How greener streets can lead to healthier cities

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United Kingdom

Headlines in the run up to Cop26 have promised new technologies, including electric carsflying taxis and heat pumps to warm our homes. But we can do more – starting with the streets around us.

Jon Burke, a decarbonisation policy consultant, has likened the private motor vehicle to an invasive species. It grows to dominate our transport systems, choking out alternatives, and erodes the diverse social fabric of neighbourhoods. While electric vehicles will reduce climate-changing emissions and exhaust pollution, they will not relieve our congested roads and will not tackle air pollution from tyres, brakes and road wear.

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