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Are electric aircraft the future or just wishful thinking?

Monday - The future of aviation is dependent on finding an alternative power source. Is electricity the answer?

Here’s how we can save the car – and the planet

10 Aug 15 - Passenger cars are still the most popular transportation mode. In 2014, nearly 68m were produced globally.

‘Peak car’ means UK might get much closer to carbon targets than it realised

10 Aug 15 - Cars are one of the biggest threats to the planet. The transport sector accounts for more than 60% of global oil consumption and about a quarter of energy-related carbon emissions, and it’s seen as harder to decarbonise than other parts of the economy.

Arctic’s melting ice shrinks Europe-Asia shipping routes

Ports such as Pevek on the East Siberian Sea can expect to get busier as the northern sea route becomes increasingly ice-free.

10 Aug 15 - The disappearing Arctic ice cap will boost trade between north-west Europe and countries such as China, Japan and South Korea by making the sea routes far shorter, according to economic analysts.

Climate change brings ill winds for airline industry

20 Jul 15 - Scientists say wind patterns altered by climate variability are costing airlines millions of dollars in extra fuel and flying time − and increasing CO2emissions.

How the country can save $37 million a year ... use KiwiRail

Professor Ralph Sims ... poor decision making.

13 Jul 15 - Treasury’s advice that the Government should stop propping up KiwiRail because it is too expensive fails to take into account the carbon cost of transporting freight by rail.

How long before you ditch your car for a driverless electric taxi?

13 Jul 15 - Trend-spotters may have declared the car is dead for 20-somethings in central London or Paris but among the rest of humanity sales of the ubiquitous gas-guzzler continue to climb.


How transport sharing boosts health, wealth and climate

A line of electric cars ready to be driven in a sharing scheme in Paris.

6 Jul 15 - New research into how people’s habits change shows that everyone benefits from car-sharing schemes − apart from car manufacturers who suffer a loss of sales.

Desert farms could power flight with sunshine and seawater

What if jet fuel could be grown sustainably?

15 Jun 15 - The aviation industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011 aviation contributed around 3% of Australia’s emissions. Despite improvements in efficiency, global aviation emissions are...

Group aims to improve transport systems

Bicycle-taxi in the streets of Amsterdam.

15 Jun 15 - A high-level United Nations advisory group has agreed to take measures that could accelerate a shift toward safer, healthier, more efficient and sustainable transport systems.

Inter-island ferry tests cleaner fuels

Arahura ... test bed.

25 May 15 - KiwiRail is testing the viability of using cleaner fuels for its ferries.

Consultants win award for bridge work

28 Apr 15 - Opus International Consultants’ work on reducing the environmental impact of maintaining the Auckland Harbour Bridge has bagged it an award.

Beehive wants us to drive green cars

20 Apr 15 - The Government is looking at how it can encourage New Zealanders to switch to alternative-fuel vehicles.

China helping London’s famous black cabs to turn green

13 Apr 15 - It’s the most famous taxi in the world and a British icon, rivalling the Queen and red pillar boxes for global recognition. Now there’s a battle to make London’s black cabs greener.

We're in the right gear to hit the e-car highway

23 Mar 15 - New Zealand could be one of the first countries with a complete network of charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles, the Electricity Networks’ Association says.

On yer bike, says pedal-power Mike

Mike Tritt ... switched on.

23 Mar 15 - Former Greenpeace activist Michael Tritt has found a new way, for him, to save the world – business.

Cheap fuel little help with emissions, says expert

9 Feb 15 - Cheap fuel prices will do little to help New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions profile, says transport and energy expert Professor Ralph Simms.

Kiwi keeps an eye on Qatar project environment

Dr Peter Longdill ... huge project.

27 Jan 15 - A New Zealander is in the Middle East working to reduce the environmental impacts of a major sea port project.

Minister's transport plan just tokenism, says expert

Simon Bridges ... no climate link.

22 Dec 14 - The Government is being accused of tokenism in its attempts to cut greenhouse gas emissions from transport.


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