Electric bikes and silent trucks to green goods deliveries

Urban goods deliveries add to traffic congestion, noise and pollution. Image credit - Andrew Kambel/ Unsplash

Across Europe’s cities, the demand for delivery services is increasing. But these deliveries affect urban life as they add to traffic congestion, noise and pollution and many cities are now trying out alternative modes of transport that could help. Known as ‘last-mile’ deliveries, this system involves the transport of goods and services from a depot in the … Read more

Q&A: ‘Cities need to roll out carrots and sticks to solve the last-mile problem’

Researchers are looking at how to encourage 'modal shift' - moving people away from using private cars for short journeys and instead cycling or walking. Image credit - Febiyan/ Unsplash

How people and deliveries get to their final destination is currently making urban environments harder places to live, and cities need to solve this ‘last mile problem’ by using a combination of ‘carrot and stick’ measures, according to Karen Vancluysen, secretary general of Polis, a network of European cities and regions working on sustainable innovative … Read more

Human-wildlife conflict threatens protected reserves in East Africa

The migration routes of wildebeest are being squeezed by human activity. Image credit - Jorge Tung/Unsplash

by Sarah Wild Each year, more than a million wildebeest migrate across the grassy plains of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. But on the borders of these protected areas, human populations are increasing and wild ecosystems are struggling to survive in the face of development. Understanding these pressures is … Read more