2016) A planet with two billion cars – ScienceDirect
Michael Gross is a science writer based at Oxford. 25 April 2016.25 April 2016
Projections indicate there will be two billion motor vehicles on the roads by 2030, most of them still powered by fossil fuels. Apart from the obvious implications for climate change, this trend also spells public health as well as environmental problems on an unprecedented scale. Michael Gross reports.
From the sheer amount of bad news coming through the 24/7 news cycle, one may get the impression that the world is on the road to apocalypse. To counter this impression, the German news magazine Der Spiegel now publishes one trend every week that points in the right direction. Diseases have been eradicated, child labour reduced, flying is safer, etc. One of these silver linings concerns road traffic deaths in Germany. They peaked in 1970 at a horrific 58 people dying on the roads per day. Back then, the comparison often used to convince people afraid of flying was that the massacre on the roads corresponded to one fully booked jumbo jet crashing out of the skies over Western Germany every single week.