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Saudis mobilise thousands of troops to quell growing revolt

The Independent, 5 March 2011

Saudi Arabia was yesterday drafting up to 10,000 security personnel into its north-eastern Shia Muslim provinces, clogging the highways into Dammam and other cities with busloads of troops in fear of next week's "day of rage" by what is now called the "Hunayn Revolution".

Mackay Council supports carpooling initiative

A new [Mackay] carpool initiative could save residents money, help the environment and reduce traffic congestion on our roads. Council’s Sustainable Futures Committee has launched the community project in a concerted bid to reduce our carbon footprint while travelling to work or study. Council today endorsed plans to invest $20,000 from the existing Sustainable Futures budget to purchase the software and establish a website database.

The Collapse of the Old Oil Order

Information Clearing House, 4 March 2011

Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings, and rebellions now sweeping the Middle East, one thing is guaranteed: the world of oil will be permanently transformed.  Consider everything that’s now happening as just the first tremor of an oilquake that will shake our world to its core. For a century stretching b

Can a group of scientists in California end the war on climate change?

The Guardian, 27 February 2011

In 1964, Richard Muller, a 20-year-old graduate student with neat-cropped hair, walked into Sproul Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, and joined a mass protest of unprecedented scale. The activists, a few thousand strong, demanded that the university lift a ban on free spee

Itӳ Well Past Time to Start Taking Peak Oil Seriously

Foreign Policy Journal, 27 February 2011

Michael Lind writes a top-9 list of “most annoying sky-is-falling clichés in American foreign policy” under the headline “So Long, Chicken Little” in the March/April issue of Foreign Policy, with his second pick being, “The world must adapt quickly to the en

January air traffic picks up, high oil prices loom: IATA

Reuters, 28 February 2011

International air freight and passenger traffic picked up in January but rising oil prices caused by political unrest in the Middle East could make 2011 a challenging year, airline body IATA said on Monday.

2008 All Over Again?

Post Carbon Institute, 28 February 2011

As oil prices reach $100 a barrel for the first time since 2008, many people are wondering whether 2011 will see a replay of crashing car sales, nose-diving airlines, and fuel-starved farmers. Food prices—which these days move almost in lockstep with oil prices—are already at frightening levels, leading Lester Brown of Earth Policy Institute to warn of “

High gas prices rattle drivers and businesses

USA Today, 28 February 2011

High [US] fuel prices are putting a squeeze on drivers' wallets just as they are starting to feel better about the economy. They're also forcing tough choices on small-business owners who are reluctant to charge more for fear of losing cost-conscious customers.

Pakistanӳ Energy Crisis

The Epoch Times, 28 February 2011

As industries close and the cost of living rises across Pakistan due to electricity cuts and gas shortages, widespread frustration is heating public sentiment to a boiling point.

More excuses on peak oil – now it is time to act

The Greens, 28 February 2011

It is well past time for the Australian government to start planning for peak oil, instead of making excuses for voting down motions, the Australian Greens said today. "It is not good enough for the government to say that it is going to have a report on liquid fuel security by 2012 as an excuse for voting down this motion," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator
Christine Milne.