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Change in travel behaviour required to help achieve global warming targets

27 January 2006

A huge change in how we travel is desperately needed to halt a trend that will see the UK's air dangerously and irreversibly polluted within 15 years if left unchecked, according to a report by the UCL Bartlett School of Planning and the Halcrow Group, commissioned by the Department for Transport.

A change in the behaviour of UK residents will have more impact on achieving the CO2 emission reduction required than advancements in technology, say the authors of the report 'Looking Over the Horizon: Visioning and Backcasting for UK Transport Policy'.

Study co-author, Professor David Banister, UCL Bartlett School of Planning, said: "For governments not to act is becoming increasingly irresponsible. We need major change in the way people travel. Global atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are over 370 parts per million now. This figure is rising at over 2 ppm each year. If we exceed 400 ppm then most people believe we're in trouble in terms of global warming, so we've got 15 years of current growth before we reach a critical point."

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