Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dublin to make city centre car free, aims for 15 per cent cycling share "Dublin City Council is aiming to ban cars from much of the centre of the Irish capital and is also aiming for cycling to account for 15 per cent of journeys there by 2017."

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Capitalists panicked over falling birth rate in Germany -- #degrowth

Catholic Online: "LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The average number of births per 1,000 populations dropped to 8.2 over the five years from 2008 to 2013, a study by the World Economy Institute in Hamburg (HWWI) found. Even Japan did slightly better birthrate at 8.4.

"No other industrial country is deteriorating at this speed despite the strong influx of young migrant workers. Germany cannot continue to be a dynamic business hub in the long-run without a strong jobs market," the institute warns.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Save on health costs, give up cars

Switching to public transport or cycling/walking to get to work might help shed the pounds: "Switching from a car to walking, cycling, or public transport was associated with a statistically significant average reduction in BMI of 0.32 kg/m2 after taking account of other influential factors—equivalent to a difference of around 1 kg a person, on average.
The longer the commute, the stronger was the association, with a reduction in BMI of 0.75 kg/m2 (equivalent to a weight loss of around 2 kg) associated with journeys of more than 10 minutes, and 2.25 kg/m2 associated with journeys of more than 30 minutes—equivalent to weight loss of around 7 kg, on average."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

POLLUTION: Calls for free public transport after today's warnings

Ashford Herald: "With levels of pollution in the South East set to be dangerously high today, a politician has called for public transport across the area to be made free for the day.

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is calling for the move in cities and towns today to combat the very extreme levels of air pollution being caused by the warm weather, traffic fumes, pollution from the continent and dust from the Sahara."

Thursday, April 16, 2015

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

Co.Exist: "After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn't make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn't just the smog or the traffic deaths; in a city, cars aren't even a convenient way to get around."

Sunday, April 12, 2015

​Green MEP calls for day of ‘free public transport’ to combat air pollution

Isle of Wight News: "Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is calling for public transport across South East England to be made free within cities and towns today (Friday) to combat the very extreme levels of air pollution that is expected across the region."

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Germans want fewer cars in built-up areas, more public transport

DW.DE | 30.03.2015: "The results of Germany's biennial environment survey have been released. It found that the vast majority of Germans want town planners to shift their focus from private car transport to more eco-friendly options."