The car is one of the largest threats to the health of the planet. There are over 700 million of them, roughly 8 per cent of the world's population has a car, and many more aspire to owning one. China and India alone have the potential to add 300 million each to the world's car fleet in the next decade. While the car and oil companies may view this with excitement the impact on the global environment would be disastrous.
In terms of energy used, a diesel car averaging 30mpg carrying the driver uses 5.93 mega joules per passenger kilometre (mj/km) compared to a half- full 70-seater bus that uses 0.78 mj/km. We need radical solutions to curb the threat vast numbers of cars cause to the health of us all. This must apply not just to the UK but globally.
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