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Topic Reading-Vol.2867-2/16/2020

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2020/02/16 Topic Reading-Vol.2867-2/16/2020

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Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035

Though the UK leaves the European Union, it seems to stay as a member of the global community to reduce carbon emissions. In order to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050, the UK pulled up the schedule to restrict the sale of new gasoline, diesel or hybrid cars by five years from 2040 to 2035. That sounds ambitious but is necessary as the average age of cars on the road in the country is increasing steadily and has passed the eight-year-old mark. In fact, nearly half of the cars on the road are over six years old. So, if they want to achieve the 2050 goal, the last fossil-fuel engine car to be sold should be no later than 2035 or even 2030.

Some say the 2050 net-zero target is too ambitious. However, if you look at how fast technologies in IT, robotics, communication, bioscience, and rocket science are advancing, it may not be so surprising to see auto-driving emission-free vehicles outnumber human-driven gas-guzzlers on the road. Imagine which generation, or “G”, mobile communication you’ll be using in 2035. What will you be able to do with it?

Enjoy reading the article and think about what would drive political leaders to take actions, personal ambition, political realism. or a 17-year-old girl.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51366123

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