posted by Kaihsu Tai on July 29th, 2008

Cutting greenhouse emissions by…
20 % by 2020 (30 % if global pact): European Union
30 % by 2020; 60 % to 80 % by 2050 at 1 % global GDP: Stern Report
60 % by 2050: Climate Change Bill (United Kingdom) (as it stands)
80 % by 2050: Stop Climate Chaos, Barack Obama
90 % by 2030: Operation Noah, Green Party of England and Wales
100 % by 2027: Zero Carbon Britain
(Thanks to Peter Lornie and Martin Hodson for discussions at the John Ray Initiative online forum.)

Comparing road fatalities and homicides
in the Thames Valley Police area

year 2002/3 2003/4 2004/5 2005/6 2006/7
homicides 23 20 25 21 20
road fatalities 173 141 154 157 129 149 143
year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

(Thanks for Lynda Boodell at Thames Valley Police for researching this Freedom of Information request.)

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  1. On July 30, 2008 at 14:26 Rudi said:

    Let’s not forget the United States Army, now committed to cutting its carbon bootprint:

  2. On August 2, 2008 at 05:31 Adam Villani said:

    Or the state of California…

    Reducing to 1990 levels by 2020 (25% reduction) and then 80% below that by 2050.

  3. On August 22, 2008 at 17:49 Kaihsu Tai said:

    I received a letter from 10 Downing Street today, which said:

    The Government recognises that understanding of climate science and economics is continually developing, which is why it amended the [Climate Change] Bill to make it a legal requirement for the Committee on Climate Change to review the 2050 target and consider whether it needs to be tightened up to 80%. The Committee will have the independence and the right expertise to carry out this review, and will be able to provide a robust set of scientific and economic analysis to underpin its advice. Before taking any decision, we need to properly understand the implications, costs and benefits of different options. These are important issues with significant environmental, economic and social implications. For example what would be the economic costs and benefits of various 2050 targets? How would this be affected if the rest of the world was also taking meaningful action to tackle climate change, or if UK was going it alone?

    This is why the Government has asked the Committee to review the 2050 target and advise, by December this year, on whether it should be tightened up to 80%. Once the Committee has reported, Ministers can then take a balanced view of the most appropriate level, particularly in the contect of progress at international level.

  4. On September 1, 2008 at 11:41 Kaihsu Tai said:

    The comparison of road fatalities and homicides should be read in combination with this table of chances of survival for a person hit by a car: 40 mph: 15% survive; 30 mph: 55% survive; 20 mph: 95% survive.

    The Lord Mayor of Oxford advocates a 20 miles per hour (mph) speed limit for the city centre, following Jenny Jones, Member of the London Assembly.

  5. On September 3, 2008 at 04:54 Kaihsu Tai said:

    Now there is an official consultation about the proposed 20 mph (32 km/h, sorry) speed limit organized by the Oxfordshire County Council.