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Housing in Peril as Obama Fails to Get Breakthrough

Bloomberg, 29 June 2009

Driving through Riverside, California, Bruce Norris

World Bank launches ‘ecological’ cities programme

Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2009

The World Bank has launched a programme to help cities in developing countries achieve economic growth and high quality living standards without damaging the environment. With around 90 per cent of urban growth worldwide taking place in developing nations and at a rapid pace, city planners are in a race against time to put in place the right policies that will benefit future generations, the bank said.

Crash Puts Focus on Aging Rail Fleets

New York Times, 24 June 2009

The train that rear-ended another in Washington on Monday evening, killing nine people, was made up of some of the oldest cars in Washington’s relatively young subway system, cars that had been cited for vulnerabilities before. But federal data show that many other cities are also using outdated rail equipment.

G.M. Exits Venture With Toyota

New York Times, 29 June 2009

General Motors said Monday that it is pulling out of its joint venture with

Porsche Rejects Volkswagenӳ Bid

New York Times, 29 June 2009

Porsche rebuffed Volkswagen’s proposed purchase of 49 percent of the sports car maker as part of a merger on Monday, saying a sale of the unit would incur a financial penalty that rendered the deal impractical.

Betraying the Planet

PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times, 29 June 2009

So the House passed the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill. In political terms, it was a remarkable achievement. But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered th

Recession, expensive oil slow CO2 growth in 2008

Yahoo! News, 25 June 2009

The global recession has an up side, at least for people worried about climate change: carbo

Iraq Opens Oilfields as Exxon, Shell Seek Foothold

Bloomberg, 25 June 2009

Iraq is set to welcome back foreign oil companies into the war-torn nation to develop the world’s third-largest crude reserves three decades after expelling them.

U.S. Stimulus Puts Bullet Trains on the Fast Track

Time, 22 June 2009

Florida, like many of America's biggest states, can be frustrating to traverse. Driving between such major cities as Miami and Tampa is a back-numbing haul; flying between them, especially at the exorbitant fares many airlines charge, often seems impractical. And as the peninsula state's population has exploded in recent years — Florida is set to pass New York as the nation's third largest state — its road and air corridors have

Who Will Buy Bankrupt Ethanol Maker Aventine?

BNet Energy, 28 May 2009

Bankrupt [US] ethanol producer Aventine Renewable Energy is no longer tying up all its effort and hopes into recapitalization. Company leaders obviously aware of the massive hurdles it faces, has put its business up on the public selling block.

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