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Public Transportؔhe Key To Better Cities

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, 20 July, 2012

Next time any of you decide to pay a visit to the Powerhouse Museum just down the road from where we are now, it’s worth wandering into the transport section. There, beautifully restored, is the only 19th century Sydney bus still in existence. It carried 24 passengers and serviced the eastern suburbs route with two horses hauling the carriage up Oxford Street for the lucky residents of Paddington and Woollahra.

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Commuters Pedal to Work on Their Very Own Superhighway

New York Times, 17 July 2012

Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path
meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or
intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks
and, at every mile, an air pump. For some
Danes, this is the morning commute.

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Integrated Urban Transport Planning Guidelines- Launch 16 Aug

Engineers Australia (WA Div), 712 Murray Street, West Perth, 12.00 for 12.30. Usually no need for
formal notification of attendance – Phone: 9321 3340.

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Slow farewell to a motoring icon

The Age, 18 July 2012

THE Ford Falcon is limping to its grave. Ford's head office is not going to save it. Without a sudden reversal of taste, Australia's car buyers are not going to save it. And given all that, no future government will save it. In the first half of 2012, Ford sold just 9083 passenger Falcons and 3304 utes. Passenger sales were down 25 per cent on last year, which in turn was down 65 per cent from 2005. This has been a long death; the buyers slowly turned away.

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Asian LNG freefall sets up swing to Europe

Reuters, 13 July 2012

A nosedive in natural gas spot prices in Asia over the last month marks the end
of bullish Japanese buying following the
Fukushima disaster and the likely start of higher supply and lower prices for
gas shipped to Europe.
The price of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia has fallen 25 percent since
June as collapsing demand in the region silences, some say permanently, the
world's biggest spot market for the fuel.

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The New Gas Guzzlers

Slate, 13 July 2012

China, India, Brazil and other developing countries will soon consume most of the world’s oil. That’s alarming news for the U.S.

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U.S. biofuel producers find a lucrative new customer – the military

Globe and Mail, 15 July 2012

The U.S. Navy angered Republicans by spending $26 (U.S.) a gallon for biofuels for this week’s Great Green Fleet demonstration, but the Air Force received little attention when it paid twice as much per gallon to test synthetic jet fuel last month. The Air Force bought 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from Gevo Inc, a Colorado biofuels company, at $59 a gallon in a program aimed at proving that new alternative fuels can be used reliably in military aircraft – once, that is, their pricing is competitive with petroleum, which now costs $3.60 a gallon.

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A World Without Coral Reefs

New York Times, 13 July 2012

IT’S past time to tell the truth about the state of the world’s coral reefs, the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks. They have become zombie ecosystems, neither dead nor truly alive in any functional sense, and on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation. There will be remnants here and there, but the global coral reef ecosystem — with its storehouse of biodiversity and fisheries supporting millions of the world’s poor — will cease to be.

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How can housing density be increased?

Crikey, 13 July 2012

As our cities get bigger, more and more people want
to live closer to the centre where they can get better access to jobs, people
and services. They’re prepared to trade-off space for greater accessibility, but
too often the price of apartments is just too high. A key reason is existing residents and councils suppress the supply of new
dwellings by opposing proposed developments. They impose restrictions and delays
that limit the number of units that can be built and drive up costs.

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Iranӳ Aging Airliner Fleet Seen as Faltering Under U.S. Sanctions

NY Times, 13 July 2012

Capt. Houshang Shahbazi was preparing to land at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport last October when a blinking red light in the cockpit of his 40-year-old Boeing 727 signaled that he had a big problem: the landing gear in the nose was jammed.

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