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Last updated on July 24th, 2017 at 11:43 am
The Persian Gazelle is missing:
The first car from Iran to enter the World Solar Challenge has failed to arrive in Australia and is at risk of missing Sunday’s start in the Darwin-to-Adelaide race.
The Persian Gazelle, built by a team from the University of Tehran, is thought to be stuck somewhere en route to Australia, possibly Dubai.
Other solar vehicles suffered similar delays:
The French entrant, Sunspeed, has also encountered freight problems, with the car being sent to Sydney by mistake.
Wherever it was sent, let’s hope solar energy was the motive force. Anyway, who cares about some ray-powered French egalité wagon? It’s the Persian Gazelle we anguish over. The vehicle looks sleek and zippy, and the team’s slogan is compelling:
Oil is mortal, we’re in the land of sun.
In semi-related enviro-news, the Kyoto Treaty is toast. Check these comments from Tony Blair:
I would say probably I’m changing my thinking about this [Kyoto treaty] in the past two or three years …
The truth is no country is going to cut its growth or consumption substantially in the light of a long-term environmental problem …
(Via WA editor James Waterton)