealing in cars at university, "not on a big scale, just one a term". While viewing a succession of ropey old bangers two things occurred to him: 1) there were a lot of dubious buyers...
Making public transport accessible for allEpolitix.com | 20 Jan 2011
A new E.U regulation provides a "huge opportunity" to advance the rights of disabled passengers, says Lord Low. Transport is one of the biggest, if not the biggest issue of concern to disabled people. Accessible transport can make the difference between being able to travel to a job interview, or exclusion from the labour market. It can make the difference between being able to access essential services in the community, or facing isolation.
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?
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.
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...