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Climate change ‘grave threat’ to security and health

BBC, 17 October 2011

Climate change poses "an immediate,
growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to
an expert conference in London. Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is
likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases.

Norwegian Polar Institute: The Arctic Sea may be free of ice in ten years

Desdemona Despair, 15 October 2011

The melting of the Arctic sea ice is progressing much faster and more
dramatically than earlier estimated, according to new research by the Norwegian
Polar Institute (NPI).
This means that the Arctic Sea could be free of ice in the summer in ten
years time, rather than the 50 to 100 years estimated earlier.

The Electric Leafӳ True Believers WonӴ Leave Well Enough Alone

New York Times, 14 October 2011

WITHIN weeks of when Nissan first began delivering the Leaf to buyers last December, do-it-yourselfers were looking for ways to make the new electric car — an engineering marvel from one of the worl

Countdown to $100 Oil – No Normal Recession

The Oil Drum, 17 October 2011

This is the fourth post in the series following the oil price, markets and general health of the global economy examining the simple theory that OECD recession may result from annual average oil price exceeding $100 /bbl. The annual average price (AAP) of Brent went through $100 on around 16th August 2011 and the AAP stood at $105.3 on 12th October. The AAP high point in the 2008 price spike was $104.8 on 9th October that year.

Labor and Coalition vote down vehicle fuel efficiency inquiry

The Greens, 13 October 2011

The [Federal] Government and Opposition have combined to vote down a Senate Inquiry into vehicle fuel efficiency standards moved by the Australian Greens today.

Nationalise Qantas International!

Sydney Morning Herlad, 14 October 2011

Just three international airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Air New Zealand, operate one-quarter of the seats that are flown into Australia. What do they have in common? They are all majority-owned by governments.

America’s commutes start earlier and last longer

BBC News, 12 October 2011

Working in the city and living on one's own land far out in the countryside has always been a goal for many Americans. The recession has turned hours of commuting to and from work into a reality that's hard to escape.

America’s commutes start earlier and last longer

BBC News, 12 October 2011

Working in the city and living on one's own land far out in the countryside has always been a goal for many Americans. The recession has turned hours of commuting to and from work into a reality that's hard to escape.

Putin Says Russia Is Close to Agreement on Supplying Natural Gas to China

Bloomberg, 12 October 2011

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia is nearing an agreement with China to supply natural gas to the world’s biggest energy consumer. “Those who sell always want to sell at a higher price, while those who buy want to buy at a lower price,” Putin said yesterday at the start of a meeting with Chinese Prime Minister

BP to risk worst ever oil spill in Shetlands drilling

The Independent, 12 October 2011

BP is making contingency
plans to fight the largest oil spill in history, as it prepares to drill more
than 4,000 feet down in the Atlantic in wildlife-rich British waters off the
Shetland Islands.

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