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Changing climate haunting tourism

International Herald Tribune, 30 October 2007

It is often said that farmers are on the front lines dealing with global warming, their livelihoods being extraordinarily dependent on the weather. But tour operators and resort owners are not far behind. And so, this month, the United Nations convened a conference, "Climate Change and Tourism," for tour operators and officials from nearly 100 countries to discuss the impact of global warming on their livelihoods. "The

GUILDFORD ROAD, MAYLANDS: 22 October

Grievance DR J.M. EDWARDS (Maylands) [9.51 am]: My grievance is to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and concerns Guildford Road, Maylands. Members would realise that Guildford Road is a particularly busy road, and these days it seems busier than ever. The traffic appeared to decrease when the Graham Farmer Freeway opened; people were going different ways and using the tunnel. However, with the increased density of construction in the area, and the increased popular

GRASS PATCH GRAIN BIN – HEAVY HAULAGE ACCESS: 22 Oct

Grievance DR G.G. JACOBS (Roe) [9.37 am]: My grievance is to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and concerns heavy haulage access to the Grass Patch grain bin in the Esperance region. Grass Patch is 50 kilometres north of Esperance and has a 240 000-tonne grain bin. To put that in perspective, it is predicted that the Esperance zone will produce 1.5 million tonnes of grain this year. It is the first quality assurance bin in Western Australia, which means that good fa

STAKEHILL ROAD, KARNUP – TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: 24 Oct

989. Hon NIGEL HALLETT to the minister representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services: I refer to traffic management on Stakehill Road, Karnup. (1) Were police called to an accident that involved a truck tipping over on the corner of Harvey and Stakehill Roads in August, which caused the road to be closed for several hours?

(2) (a) Do police monitor the covering of loads from the former Peel plantation quarry on Stakehill Road;

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MRWA- CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAM: 24 October

985. Hon SIMON O’BRIEN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure: I refer to the request by the cabinet expenditure review committee that all agencies review their capital works program, including a rigorous assessment of the viability of deferring between 20 per cent and 25 per cent of the planned 2007-08 building construction works.

(1) When was this request conveyed to Main Roads Western Australia?

(2) H

NORTHERN SUBURBS RAIL LINE – CAPACITY: 24 October

630. Mr P. PAPALIA to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure: Is there any truth to the claims made by the opposition and reported in The West Australian that there will be a reduction in capacity on the northern suburbs railway line when the southern suburbs rail commences operation?

Fuel shortage as crude oil prices rocket

Shanghai Daily, 30 October 2007

SOME gas stations are limiting diesel sales as the nationwide fuel shortage starts to hit Shanghai.

Why Kuwait wants to shift to heavy oil?

Kuwait Times, 28 October 2007

Last week, Kuwait announced its plans to shift into heavy oil production during an international oil conference to meet its 2020 target of producing 4 million barrels per day (bpd). Kuwait has traditionally produced and exported mainly medium to light crude since the 1950s. Now KOC is pushing for more involvement of international oil companies in developing its heavy oil assets. But why is Kuwait shifting to heavy oil production?
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Biofuels ‘crime against humanity’

BBC News, 27 October 2007

A United Nations expert has condemned the growing use of crops to produce biofuels as a replacement for petrol as a crime against humanity.

 

Cities making us fat: report

ABC News, 27 October 2007

New research says restrictions on the lifestyles of people in Australia's major cities are one of the prime drivers of the nation's obesity problem. The report by Research Australia, to be released next month, looks at the health impacts of the changing environment.

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