Critical Mass: Transport, Environment and Society in the Twenty-first Century

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Pluto Press, 1997 - Social Science - 251 pages
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Despite demanding enormous resources, transport policies are incapable of resolving basic problems of safety, health, welfare and congestion. This book, pointing out that car-dependency is shared throughout Europe, Asia and North America, argues that the problems can only be solved globally by a shared recognition of common needs. In addition, with transport inextricabley linked with consumerism and the lifestyles that car ownership has created, the book argues that the challenge is to replace the current technology with an alternative that is sustainable and will solve the fundamental problems of poverty, inequity and social development.
 

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Contents

Perranporth and China
1
Figures
9
A Faustian Bargain
17
day and distance travelled
20
Tables
26
Free to Choose and Free to Grow
34
125g
42
A Word with the Driver
50
Sustainability
97
Environment
114
Transport and Equity
128
Traffic and Health
147
Resolutions
170
Emissions
185
Solutions
200
Bibliography
227

What Time is This Place?
59
Transport Improvements
74
What Place is This Time?
76
Glossary and Abbreviations
239
Index
244
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About the author (1997)

John Whitelegg is Professor of Environmental Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and Managing Director of the transport and environment consultancy Ecologica, based in Lancaster. He has written widely on transport issues.

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