First lockdown's effect on air pollution was overstated, our study reveals

Exaggerating how much lockdown improved air quality could allow us to underestimate the scale of the air pollution problem.

William Bloss, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Why lockdown had little to no effect on global temperatures

Some atmospheric pollutants actually help cool the planet, but the sudden shutdown of heavy industry threatened to purge them.

James Weber, PhD Candidate in Atmospheric Chemistry, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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A transition to working from home won't slash emissions unless we make car-free lifestyles viable

One in five now work exclusively from home in the UK. But remote workers still drive about as often as commuters – though for different reasons.

Lee Chapman, Professor of Climate Resilience, University of Birmingham • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Social distancing is making public transport worse for the environment than cars – here's how to fix it

Without plastic shielding between seats or more efficient engines, the environmental benefits of public transport are lost.

Timothy Ostler, PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics, Cardiff University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: lockdown's effect on air pollution provides rare glimpse of low-carbon future

As lockdowns have came into effect around the world, air pollution has plummeted.

Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science, University of Leicester • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Volkswagen’s climate activist won’t be able to change the green credentials of the company any time soon

After 'Dieselgate', Volkswagen appears keen to rescue its public image. Now it's looking to hire its own 'Greta Thunberg'.

Tom Stacey, Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Would you ditch your car if public transport was free? Here's what researchers have found

Fare free public transport exists in at least 98 cities and towns around the world.

Enrica Papa, Senior Lecturer in Transport Planning, University of Westminster • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~5 min

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