Electric cars won’t solve our pollution problems – Britain needs a total transport rethink | George Monbiot | The Guardian
George MonbiotWed 23 Sep 2020All vehicles create carbon emissions and cause congestion. The coronavirus crisis should help us break our dependence on…. A switch to electric cars will reduce pollution. It won’t eliminate it, as a high proportion of the microscopic particles thrown nto the air by cars, which are highly damaging to our health, arise from tyres grating on the surface of the road. Tyre wear is also by far the biggest source of microplastics pouring into our rivers and the sea. And when tyres, regardless of the engine that moves them, come to the end of their lives, we still have no means of properly recycling them.