The Age, 30 April 2012
The sheer size of the Chinese car market is forcing Western car makers to think about restyling their cars to appeal to Chinese tastes first. As more and more Chinese buy cars, car makers say consumer tastes in the Asian nation have a growing influence on vehicle design the world over.
The Independent, 30 April 2012
Heathrow airport has been ordered to stop handing out leaflets to passengers that apologise for delays at immigration.
Global Post, 28 April 2012
While much of the world sees Egypt’s decision to cancel a natural gas contract with Israel as a threat to peace, Egyptians say it just makes good business sense.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau, 19 April 2012
On 27 May 2010, an Airbus A321-231 operating as Jetstar flight JQ57, was undertaking a landing at Singapore Changi International Airport. The aircraft was not in the correct landing configuration by 500 ft height above the aerodrome and, as required by the operator's procedures in the case of an unstable approach, the crew carried out a missed approach.
The investigation identified several events on the flight deck during the approach that distracted the crew to the point where their situation awareness was lost, decision making was affected and inter‑crew communication degraded [the captain was preoccupied with his mobile phone]. In addition, it was established that the first officer's performance was probably adversely affected by fatigue.
The Telegraph, 6 April 2012
TWO senior [federal] government officials were turned away from Premier Barry O'Farrell's office and refused access to deliver a high-level taskforce report into a second Sydney Airport, it has been revealed.
The Guardian, 25 April 2012
Governments are falling badly behind on low-carbon energy, putting carbon reduction targets out of reach and pushing the world to the brink of catastrophic climate change, the world's leading independent energy authority will warn on Wednesday.
Farm Weekly, 12 April 2012
GLOBAL oil shortages and rising fuel costs could spell disaster for Australia's agricultural industry. That's the dire warning from Australian Association of the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) convenor Bruce Robinson.
Salon, 13 April 2012
If you follow the news in the United States, you’re in for a long spring and summer. The rising price of gasoline at the pump will be the focus of extensive coverage, analyzing causes, parsing political arguments over blame and solutions, and telling stories of how Americans are dealing with it.
Daly Telegraph, 23 April 2012
QANTAS boss Alan Joyce has thrown his support behind a second
Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek, turning up the heat on Premier Barry O’farrell
and his ironclad refusal to build it.
The Economist, 20 April 2012
GETTING the equivalent of 106 mpg (2.2 litres/100km), the Nissan Leaf electric car would seem a motoring skinflint’s dream come true. Even an advanced plug-in hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt (Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in Europe), with an energy consumption equivalent to 61mpg, sounds pretty miserly, too. Yet, for all their frugality, neither has been selling particularly well, despite the present sky-high price of petrol (see “Priced off the road”, July 15th 2011).