Cosmos Briefing: Electric vehicles

This briefing was originally posted on 19th August 2021. Given our physical size, and our windy and sunny location, Australia has an unlimited capacity in sustainable electricity. Yet, when it comes to electric vehicle purchase, the country lags behind the rest of the world. Why is this the case and what’s being done to change … Continue reading Cosmos Briefing: Electric vehicles

Busted: 5 myths about 30km/h speed limits in Australia

Matthew Mclaughlin, University of Newcastle; Ben Beck, Monash University; Julie Brown, George Institute for Global Health, and Megan Sharkey, UNSW Five Australian states and territories are trialling or planning 30km/h speed limits and zones. However, some people question if 30km/h speed limits are actually urgent and necessary, or are instead a so-called “nanny state” policy … Continue reading Busted: 5 myths about 30km/h speed limits in Australia

Cars rule as pandemic changes travel trends

As with other parts of the global economy, COVID-19 has led to rapid changes in transport trends. The chart below shows overall trends for driving, walking and public transport for Australia as of July 17. Unfortunately, the current lockdown of metropolitan Melbourne, which is at odds with trends in Australia’s other biggest cities, is skewing … Continue reading Cars rule as pandemic changes travel trends

Electric cars are better for the environment

A global analysis has verified that electric cars and heat pumps generate less greenhouse gas over their life cycle than their archaic petrol and fossil boiler counterparts, which together account for a quarter of the world’s emissions. Considering several different climate policy scenarios over the next three decades, European researchers report in the journal Nature that electric vehicles and … Continue reading Electric cars are better for the environment