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Emirates’ profits down 72 per cent

Business Traveller, 10 May 2012

The Emirates Group announced a $629 million net profit in its 2011/12 annual results today, down from $1.6 billion in the previous year. It marked the group's 24th consecutive year of profit – but the gloss was taken off by a 44.4 per cent rise in the airline's fuel costs to $6.6 billion, which contributed to a 72.1 per cent decrease in the airline's profits to $409 million.

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Heartland Institute Facing Uncertain Future As Staff Departs and Cash Dries Up

Mother Jones, 21 May 2012

The first Heartland Institute conference on climate change in 2008 had all the trappings of a major scientific conclave—minus large numbers of real scientists. Hundreds of climate change contrarians, with a few academics among them, descended into the banquet rooms of a lavish Times Square hotel for what was purported to be a reasoned debate about climate change. But as the latest Heartland climate conference opens in a Chicago hotel on Monday, the think tank's claims to reasoned debate lie in shreds and its financial future remains uncertain.

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Saudi Arabia knocks off Russia as world’s biggest oil producer

The National, 21 May 2012

Saudi Arabia has overtaken Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil for the first time in six years as the kingdom tries to compensate for declining Iranian exports and attempts to push crude prices lower.

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WA State Budget files

Main Roads: www.treasury.wa.gov.au/cms/uploadedFiles/State_Budget/Budget_2012_13/02_part_13_commissioner_of_main_roads.pdf

PTA: www.treasury.wa.gov.au/cms/uploadedFiles/State_Budget/Budget_2012_13/03_part_13_public_transport_authority_of_western_australia.pdf

Dept of Transport: www.treasury.wa.gov.au/cms/uploadedFiles/State_Budget/Budget_2012_13/01_part_13_transport.pdf

Dept of Planning: www.treasury.wa.gov.au/cms/uploadedFiles/State_Budget/Budget_2012_13/01_part_11_planning.pdf  

WA Planning Commission: www.treasury.wa.gov.au/cms/uploadedFiles/State_Budget/Budget_2012_13/03_part_11_western_australian_planning_commission.pdf

Metro Redevelopment Authority: www.treasury.wa.gov.au/cms/uploadedFiles/State_Budget/Budget_2012_13/02_part_11_metropolitan_redevelopment_authority.pdf

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Sink or swim – Chinese tourists the key

The Age, 19 May 2012

The GFC, the high dollar and natural disasters have created a perfect storm in Cairns.

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When a domestic flight costs more than one-way to LA

The Age, 21 May 2012

If you want to get the morning plane from Sydney to Mount Isa tomorrow, it will cost more than the going rate to Los Angeles. Of course, the comparison is spurious: if you wait until the afternoon the flight will cost only $600 about one-way – a little less than the best LAX fare.

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Acknowledging the Arrival of Peak Government

Zero Hedge, 15 May 2012

Most informed people are familiar with the concept of Peak Oil, but fewer are
aware that we’re also entering the era of Peak Government. The central
misconception of Peak Oil — that it’s not about “running out of oil,” it’s
about running out of cheap, easy-to-access oil — can also be applied to Peak
Government: It’s not about government disappearing, it’s about government
shrinking.

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BIOFUELS IN WA SEMINAR- MAY 2007

Following the success of the 2006 Biofuels and Bioenergy in Western Australia: Issues and Challenges Conference, the Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) and the Sustainable Transport Coalition (STC) joined forces again to organise a half day Seminar to examine what has happened over the past year in biofuels.  Read more

Should public transport be subsidised?

Crikey, 15 May 2012

Public transport travel in Australia’s capital cities gets a massive, growing financial subsidy. Passengers don't pay for any of the capital costs and on average only pay for around a third of operating costs. Yet despite of the subsidy, public transport accounts for only about 10% of all motorised trips. The single largest group of beneficiaries are those who work in the CBD. They’re the main reason transport authorities have to provide enormous capacity to meet demand in the peaks. They don’t however tend to use public transport in the off-peak when there’s plenty of spare capacity — they prefer to drive.

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Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

TED Talks, May 2012

In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision.

http://www.ted.com/talks/amory_lovins_a_50_year_plan_for_energy.html

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