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Is every transport option quite as 'green' as its advocates claim?

Rik Thomas
16 November 2006
The environmental credentials of high-speed rail is currently becoming a controversial topic in the UK
The environmental credentials of high-speed rail is currently becoming a controversial topic in the UK
Toyota is likely to fail to meet its 2008 emission reduction target despite winning praise for its ?green? hybrid Prius model
Toyota is likely to fail to meet its 2008 emission reduction target despite winning praise for its ?green? hybrid Prius model
 

Many people concerned with transport and the environment, and the former's impact on the latter, have a clear 'pecking order' in their heads. Public transport (i.e. bus and rail) is always greener than the car, which is always greener than air travel. Sadly, of course, the real world is a complicated beast and simplistic assertions like the above are rarely, if ever, correct. This point, indeed, was succinctly made by transport secretary Douglas Alexander in a speech earlier this week. "If...

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