Category Archives: Pollution

All-electric cars only by 2040?

I should have looked into this more closely before making my previous post. The UK government is also looking to ban the sale of hybrid cars in 23 years’ time. This beggars belief, without some plan for how these electric … Continue reading

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The internal combustion engine isn’t dead yet

The UK government has now joined with France in banning the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040. At least, that’s the headline, but in practice it’s likely that hybrids with modest battery range will become the new … Continue reading

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Rethinking energy supplies

With the double shock (to most) of the UK vote for Brexit and the election of President Trump across the pond, many people predicted a further series of political upsets this year. That’s the way people’s minds work – we … Continue reading

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Transports of delight

‘Transports of delight’ will remind those UK readers of mature years of the London buses lauded in the Flanders and Swann song (others may find it meaningless, for which I apologise). In the 1950s, when the song was written, public … Continue reading

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Carbon dioxide, pollution and energy policy

A report this week from Carbon Brief website gives a very rosy view of the UK’s emissions reduction policy. On the BBC website we see that coal collapse drives down UK carbon emissions, while in the Times, the identical message … Continue reading

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Clearing the air

Air pollution is a high-profile issue. Half a century ago, coal was still the main source of domestic heat and electricity. City buildings were covered in a permanent layer of soot deposited from the air, the rest being breathed in … Continue reading

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