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World may not be warming, say scientists

Times, 14 February 2010

The United Nations climate panel faces a new challenge with scientists casting doubt on its claim that global temperatures are rising inexorably because of human pollution.

In Detroit, Is There Life After the Big 3?

New York Times, 13 February 2010

CRUISE the blighted streets that shoot off in either direction from 8 Mile Road, and the scars of the automotive crisis abound. “For sale” signs adorn the front of long-shuttered metal, paint and tool-and-die shops. And at factories still in business, the small number of cars in the parking lots testify that the shops are working below capacity.

Consultation sought on a simplified heavy vehicle mass management scheme

WA Government, 12 February 2010

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien today released a discussion paper on the development of a simplified mass management scheme for the road freight industry in Western Australia. Mr O’Brien said the releas


New York Times, 10 February 2010

Drive along foreclosure alley, through new planned communities that look like tile-roofed versions of a 21st century ghost town, and you see what happens when people gamble with houses instead of casino chips. Dirty flags advertise rock-bottom discounts on empty starter mansions. On the ground, foreclosure signs are tagged with gang graffiti. Empty lots are untended, cratered with mud puddles from the winter storms that have hammered California&r

The release of the Industry Taskforce Report on Peak Oil and Energy Security

Energy Bulletin, 10 February 2010

Today's launch of the second report of the [UK] Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES) was rather more high-profile than the previous one. After summaries of the report from other contributors, Richard Branson arrived late to read out a short speech and media interest (informally measured by the rate of camera flashes) picked up; we can expect a scattering of news stories about the report to follow, in the usual places.

Why Exxon’s Billions Won’t Help It Access Oil

BNet Energy, 9 February 2010

ExxonMobil has plenty of money to find and produce oil. Billions of dollars, in fact. But like other Western oil companies, Exxon is going to struggle to add to its oil reserves because it no longer calls the shots in negotiations with developing countries.

Smartcard could offer cheaper rego

SA Greens, 9 February 2010

A public transport 'smartcard' offers the opportunity to provide incentives for commuters, including discounts on their vehicle registration, says [SA] Greens MLC Mark Parnell.

A refreshing dose of honesty

The Economist, 4 February 2010

NOT long after the flood, when Noah was safely back on dry land, God promised: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man…And never again will I destroy all living creatures.” The implication is clear. “Man will not destroy this earth,” says John Shimkus, a Bible-reading Republican congressman from Illinois. So there is no need to worry about global warming.

Falklands oil prospects stir Anglo-Argentinian tensions

The Guardian, 7 February 2010

It does not look like much: a jumble of pipes, containers and drilling equipment sitting on a windswept jetty at Port Stanley. The hardware, however, signals an imminent search for oil and gas that could turn the Falkland Islanders into south Atlantic oil barons, a prospect that has already triggered a dispute between Brit

Is diesel dead?

Telegraph, 6 February 2010

Diesel. Nasty oily stuff or thrifty saviour? Until fairly recently, you might have said that UK buyers were coming around to the second view. In Europe, diesel's share of the new passenger car market has grown from 25 per cent to more than 50 per cent during the past decade, but in Britain, from a lower base, growth has been even faster during the same period (from 15 per cent to 43 and a bit).