Navigation Links
Politicians need to address transport taboos, not just new technology, to meet carbon targets
Date:8/15/2014

Transport accounts for 30% of CO2 emissions in the EU, with emissions rising 36% between 1990 and 2007. The research, carried out by Lund University and the University of Surrey a found a need to dissect the widely-held view that new technologies, such as biofuel and improved aircraft design, will result in carbon reduction targets being met.

In the paper, researchers highlight the fact that policy makers are turning to the perceived benefits of such technologies to drive decarbonisation policy, despite contrary evidence. They argue that in order to cut damaging carbon emissions, politicians need to address 'transport taboos' rather than focus just on technological innovation.

These transport taboos are defined as transport 'norms', such as societies' growing appetite for frequent, long-distance travel, the unjust relationship between mobility and income, and the powerful position of lobbyists and industry in influencing policy. The team of researchers found that policies which challenged these taboos are regarded as serious threats to political position and are therefore ignored by politicians.

"This study shows what a pervasive force the transport industry is in influencing carbon-reduction policy. Politicians continue to ignore evidence of what works in favour of optimistic headlines about technological innovation, driven by industry and lobbyists," said co-author, Dr Scott Cohen from the University of Surrey

"There is a lot of exaggeration surrounding 'wonder' technologies that promise to reduce carbon levels while allowing privileged sections of society to continue to travel without limits. These optimistic claims are largely undebated in political circles, as this would force politicians to face some harsh truths."

Researchers found that it is the most highly mobile and environmentally aware travellers who refuse to reduce travel, with men in higher income groups the most frequent and long-distance flyers. "The richest and politi
'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Sutton
a.sutton@surrey.ac.uk
01-483-686-141
University of Surrey
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Food science poised to help address needs of aging population
2. Healing Method from Australia Addresses the Human Genome
3. Report addresses challenges in implementing new diagnostic tests where they are needed most
4. UTHealth study addresses barriers to physical activity counseling
5. PETA, PCRM address ICCVAM 5-year plan
6. ShanghaiBio Corporation Partners with Ingenuity Systems to Address Challenges in Analysis and Interpretation of Genomics Data
7. International Life Sciences Conferences Address Advancements in High-Content Analysis, Sample Preparation, Clinical Trial Supply and Protein and Antibody Engineering
8. Entrust to Address Attendees, Exhibit at ICAO Eighth Symposium and Exhibition on MRTDs, Biometrics and Security Standards
9. SCALES goes global in addressing critical issues in nature conservation
10. Prospectus addresses most pressing marine science questions
11. University of Miami geologists to address the mystery of an evolution gap in reef corals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/15/2014)... Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) as a full member, ... maintain a significant nationwide standing in the field ... Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as a full member ... national and international competition for the best minds ... be proud that Mainz University has been recognized ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... bacterial pneumonia in female mice to an enzyme activated ... naturally more resistant to respiratory infections than males. Now, ... resistance to bacterial pneumonia in female mice is linked ... also show that this enzyme is ultimately activated by ... The team, lead by Professor Lester Kobzik at the ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... the 44th Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Biomedical ... the mechanisms of genomic instability and its implications for ... second alumnus to win the Rosenstiel Award; the first, ... Alt is the Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics ... an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member 2Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member 3Brandeis awards 44th Rosenstiel Award to pioneering geneticist Fred Alt 2
... of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research presents ... one of the first landscape-scale experiments on how ... The Blacks Mountain Interdisciplinary Research team includes U.S. ... U.C. Riverside, University of Georgia and Wildlife Conservation ...
... ago, bird beaks are exquisitely adapted to the birds, feeding ... explained exactly how some shorebirds use their long, thin beaks ... The phalarope, commonly found in western North America, takes advantage ... propel bits of food from the tip of its long ...
... Mass.--Having found that whether bacteria stick to surfaces depends ... have created ultrathin films made of polymers that could ... control microbe accumulation. The inexpensive, easy-to-produce films could ... care industry by helping to reduce the spread of ...
Cached Biology News:Pioneering landscape-scale research releases first findings 2MIT solves gravity-defying bird beak mystery 2MIT solves gravity-defying bird beak mystery 3MIT crafts bacteria-resistant films 2MIT crafts bacteria-resistant films 3
(Date:10/22/2014)... Khaimah, UAE (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... life science and healthcare projects, announces the addition of ... DRCOG DCH to its advisory team. Dr. Siddiqui will ... team. , A graduate of University College ... was subsequently degreed in medicine in 2001. With further ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... , Oct. 22, 2014 Nuvilex, Inc. ... approximately 400 million people worldwide are living with diabetes, ... people by 2030.  The global market for diabetes treatments ... approximately 330,000 people worldwide died from pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatic ... due to cancer in the United States ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Texas (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 ... announced that a team from Iowa State University won ... design contest. Using a Convey HC-2ex, the team’s solution ... 14 times faster than the second place finisher. , ... world embarked upon the month long challenge, using a ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... -- PureTech , a science and technology ... announced today the closing of a $55 million ... Perpetual, a $120 Billion group of funds. The ... pipeline forward and to advance new healthcare related ... to really go for the big ideas that ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Dr. Yousef Siddiqui joins the Grace Century Advisory Team 2Nuvilex Brief Analyst Report: Thinking Outside the Box by BrokerBank Securities, Inc. 2Team from Iowa State Wins 2014 MemoCODE Design Contest Using Convey HC-2ex 2Team from Iowa State Wins 2014 MemoCODE Design Contest Using Convey HC-2ex 3PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 2PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 3PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 4PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 5PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 6
... CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 5, 2011 ZyGEM Corp. Ltd., ... analysis of DNA and other nucleic acids, today announced ... forensic GEM® Tissue kit can rapidly extract DNA from ... be used to produce accurate, reliable and reproducible DNA ...
... Hospital and Medical Center and the University of Arizona College ... the Valley Fever Center based at the hospital.  The center ... than 30 years of experience in treating and researching Valley ... Tucson in 1996. The center plans to see ...
... Oct. 4, 2011 MSC Care Management, the ... to post-discharge and post-injury workers, compensation claimants nationwide, ... Services, a national company also focused on the ... comprehensive surgical implant cost management solution, known as ...
Cached Biology Technology:Application Note Shows ZyGEM's forensicGEM® Tissue Facilitates Forensic Casework by Rapidly and Reproducibly Extracting DNA From Human Hair 2Application Note Shows ZyGEM's forensicGEM® Tissue Facilitates Forensic Casework by Rapidly and Reproducibly Extracting DNA From Human Hair 3St. Joseph's Hospital, University of Arizona Create Valley Fever Center in Phoenix 2MSC to Offer Surgical Implant Cost Management Solution through Acquisition of Integrated Healthcare Services 2
A univariate (peak height or area) quantitative multi-component analysis package....
... The AquaMax DW4 liquid handling system ... thorough washing all in one instrument. The ... for dispensing and plate washing96-, 384- and ... microplate washing. AquaMax DW4 has been optimized ...
This free-standing laminar flow hood provides a horizontal flow of HEPA-filtered air to create a clean processing area. Air return slots along the front and side edges of the work area enhance system...
... series embodies all aspects of classical microscopy ... powerful Achromatic Super Contrast (ASC) objectives coupled ... this microscope combines flexibility and professional microscopy ... B1 series, the DM-B1 steps into the ...
Biology Products: