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Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

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The average Los Angeles commuter wastes almost 5.5 days each year in gridlock … adding roads and highways only encourages people to use private transport modes. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit

October 16, 2017 — The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Continue reading Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

Bike-sharing revolution aims to put China back on two wheels

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People wearing masks cycle through smog in Tiananmen Square during a red alert for heavy air pollution in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

From Shanghai to Sichuan, schemes are being rolled out to slash congestion, cut air pollution – and spin a profit

December 30, 2016 — Even through Beijing’s nicotine-tinged smog you can make out the multi-coloured frames, gliding through the pea soup towards a greener future. Continue reading Bike-sharing revolution aims to put China back on two wheels