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The Cumbria Coal Mine Debacle, UK Climate Policy & Other Snafus – with Chris Friedler of Decarbonise Now

Chris Friedler is a UK environmental lobbyist with Decarbonise Now with an extensive working knowledge of the UK climate policy – if that’s what it can be called nowadays. We talk about climate policy ranging from the new Cumbria coal mine (Britain’s first in decades) to energy policy, housing, transport, electric cars and everything in […]

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Transport Economy Energy

Growth of Low Carbon Freight on UK Railways during COVID-19

The drop in passenger numbers on trains due to COVID-19 is boosting UK low carbon freight – they’re running 10% longer trains, with 10% more services and arriving 10% faster due to lower network congestion. One freight firm is running carbon-free across 2/3 the length of the British Isles, from Glasgow to Daventry, although they […]

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How Green is my Tesla?

This week I persuaded my old friend from Germany, Dirk Carstens, to give me the run-down on the pros and cons of owning a Tesla. He’s a trained physicist so there’s not much about the EV technology that phases him. Some of the stuff we discussed: the low bills the all-important battery, how to treat […]

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Transport Economy

All the electric vehicles

In the USA, the UK and the countries of western Europe, about 80% of adults own a car. These must all become electric vehicles in short order if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change – the figures below show why. After 3 or 4 generations in everyday life, the car is now embedded […]

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Personal Carbon Trading Energy Policy Transport

Lahti, Finland – Carbon Rationing in Action

The city of Lahti in Finland is running an experimental personal carbon trading scheme, with voluntary carbon rationing or quotas helping citizens reduce their carbon footprints as part of city-based sustainable transport programme. The city won almost €0.5 million from the European Union to run the project and hopes it will feed into the transformation […]