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:11/5/2014)... – Kelly Redmond has dedicated his career to ... to a general audience. , As deputy director ... Center at Nevada,s Desert Research Institute, Redmond has ... management, application and dissemination of climate data to ... Fall Meeting in San Francisco on December 15-19, ...
(Date:11/4/2014)... — Think about the way our bodies are assembled ... know that they are supposed to become a nerve ... find the correct place and alignment? Researchers at the ... , In a new study, UM researchers describe the ... surrounding neighbors, at the head-trunk region. Their discovery may ...
(Date:11/3/2014)... 3, 2014 Research and Markets has ... - Technologies, Markets and Companies" to their offering. ... and methods, which have already started to play an important ... is replacing the old fashioned bone marrow transplants. Role of ... bound to become a part of medical practice. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Nevada climatologist to be honored at AGU Fall Meeting for lifetime of public outreach 2The inside story: How the brain and skull stay together 2Global Cell Therapy - Technologies, Markets and Companies: 2014 Report 2Global Cell Therapy - Technologies, Markets and Companies: 2014 Report 3
... May 31, 2012 - Traveling the western U.S. state of Nevada ... a "world of talk" about the beauty of Lake Tahoe and ... high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Determined to make the 11-mile ... toiling up one mountain and then another to no avail. But ...
... from three U.S. federal agencies and the White House, the ... Dr. Floyd Malveaux, expressed strong support for the government,s new ... The release of the new report came on the last ... is an outcome of the interagency Asthma Disparities Working Group, ...
... don,t need to spray weedkiller to remove the weeds between ... boiling water, steam or flaming will dispatch even the hardiest ... PhD project from the University of Copenhagen. Weeds can ... that each treatment is dosed correctly. Basically, every single ...
Cached Biology News:Wildfire and an example of its important link to the ecosystem 2Leading childhood asthma group supports federal asthma action plan to reduce disparities 2Blanch your weeds 2
(Date:11/24/2014)... , November 24, 2014   ... on ScienceDirect   Elsevier , a world-leading ... is pleased to announce the launch of the latest title ... Current Opinion in Food Science . ... provide specialists with a new platform to keep up-to-date with ...
(Date:11/24/2014)... 2014 Deep Research Report on ... professional and in-depth research report on the Adipic ... its definition, classification, application, and industry chain structure ... the international market analysis, including China’s domestic market ... Europe, Asia, China, Japan etc. regions) industry analysis ...
(Date:11/23/2014)... St. Francis, WI (PRWEB) November 23, 2014 ... based manufacturer and supplier of fine chemical ingredients ... industries announced the launch of its new website, ... a description of Apiscent Labs, clean design, easy ... qualities that make Apiscent Labs stand out. ...
(Date:11/22/2014)... CannLabs, Inc. (OTCQB: CANL), the leading ... methodologies relating to cannabis, today announced that it has ... from an existing stockholder of the Company. , ... from one of our existing stockholders,” stated Mark ... help accelerate our planned expansions into the Connecticut and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Elsevier Announces Launch of New Journal: Current Opinion in Food Science 2Elsevier Announces Launch of New Journal: Current Opinion in Food Science 3Adipic Dihydrazide Industry 2019 Research Forecasts on Worldwide, China Regions Now Available at ReportsnReports.com 2Adipic Dihydrazide Industry 2019 Research Forecasts on Worldwide, China Regions Now Available at ReportsnReports.com 3CannLabs Secures $750,000 Line Of Credit 2
... ... of Bavituximab,s Mechanism of Action in ... - Results Further Support Future Clinical Trials Testing Bavituximab in ... Combination With Radiation Therapy -, TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 4 Peregrine,Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ...
... Sept. 4 Alexion,Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXN ) ... Alexion Pharmaceuticals, will present at the,Bear Stearns 20th Annual ... on Tuesday, September 11, 2007. An audio webcast ... can,access the webcast at: http://www.alexionpharm.com . An archived ...
... To Maintain Roles as Vice Chairman of The Foundry and Advisor ... ... Labs, MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 4 Morgenthaler ... and information technology investments, today announced the,addition of Hank Plain as ...
Cached Biology Technology:Study Published in Clinical Cancer Research Confirms Potential Of Peregrine's Bavituximab Combined With Radiation In Lung Cancer 2Study Published in Clinical Cancer Research Confirms Potential Of Peregrine's Bavituximab Combined With Radiation In Lung Cancer 3Study Published in Clinical Cancer Research Confirms Potential Of Peregrine's Bavituximab Combined With Radiation In Lung Cancer 4Study Published in Clinical Cancer Research Confirms Potential Of Peregrine's Bavituximab Combined With Radiation In Lung Cancer 5Hank Plain Joins Morgenthaler Ventures as Partner 2Hank Plain Joins Morgenthaler Ventures as Partner 3
This modular benchtop laminar flow hood forces air through a 99.99% efficient HEPA filter to create a clean processing area. Options include a work bench, ionizaing bar, and air velocity gauge....
... Scientific ChromQuest Chromatography Data System (CDS) ... data acquisition, chromatography data processing and ... High Speed LC. The companys innovative ... maximize the benefits of Thermo Scientific ...
...
... QPCR SYBR Green Mixes are optimised for SYBR ... necessary to perform Quantitative PCR, with the exception ... Green Mix contains optimal levels of active SYBR ... in a proprietary reaction buffer that enables detection ...
Biology Products: