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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBERS 11-12, NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1994

NEWS... BRITISH TRANSPORTATION STUDY


Item #d94nov203

A two-year study by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution recommends transferring half of Britain's road construction funds to public transportation, and doubling gasoline taxes by the year 2005. These are among 110 recommendations for achieving eight objectives including reducing CO2 emissions. The Commission, chaired by Sir John Houghton who also co-chairs a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established several targets for increasing the use of public transportation and bicycles over the next 25 years. (See Nature, p. 9, Nov. 3 and editorial on pp. 115-116, Nov. 10; New Scientist, p. 6, Nov. 5.) Britain's Environment Secretary John Gummer rejected some of the more "draconian" measures in the report, but agreed that automobile use can no longer supersede environmental concerns. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 950, Nov. 16.)

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