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China’s nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km

Yahoo, 23 August 2010

Thousands of vehicles were bogged down Monday in a more than 100-kilometre (62-mile) traffic jam leading to Beijing that has lasted nine days and highlights China's growing road congestion woes. The Beijing-Tibet expressway slowed to a crawl on August 14 due to a spike in traffic by cargo-bearing heavy trucks heading to the capital, and compounded by road maintenance work that began five days later, the Global Times said.

The Big SUV’s death rattle

Fortune, 23 August 2010

Looking for bright spots in auto sales so far in 2010 is like hunting for diamonds in a parking lot at Wal-Mart. You are hard pressed to find anything, and when you do, you have to examine it closely to determine its actual worth. Some analysts have seized on a zircon they may be mistaking for a diamond: the surge in sales of big SUVs. According to Dave Cutting of JD Power, sales of large utilities like the Chevrolet Suburban have risen 22%, while large p

Greenpeace mobilises as firm strikes oil in Arctic

The Guardian, August 2010

A British oil firm will tomorrow announce that it has struck oil off Greenland, a find that could trigger a rush to exploit oil reserves in the pristine waters of the Arctic.


505. Hon LINDA SAVAGE to the Minister for Transport: (1) Why are there no direct bus services from Ellenbrook to Midland on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays? (2) As the government intends Midland to become a special trading precinct, will the government consider providing a direct bus service from Ellenbrook to Midland on Sundays?


527. Hon LINDA SAVAGE to the Minister for Transport:

My question without notice was originally referred to the Leader of the House representing the Premier as it



520. Hon KEN TRAVERS to the Minister for Transport: I refer to the minister’s announcement today regarding bus service changes to Ellenbrook. (1) Has cabinet authorised any additional funding to the Public Transport Authority to implement these changes, or are they being provided from existing resources? (2) Are any additional buses being purchased to implement these changes? (3) If no additional resources or buses have been provided, what existing services have been alte

Call to repeal law on bicycle helmets

Sydney Morning Herald, 24 August 2010

ALMOST 20 years after Australia became the first country to make it illegal to ride a bike without a helmet, two Sydney University researchers say the law does not work and we would be better off without it.


Grievance MR A.J. WADDELL (Forrestfield) [9.13 am]: My grievance is to the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Transport and it concerns the state of the Armadale train line, particularly the Kenwick and Maddington train stations, which continue to be a terrible blight and a dangerous problem to the community. The state government has failed to do anything about this problem, despite the Premier saying, after visiting the Kenwick train station last year, that i

Australian crude oil production to decline by 85% over the next 10 years

Crude Oil Peak, 17 March 2010

On 1st March 2010, the Federal Government published a new Australian Energy Resource Assessment (AERA)[1].  In chapter 3 on oil it contains a graph on future oil production on page 79.

Lasers or Longbows? A Paradox of Military Technology

Australian Defence Force Journal, July-August 2010

The advantage provided by the increased complexity of a military capability increases the vulnerability of that same capability to systemic collapse due to its reliance on complex supply chains Peak Oil is just one of the problems facing defence forces, but perhaps a critical on