News Archives - Environment

France bans many domestic flights to help safeguard environment

The French have banned internal flights where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours – a move that is expected to ground 12 per cent of flights By UK standards, the ruling -which forms part of a wider package of environmental measures unveiled last year – seems wildly ambitious but the French national assembly had…

UK left behind in race for cargo bikes

German cyclists buy over 25 times more cargo bikes each year than their British counterparts. It’s an astounding figure not lost on Volkswagen Group head, Herbert Diess, who late last year tweeted: “In overcrowded urban centres the car will only be accepted in the future if the bike has enough space in the mobility mix” – a sign that even the…

DIY Traffic Calming vs Road Danger

Confronted by a laissez-faire attitude towards road danger, people are taking matters into their own hands. Twitter user @HerbieGreen this week shared photos of a bird box in Billingham disguised as a speed camera, but this kind of imaginative DIY traffic calming isn’t limited to these shores. Folk all around the world are demanding safer streets. Community groups in America…

COP26: Cycling is one of humanity’s greatest hopes for shift to zero-carbon future

It’s peculiar there’s been no talk at COP26 about cycling and it’s potential to tackle the climate emergency. Required reading for the great and the good in Glasgow this week as they glide serenely between  meetings in their chauffeur driven limos, should be the open letter signed by us and over 60 other organisations across Europe which outlines how leaders…

Ditch your old banger and get free public transport for 3 years

Scrappage schemes may be popular with car makers and many motorists, but they are usually as financially questionable as they are environmentally spurious. Sustaining the capacity to produce cars that consumers are unwilling to pay for in full distorts competition and inevitably creates the need for further and prolonged state intervention. After all, these sales have not been conjured from the…