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UK rail system has ‘serious problems’ and needs to be fixed

The Independent, 27 July 2009

More rail companies will be allowed to walk away from their obligations and leave taxpayers with the bill for running their unprofitable rail services unless the Government makes radical changes to its "muddled" franchising system, MPs have warned. In a devastating assessment of Britain's rail network, a report by the Commons transport committee said the second collapse of the East Co

We are stewing in our own oven

Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2009

You, reader, live in a primitive city. In a hundred years from now, the society we are building will look back and marvel at how little we really understood about the world we have constructed for ourselves. We are stewing in our own juices.

Kiribati and Tuvulu plan climate change strategy: total evacuation

Crikey, 27 July 2009

Climate change is already having major effects on Pacific Island states, according to a new report from Oxfam, which looked at mitigation and adaptation strategies in the region and assistance from Australia and New Zealand.

Chinese energy is greener than ours

The Australian, 27 July 2009

IT'S hard to comprehend, Martin Ferguson said last week. The federal Minister for Resources and Energy was referring to the fact that, in the next decade, China will bring on line about 1000 average-sized coal-fired power stations, equivalent to 34 times Australia's present coal-burning generation capacity.

US vehicle efficiency hardly changed since Model T

New Scientist, 23 July 2009

The average fuel efficiency of the US vehicle fleet has risen by just 3 miles per gallon since the days of the Ford Model T, and has barely shifted at all since 1991. Those are the conclusions reached by

Researchers Say Planes, Not Cars, Are Best For Biofuels

BNet Energy, 22 July 2009

There’s an interesting idea being batted around by a United Kingdom think tank called the Policy Exchange: that planes should use all the available supply of biofuels, and other alternatives should be used for cars.

San Francisco PO Preparedness Task Force Report

In March 2009 the the San Francisco Peak Oil Preparedness Task Force published its report on the city's vulnerability to peak oil and gas. The report acknowledges the threat to San Francisco from peak oil and gas and includes a raft of recommendations. The Task Force Members will present their findings to members of the Board of Supervisors’ Government Oversight and Audit Committee on Thursday, July 23.

Petroeconomics–the U.S. vs. China

Cutting Edge, 22 July 2009

The events of recent months have exposed the differing approaches to energy as practiced by China and the US. China has lent Brazilian oil giant Petrobras US $10 billion to further its offshore exploration work in return for a flow of oil equaling 160,000 b/d.

London to Cardiff rail line will be electrified to cut carbon footprint

The Guradian, 21 July 2009

One of Britain's busiest rail lines is to be electrified in a move that will introduce greener and more reliable services for millions of passengers. The government is finalising plans to transform the Great Western mainline as part of a drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport. The programme will involve installing hundreds of miles of electric cables as well as alterations to tunnels, bridges and stations on one of Britain&

LAUNCH OF WA2020 PROJECT: 6 August

The Murdoch University School of Sustainability and The Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy Invite you to the launch of THE WA2020 PROJECT.

 

Thursday August the 6th at 6pm, BRIAN HILL LECTURE THEATRE, Murdoch University (Car park 5,

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