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Frontman of 1980s rock band The Cars found dead

Frontman of 1980s rock band The Cars found dead

Entertainment
Ric Ocasek, the frontman of US band The Cars, best known for their 1980s hit single Drive, has died aged 75. Ocasek was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon, when police responded to a 911 call. There were no signs of foul play and a post-mortem is to take place, the NYPD said.Ocasek sang, played guitar and wrote most of the band's songs. His death comes a year after The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Image: Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek in 1990 The Cars formed in Boston in 1976 by Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, who played bass. Despite being a decade older than other rock compatriots, they led the new wave movement in the US into the 1980s. ...
Ditch cars to meet climate change targets, say MPs

Ditch cars to meet climate change targets, say MPs

Science
People will have to get out of their cars if the UK is to meet its climate change targets, MPs say.The Science and Technology Select Committee says technology alone cannot solve the problem of greenhouse gas emissions from transport.It says the government cannot achieve sufficient emissions cuts by swapping existing vehicles for cleaner versions. The government said it would consider the committee's findings.In its report, the committee said: “In the long-term, widespread personal vehicle ownership does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation.”It echoes a report from an Oxford-based group of academics who warned that even electric cars produce pollution through their tyres and brakes. How polluting are idling cars and buses? Madrid b
Volvo recalling 500,000 cars worldwide over fire risk

Volvo recalling 500,000 cars worldwide over fire risk

Technology
Volvo is recalling 507,000 cars worldwide after an investigation discovered a faulty engine component which could cause the vehicles to catch fire.The Swedish carmaker, which was bought by the Chinese group Geely in 2010, issued the recall on Monday. More than 69,000 cars in the UK are affected. Volvo said it was contacting all affected customers.According to the company its internal "investigations by Volvo Cars have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform" causing a risk of fire."In the most extreme cases, there is a possibility that a localised engine bay fire may occur," the company told Sky News. Advertisement According to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for...
Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem,’ report warns

Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem,’ report warns

Science
Car use will still need to be curbed even when all vehicles are powered by clean electricity, a report has said.It warns that electrifying cars will not address traffic jams, urban sprawl and wasted space for parking.The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) report calls on the government to devise a strategy allowing people to have a good standard of living without needing a car.The government said it was spending £2bn to promote walking and cycling. It also says it plans to spend £50bn on improving roads. However, critics accuse the government of not having a serious plan to deal with the social problems associated with mass car ownership.CREDS is an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the UK."Car use is a massive bli
Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas & James Sillars, business reporters Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to build new electric vehicle models at its Castle Bromwich plant, a decision it says safeguards thousands of jobs at the site and in the supply chain.Britain's biggest carmaker said it had forced itself into the decision despite continued Brexit uncertainty but signalled future investment in its home market was not guaranteed as it needed to see the "right deal". The company said the first electric vehicle to be produced at the Birmingham factory would be Jaguar's flagship saloon, the XJ. Image: The Jaguar I-PACE is made in Austria It will be seen as a boost for the British car industry after JLR...