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We take a look at the pros and cons of electric cars

Since the Great Smog of 1952, which killed 4,000 Londoners in just five days, air pollution has been linked to a shortened lifespan. Over 60 years later air pollution is still a valid health concern and with more cars on the road than ever, transport is now a major contributor to poor air quality in the UK. Unfortunately, the threat of climate change now hangs over the world and it has been argued that if we do not reduce our polluting emissions we risk the quantity and quality of water resources, crop yields and may even see an increase in climate-related hazards such as droughts and hurricanes, according to the International Panel on Climate Change.

So is it time to switch to electric? The future is foggy (or smoggy), at best when it comes to electric vehicles (EVs). What we can tell you is that global investment in the EV industry is growing and that many governments are keen to make the switch. Earlier this year, India made a commitment to produce only EVs by 2030, cutting off the traditional internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) market completely. This is a deliberate, bellowing statement to the world, driven by India’s estimated 17 million pollution-related deaths per annum, that India wants to be at the forefront of this technological revolution. Whether this ambitious target is achievable or not is almost irrelevant – it signals a push towards this form of transport from one of the world’s most rapidly developing countries.

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Welcome to the August Issue of Vegan Life. The vegan message is continuing to build momentum and our voices are becoming louder. In Vegan View this month we talk to Ed Winters about Surge’s Animal Rights March in London this September and his hopes for animal activism. We also have an inspirational interview with What the Health co-director Kip Andersen. Kip was fantastic to interview — very relaxed, honest and chatty. We spoke to him about his new film and what he has coming up in the future. If you haven’t seen What the Health yet, it is definitely worth putting some time aside to do so. Inside you will find features on pearl farming, the environmental value of electric vehicles and an overview of the vital, but undervalued, vitamin B12. We also have a focus on dog adoption this month. Shocking numbers of dogs are being abandoned at rehoming centres and we explore how adopting a companion can change their life, and yours, for the better. As we enter the last month of the summer, we need to embrace this wonderful season wholeheartedly. In this issue we are showing you how easy it is to make your own vegan ice cream and frozen yoghurt. Your neighbours will have serious food envy when they see you cooling off with our recipe for home-made vegan pistachio ice cream! We also have introduced a new feature this month. We love scrolling through your pictures of the magazine, recipes you have made from Vegan Life and your vegan adventures so we have decided to feature a few of our favourites. Why not try and get your picture published in the next issue? To be featured tag @veganlife_mag on Instagram and Twitter, @veganlifemagazine on Facebook or email Have a great month and we look forward to seeing you in September!