Monthly Archives: August 2018

Taking the drama out of a crisis

Today’s Guardian led with a piece about a comprehensive Chinese study which shows that air pollution (already implicated in 7 million premature deaths a year worldwide) damages intelligence and cognitive function, not just in foetuses and children, but in adults, … Continue reading

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The law is an ass (Part 383)

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham of West Mercia Police, national head of roads policing, proposesĀ penalising drivers for exceeding the speed limit by 1mph. “We are proud to be law enforcers,” he says. He seems to embody the dangerous banality of roads … Continue reading

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When will they ever learn?

Should the offence of dangerous cycling be brought into line with dangerous driving? A 3-month consultation has been announced. Cycling UK says it’s an opportunity to review road safety legislation in general. As usual, public debate about road safety refers … Continue reading

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Paradigm for paradise

It’s anomalous, and scandalous, that while public services are cut to the bone, tens of Ā£billions are blown on a traffic system which amounts to a public disservice. The system is dysfunctional. It fails on every count: safety, health, efficiency, … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Smugness of HS2

While the last ten years has seen the loss of 135 million miles of rural bus routes, a quarter of the staff at HS2 – that high-cost vanity project which does nothing to improve rural connectivity – are on six-figure … Continue reading

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Wizards of Oz

CSIRO has made a breakthrough in the distribution and storage of hydrogen fuel. Story here.

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