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[QLD] Council development hand-back begins

Brisbane Times, 31 May 2012

Queensland councils will soon take back control for planning urban development areas, with Premier Campbell Newman announcing the first step in removing a key state planning body’s authority. In the lead-up to the March 24 election, which his party comprehensively won, Mr Newman vowed to wind down the Urban Land Development Authority as part of his push to “re-empower” councils.

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When Modern Cities Become Ghost Towns

Der Spiegel, 25 May 2012

Urban researchers in Berlin are exploring an eerie phenomenon — the modern ghost town. From a deserted Cypriot holiday resort to a brand new Chinese city devoid of inhabitants, they are asking why people abandon their communities and exploring the stories that make these empty places so compelling.

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Cyber-attack concerns raised over Boeing 787 chip’s ‘back door’

The Guardian, 29 May 2012

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a "back door" in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft such as the Boeing 787 that could allow the chip to be taken over via the internet. The discovery will heighten concerns about the risks of cyber-attacks on sensitive installations, coming on the heels of the discovery this week of the 'Flamer' virus which has been attacking computer systems in Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

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Gas rebranded as green energy by EU

The Guardian, 29 May 2012

Energy from gas power stations has been rebranded as a green, low-carbon source of power by a €80bn European Union programme, in a triumph of the deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry lobby over renewable forms of power.

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Former Japanese PM calls for end to nuclear power

Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 2012

In an unusually stark warning, Japan's prime minister during last year's nuclear crisis has told a parliamentary inquiry the country should discard nuclear power as too dangerous, saying the Fukushima accident had pushed Japan to the brink of ''national collapse.''

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Peak hour in Pyrmont: bike lanes for the bridge?

Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 2012

Peak hour on Pyrmont Bridge, with rangers waving orange lights trying to control hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians rushing by, is a scene that could fit in a Monty Python sketch. That's the opinion of Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby, who believes there should be designated lanes on the busy thoroughfare to separate those on bikes and those on foot.

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Another reason Europeӳ in crisis? A high oil bill

Washington Post, 24 May 2012

Why did Europe go from bad to total horrific panic in the last year? There are all sorts of theories: weak growth, the impact of austerity, missteps by central bank bureaucrats. But here’s another scapegoat offered up by the International Energy Agency: Europe’s soaring oil bill.

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TRANSPERTH נARTICULATED BUSES: 23 May

298. Hon KEN TRAVERS to the minister representing the Minister for Transport: (1) How many articulated buses has the government purchased since 1 January 2011?

(2) Were the articulated buses that have been purchased subject to any evaluation trial prior to multiple purchases of the buses; and, if not, why not?

(3) Have any problems been encountered with the new articulated buses since their purchase?

(4) If yes to (3), what are the problems and what action has Transperth taken to address these problems?


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Deterrent needed to prevent doorings, say parents of victim

The Age, 23 May 2012

The parents of a young cyclist killed when an opened car door forced him into traffic fear that more lives will be lost unless measures encouraging motorists to look for riders or face tougher penalties become law.

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Crude and Condensate reached new highs in January

Energy Bulletin, 22 May 2012

The EIA helpfully produces a breakdown of the global liquid fuel supply into components. This allows us to distinguish change in the supply of "oil" – narrowly defined as crude oil plus condensates (hydrocarbons which come out of the ground as liquid) – from changes in other things (natural gas "liquids", most of which are actually gases like ethane, propane, and butane, ethanol, and refinery volume changes.

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