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Why do we subsidise air travel for the wealthy?

It’s an inconvenient truth that most of us choose to forget; it is our own behaviour that is responsible for carbon emissions and the resulting change in our climate. After all, while we might be aware that driving a car and having children are both significant sources of pollution, we consider both to be a right.  In the absence of a…

Do you match the mode of travel to your trip?

How flexible are you about how you travel? What mode of transport would you choose for a trip to the local shops? The commute to work? A holiday in France? An expedition to Senegal? The appetite for large 4×4 cars is as keen as ever. However, while these cars are sold on the promise of adventure, how often do they…

Airlines could reduce climate change impact by 10 per cent

Airlines could reduce their impact on climate change by up to 10% by making small changes to some flight routes, according to research by University of Reading. Scientists found airlines could reduce the environmental damage for which they are responsible by avoiding areas where emissions have the largest impact. The changes would increase operating costs by only around one per…

The car is so last year – Dubai promises taxi drones

In a marriage of Chinese tech and Dubai financing, the world’s first taxi drones look set to take to the skies this summer. Controlling the single seat, eight-rotor fully-automated Ehang 184 drone couldn’t be more simple. The passenger uses a touch screen to select a destination and the battery-powered drone takes care of the rest. The taxi drone boasts a maximum flight…

Ships and planes wipe out half emissions savings

We hear much about the pollution created by cars and lorries, but the growth in emissions from shipping and aviation will undo 43 per cent of the savings expected to be made by the rest of transport in Europe over the net 13 years. The result is that almost half the already-inadequate emissions savings expected in land transport will be…