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NewspaperUpdate5The Times

Eco-friendly vehicles can be more toxic

They are marketed as safer for the environment, but so-called eco-friendly cars may not be quite as clean as they seem.

The vehicles, which are supposedly more ecologically friendly as a result of not running on diesel, have been found to produce higher levels of tiny toxic particles, which are produced as a result of wear on car tyres and brakes. As eco-friendly cars typically weigh 25 per cent more than most cars, they wear through tyres and brakes faster and produce more particles. “We found that non-exhaust emissions from brakes, tyres and the road, are far larger than exhaust

Eco-filling station aims to fuel the rise of green cars

It promises all the green benefits of driving an electric car without the worry of the battery running flat and leaving you stranded. Drivers of hydrogen fuel cell cars will be able to fill up at a network of stations that generate their fuel on site from renewable energy. A station in Teddington, southwest London, opens today with the capacity to produce hydrogen during periods when wind turbines are producing more power than the grid needs. It uses electrolysis to generate hydrogen from tap water. The electro-lyser takes power from the grid and can be switched on and off remotely.

The Guardian

Bank of England meeting could discuss cutting interest rates

The Bank of England’s interest rate setters meet against a gloomy economic backdrop this week that could prompt at least one policymaker to push for a cut in borrowing costs to shore up stalling growth. The nine-strong monetary policy committee (MPC) is not expected to make any changes to the record low base rate of 0.5% on Thursday. But investors will be scouring minutes of the latest meeting and the Bank’s new forecasts for the economy released at the same time for clues as to whether the next move will be up or down.

Japan now has more electric car charge points than petrol stations

When it comes to electric vehicles, Japan is speeding ahead of the rest of the world, blissfully free of the range anxiety that afflicts plug-in drivers elsewhere. The country now has more electric car charging stops than petrol stations, according to a recent survey by Nissan. The Japanese automaker, whose fully battery-powered Leaf can travel up to 172km (107 miles) on a single charge, said there were more than 40,000 places nationwide where electric car owners could recharge their vehicles, compared with fewer than 35,000 petrol stations.

The Independent

EU referendum and national living wage push up the number of workers on temporary contracts

Billings for temporary and contract staff at employment agencies were at a 13 month high in April, according to the latest figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

average UK salary for permanent staff decreased 3.4 per cent to £32,899 in April, compared to £34,055 in March. The retail sector has been hit hardest, with an 8.9 per cent drop in salary month-on-month, pushing the average salary in retail down to £28,762 as crowdsourced data from jobs site CV-Library has revelead.

The Daily Telegraph

Study says electric cars could emit almost as many particulates as petrols and diesels – but experts disagree

A study carried out at the University of Edinburgh has suggested that electric cars could produce almost as many particulate emissions as petrol and diesel cars, simply because they’re heavier and wear down their brakes and tyres more quickly. The study said that it found “a positive relationship between weight and non-exhaust [particulate matter] emission factors” and added that “electric vehicles (EVs) were found to be 24% heavier than equivalent internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs)”. However, experts in the field of electric vehicles have been quick to criticise the findings of the study, suggesting that it doesn’t take into account key factors including electric vehicles’ usage of regenerative braking, which uses engine braking rather than the brakes themselves in order to slow the car.

Record low rates mean savers are worse off than ever

Interest rates for savers have fallen to new record lows, after hundreds of cuts in recent months and more than 1,000 in the past year. New analysis for BBC News shows that many people relying on their savings income are worse off than ever before. Savings rates plummeted after the Bank of England slashed its base rate in the financial crisis.

Since last autumn, as the economic outlook has worsened, they have fallen again.

Posted by Sue Robinson on 13/05/2016