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VED rates 2020 penalise new large cars

A change in the way that emissions are calculated means that drivers who buy larger petrol or diesel vehicles from new will be hit with a higher initial car tax payment. In a bid to increase take-up of electric vehicles, some drivers could be hit with an increase on more than £1,000 on their first year’s payment of vehicle excise…

Grab a hammock and daydream of better days to come

If you have two metres or so of space, you can sling a hammock. And in these days of social distancing and self isolation, what better way of whiling away your leisure time? Snooze, read a book or daydream about better days to come. The word hammock originates from the Taino people of Central America who used the word hamaca…

Pollution levels plummet to lowest in 20 years following Covid-19 restrictions

London’s polluted air has improved so dramatically since Covid-19 restrictions on travel that the machines used to measure toxicity have flagged the anomalous readings as a possible fault. Road traffic and building works have slowed dramatically over the last two weeks. As a result, levels of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and particulates have fallen to their lowest since records began…

On this day: Pedal-powered popemobile for the people’s pontiff

Having established a reputation as a Pope who takes the bus, Pope Francis had an opportunity on this day in 2013 to cement his image as the people’s pontiff when he was offered the world’s first pedal-powered Popemobile. The entirely carbon-neutral, pedal-powered Popemobile was commissioned by us here at the ETA after the previous pontiff, Pope Benedict, expressed his desire…

Grow a bamboo bicycle

Michael Gove said last week that visiting an allotment seemed a perfectly sensible thing to do given the current restrictions. He won’t have had in mind, but people have taken to growing their own bicycles. Bicycles built from bamboo are nothing new. However,  despite the fact they offer a sustainable and practical alternative to steel it’s a method of construction…