Category Archives: Transport

One thing we have learnt this week – shipping emissions

Shipping emissions account for about 2% of global carbon.  This is the same as flying.  Most ships now are powered by vast diesel engines and the particulate emissions are high, which is a problem in ports.  Under the Paris climate … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – average driving speed

The average driving speed (in England but I’m sure the story is the same on other nations) is falling according to Department for Transport figures.  I’ve downloaded the data and plotted it out (shown above).  The point is that with … Continue reading

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Reopening railway lines

One of the most exciting developments in transport is reopening railway lines.  The Beeching cuts that I have blogged on before were planned to cut most of the UK’s rail capacity.  Beeching (an engineer) in the end managed to close … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – fast charging

Could fast charging electric cars be on the way?  I have written about this before but this week I learnt of another report on a new fast charging technology.   There are a number of problems with electric car adaption (apart … Continue reading

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Electric aircraft

One thing we thought as impossible when we wrote our book was the idea of electric aircraft.  This was for one very good reason.  The weight of the batteries would preclude (with a conventional aircraft design) anyone getting in the … Continue reading

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40 years of cycling

Our local cycle lobbying group spokes is celebrating 40 years of cycling (or lobbying).  2017 being one of these years when there seem to be lots of anniversaries.  This is also coincidentally about the same time I have been cycling … Continue reading

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Truck platoon

This morning the UK government announced they were trialling a “truck platoon”.  A truck platoon is a convey of (at the moment) semi-autonomous trucks.  Up to three I believe.  This is the first time I’ve heard of this idea, as … Continue reading

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Travel by train

A few years ago Neil asked me to guest write a blog post about my wife and I’s decision to travel by train on holiday to Belgium after reading “No Oil in the Lamp” (original post here: http://www.theoillamp.co.uk/?p=4007). So when … Continue reading

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Britain’s lost cycle network

Britain’s lost cycle network.  One thing I have always been impressed with was the cycle network in Germany.  This was much better than that in Holland.  Part of the reason for this is the need for drainage ditches which limits … Continue reading

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air pollution

I’ve read a recent bit of research on air pollution from China.  The research looked at particulate  (PM10) levels across the major cities in China and the effect on mortality.  The findings were unsurprising in many ways but also showed … Continue reading

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