Back in the day, buying cars was deemed a luxury – a thing that only rich people could afford. But as time passes by, they have gradually become a necessity. They have helped humanity move from point A to point B with ease. However, these vehicles have also caused environment distraction such as pollution.
Interestingly, in a report from Daily Mail, both petrol and diesel cars will no longer exist in some parts of the world come 2040. Why? Because they will be banned in order to improve air quality.
The ban is part of Britain’s goal to achieve low emission on roads in the future.
Moreover, the crackdown would mean more taxes to pay for owners of the said vehicles. This is to discourage them from using the polluting cars.
The strategy to band petrol and diesel cars has already started, courtesy of ministers Michael Gove and Chris Grayling. The two pushed the scheme in a High Court case concerning air pollution.
The strategy is being headed by ministers Michael Gove (left) and Chris Grayling (right).
As soon as 2040 arrives, drivers will be forced to buy electric cars only. And if this indeed happens, the 150-year-reign of internal combustion engine will come to an end.
Gove encouraged the rest of the European countries such as Norway and France to do the same. He and Grayling are hoping to see a path to low emission future on roads.
Petrol and diesel cars have caused so much pollution, causing all sort of diseases.
The strategy would mean an end to the reign of internal combustion engine in the market.
From around 2020, town halls will be given the opportunity to levy extra charges on all diesel drivers. This will be done using UK’s 81 most polluted routes, if and only if air quality proves to be a failure.
Gove in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program had this to say:
We can’t carry on with diesel and petrol cars, not just because of the health problems that they cause, but also because the emissions that they cause would mean that we would accelerate climate change, do damage to our planet and to the next generation.”
The minister was asked if there could be an existing alternative such as nuclear power energy and/or more wind farms. But for him, when it comes to “embracing new technology,” there is no alternative whatsoever.
Come 2020, the government will levy extra charges on diesel drivers to discourage them from using their polluting vehicle.
The ministers also encourage the push of electric cars as replacement on roads.
The government, however, is looking for alternatives in fighting pollution.
The British government is also set to invest money in a Clean Air Fund. The said funding is meant to support all kinds of improvements in order to avoid the restrictions on polluting cars. Although the two ministers accepted the program, they still insisted on considering restrictions on polluting cars at least on affected roads.
Japanese Woman Dies From Tick Disease After Being Bitten By A Cat
Tick bites are usually painless so patients don’t really know that they’ve been bitten.
A Japanese woman who had been helping a stray cat died last year after being bitten by one. According to Japan health ministry, the woman may have died from a tick-borne disease, which she contracted from the feline.
This finding bears much significance since it could be the first case of a mammal to human transmission. Tick disease is usually caused by a direct bite from the parasite.
The unnamed woman in her 50s was helping a sick stray cat when she got bitten.
NAIA Baggage Loader Arrested After Stealing Jewelry From Passenger’s Bag
The suspect had been under surveillance for another case of theft.
Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport was in hot water because of the scandalous “tanim bala” or bullet planting scheme in 2015, which airport security personnel were allegedly doing as a means of extortion. Now, the airport is once again facing controversy as airport authorities recently arrested a baggage loader who was caught stealing.
Filipino publication Pilipino Star Ngayon (via The Manila Times) reported that an officer from the Aviation Operations and Management, Inc. (AVOMSI) arrested the suspect, named Roger Daniel, after jewelry items were found in his hands. According to the report, Daniel had, in his possession, four sets of earrings, four rings, two necklaces, and a wristwatch. These items belonged to a passenger of the Etihad Airways.
A security specialist confronted the suspect after he saw him act suspiciously.
Thailand is Sick Of Backpackers Begging For Money On Streets
The country’s government even coined the term ‘beg-packers’ for them.
Travelling to different places is definitely a fun thing to do, provided that you have the luxury to do so. And by luxury it means resources such as food, clothes and, more importantly, money. These are the basics – a no-brainer perhaps. But alas, some so-called backpackers are trying to stain the art of travel by begging for money on the streets.
Apparently, Thailand has had enough of these backpackers. In fact, they coined them with the name "beg-packers" for the literal meaning of it.
Backpackers (infamously known as "beg-packers") are flooding the streets of Thailand, begging for money to support their travel needs.
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