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Active transport could save 16,000 lives

Cycling Promotion Fund

Major political parties have been urged to embrace active transport as part of the policy cure for the challenges of chronic disease, climate change, congestion and pollution.

Peak Oil is History

Culture Change, 1 September 2010

The marketing blurb on the back cover of the first edition of my first book, Reinventing Collapse, described me as "a leading Peak Oil theorist." When I first saw it, my jaw dropped — and remained hanging. You see, if you run through a list of bona fide leading Peak Oil theorists — your Hubberts, your Campbells, Laherrères, Heinbergs, Simmonses and a few others worth mentioning, you will not find a single Orlov am

Queensland faces rising sea of emptiness

Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 2010

IT NEVER rains but it pours. Victoria’s floods have added to problems for Queensland hotel and resort operators facing a sea of empty rooms during the September school holidays. A high Australian dollar is  already  driving away international visitors from the Sunshine State.

Wellington car pooling scheme wins NZ sustainability

 Let's Carpool, Greater Wellington Regional Council's carpooling programme, has won a national award and has received a very positive independent evaluation.

Natural gas from shale rock promises energy revolution

BBC News, 8 September 2010

A new source of energy, shale gas promises to add significantly to the world's energy reserves but there are concerns about the environmental impact of extraction. BP's former chief executive Tony Hayward has described it as a "game changer" in energy supply, the major oil companies are betting millions on its success and it might just turn Blackpool into the new Dallas.

[US] Traffic deaths at lowest in 60 years

USA Today, 9 September 2010

Traffic deaths in the USA are at a 60-year low despite a slight uptick in miles driven, and the chances of dying on the road are the lowest ever, the Department of Transportation says.

U.S. sees weaker 2011 world oil demand growth

Reuters, 8 September 2010

The U.S. government on Wednesday slightly raised its forecast for growth in world oil demand this year, but cut the forecast for next year on the gloomy outlook for strong global economic expansion.

German Military Report: Peak Oil Could Lead to Collapse of Democracy

Clearing House, 2 September 2010

Peak oil has happened or will happen some time around this year, and its consequences could threaten the continued survival of democratic governments, says a secret Germany military report that was leaked online.

Peak Denial about Peak Oil

OpEd News, 3 September 2010

It is par for the course that with oil hovering between $70 and $80 per barrel Americans have continued to buy SUVs and trucks at a rapid pace. Politicians don't have constituents screaming at them because gas is $4.00 per gallon, so it is no longer an issue for them. They need to focus on the November elections. It is no time to discuss a difficult issue that requires foresight and honesty.

Peak projections

Climate Spectator, 2 September 2010

Like climate change, the possibility of peak oil poses an uncomfortable challenge to citizens and governments alike in the 21st century. ‘Peak oil’ is the term first used by M K Hubbert in the 1950s to describe the point in time at which the worldwide production of crude oil extraction will be maximised. But while it is inevitable that production will peak at some point, it is uncertain when that point will be reached.