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...
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.
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.
Pollutionwatch: UK spared in JanuaryGuardian Unlimited | 09 Feb 2011
The absence of prolonged cold periods in January meant that most urban areas of the UK were spared widespread pollution. But coal and oil heating continued to cause high concentrations of airborne particles across Northern Ireland, with the main focus being Derry and Armagh on the last two weekends of the month. Big industry also caused brief air pollution problems in Wales, Scotland and England.
A million trees for England: but who gets them?Guardian Unlimited | 02 Dec 2010
Trees are unequivocally a good thing. My father-in-law was a forester and I named my daughter Sylvia in recognition of his life's work. She has already planted a sweet chestnut tree on a London common, and we'll do so again this weekend. So the government's announcement today of a "partnership...
Calls for ban on HGVs in UK cities to protect cyclistsGuardian Unlimited | 18 Nov 2010
Heavy goods vehicles involved in 43% of London's cycling deaths. Experts are calling for a ban on heavy goods vehicles in Britain's cities after a study found that despite making only 4% of road trips they were involved in 43% of London's cycling deaths. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) analysed police road casualty data over a 15-year period from 1992 to 2006.
What would you do if you caught a thief?Guardian Unlimited | 16 Nov 2010
A friend and I were left feeling pretty useless when we caught of couple of lads in the act of pinching a bicycle. I'd just finished work, and I had met a friend with the intention of going to the pub and drinking things. It was just after 7pm, and we headed down Wharfdale Road in London's King's...
Podium girls, bike rage and the BromptonGuardian Unlimited | 05 Oct 2010
Do podium girls belong in modern cycling? After causing a bit of a kerfuffle on the bike blog by suggesting they were a shameful anachronism, Helen Pidd heads down to the final stage of the Tour of Britain in east London ask the women who do the job. Cycling might well be one of the best ways to...
Peaceful Parks for Health and WealthEnvironmental Protection UK | 27 Sep 2010
Quality open city spaces are increasingly recognised as essential in improving local environmental quality, supporting climate change and biodiversity objectives and contributing to better mental and physical health of city residents and workers. They also make our cities more attractive to visitors and investors.
City life is a honey trap for France's beleaguered beesThe Independent | 14 Sep 2009
In Aesop's fable, the country mouse scurried home from the city with his tail between his legs. But in Paris, French bee-keepers are finding their charges have better luck in the buzz of the big smoke than they do in rural climes - living longer and producing more honey.
Council staff lose parking daysBBC | 09 Sep 2009
Devon County Council staff are having their parking at work restricted to three days and charges are being introduced.
London boroughs get cash to cut carbonEnvironment Data Interactive Exchange | 03 Sep 2009
London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced funding to set up low carbon neighbourhoods in ten of the city's boroughs.
Living the dreamSunday Herald | 30 Aug 2009
The visionaries behind plans for a new eco town in Scotland aim to create a better way to live. However, they're far from the first who have tried. By Helen McArdle