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Cameron Roberts

Cameron Roberts

Researcher in Sustainable Transportation, Carleton University
My background is in the history of technology, and in socio-technical transitions theory, the latter of which is a field studying large-scale technological change from a social science perspective. Most of my research involves using historical case studies to understand past examples of rapid and wide-reaching change in technical systems, and apply that to the present-day challenge of rapidly de-carbonising our societies.

I have a particular interest in mobility: My PhD studied the role of public storylines in mediating the transition from a rail-dominated transportation system to a road-dominated transportation system in the United Kingdom and the United States during the twentieth century. More recently, I have reviewed the recent history of cycling in Canada for the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and investigated the climate change implications of autonomous vehicles.

There aren't enough batteries to electrify all cars — focus on trucks and buses instead

Aug 01, 2020 14:51 pm UTC| Technology

We need to change our transportation system, and we need to do it quickly. Road transportation is a major consumer of fossil fuels, contributing 16 per cent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, which warm up...

Carbon pricing may be overrated, if history is any indication

Feb 22, 2020 00:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Science

A common demand in discussions about climate change is to respect the science. This is appropriate. We should all be paying close attention to the urgent and terrifying conclusions being published by climate...

Self-driving cars will not fix our transportation woes

Jan 06, 2020 16:49 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Its 2035, and youre going to a movie. As you walk out the door, you reach for your phone instead of the car keys because you dont have a car. Instead, youve ordered your ride to come to you. The car that arrives has no...

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Economy

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

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UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

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CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

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Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

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Politics

Joe Biden Nomination: UK Labor MP Chris Bryant nominates former VP for Nobel Peace Prize

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Donald Trump announcement: POTUS reveals plan to distribute 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests

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Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump could face imprisonment, says former Watergate prosecutor

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Melania Trump, Jill Biden meet for the first time at first presidential debate

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Science

Asteroid alert: Rock similar to Chelyabinsk meteor to pass by Earth today

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NASA: Chandra X-Ray Observatory turns images of Milky Way galaxy into sound

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NASA releases image of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

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Technology

Motorola Razr 2020 arrives on Oct. 2 with up to $700 discount on T-Mobile

The Motorola Razr 2020 is almost here, and T-Mobile appears to have one of the best offers that could get its customers up to 50% discount. It is also worth noting that the upcoming smartphone will have a number of specs...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ last phase of development sends CD Projekt Red in a crunch

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iOS 14.2 beta 2 code hints at iPhone 12 boxes not having free EarPods

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‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’ is delayed to ‘early 2021’

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‘Final Fantasy 16’ gets provisional M age rating

More information is being released since Final Fantasy 16 was announced during the PlayStation 5 event earlier this month. One of them includes its age rating that indicates the titles content, visuals, and gameplay are...
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