News Archives - Environment

Schools under siege: Why do we need child-shaped traffic bollards?

Our schoolchildren are under siege. Not only are more than 950 schools near roads with harmful levels of illegal pollution, but over 6,000 children were injured on British roads in 2016 – a threat that prompts some schools to resort to barricades against cars. However, a decade after child-shaped safety bollards first appeared outside a school in Leicestershire, they have not…

Let there be (low energy) light

Like bicycles, filament bulbs are a design that has hardly changed over the last century. However, unlike a bicycle, which allows a person to travel at 10–15 mph, using no more power than they would require to walk, filament bulbs waste 95% of the electricity they use as heat. Indeed, in many homes the use of tungsten filament bulbs can…

Speeding and a dystopian age of motoring

There is no rational reason why motorised vehicles should be permitted to exceed speed limits on public roads. Putting aside the question of why it’s possible to buy cars for the road that are capable of exceeding the national speed limit by 100%, neither the threat to other people’s lives nor the risk of penalties dissuades motorists from driving within…

Reducing household water consumption

It’s easy to assume that Britain has more water than it knows what to do with, but we have less available water per person than most other European countries. In fact, South East England has less water available per person than the Sudan or Syria. Reducing the amount of water we use in the home helps safeguard wildlife in rivers…

A bike for life, not landfill

In cities blighted by congestion and polluted air, bicycles offer a practicable answer by providing environmentally benign transport. However, most of the bikes we buy are heavy, poorly made designs destined ultimately for the shed or landfill. Our European cousins have embraced the concept of utility cycling and cargo bikes – the Transit vans of the bicycle world. Unfortunately, the…