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Crude now at Euro record

Macro Business, 16 August 2012

Brent crude oil priced in euros hit a new high today of €94.83/barrel, exceeding the highs reached in 08 as well as early this year.

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Stop ‘pussyfooting’ and build London a new airport, Johnson tells Cameron

The Independent, 16 August 2012

Boris Johnson mounted a wounding attack on David Cameron yesterday, accusing
the Prime Minister of "pussyfooting around" and calling him "totally mad" for
delaying a decision on building a new airport to serve the South-East of
England.

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Cracks show in fracking disclosure

Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 2012

Seeking to quell environmental concerns about the chemicals it shoots underground to extract oil and natural gas, Apache Corp told shareholders in April that it disclosed information about "all the company's US hydraulic fracturing jobs" on a website last year. Actually, Apache's transparency was shot through with cracks. In Texas and Oklahoma, the company reported chemicals it used on only about half its fracked wells via FracFocus.org, a voluntary website oil and gas companies helped design amid calls for mandatory disclosure.

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Rio+20: A move towards more sustainable transportation

OEN, 10 August 2012

Emissions from transportation are the fastest growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions, with emissions expected to increase 300 percent by 2050. Today, emissions from transportation contribute to approximately 80% of the harmful air pollutants that result in 1.3 million premature deaths annually.

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Rio+20: A Move Towards More Sustainable Transportation

CounterCurrents.org, 8 August 2012

Emissions from transportation are the fastest growing source of global
greenhouse gas emissions, with emissions expected to increase 300 percent by
2050, according to research by the Worldwatch Institute. Today, emissions from
transportation contribute to approximately 80 percent of the harmful air
pollutants that result in 1.3 million premature deaths annually, according to
Michael Replogle and Colin Hughes of the Institute for Transportation &
Development Policy (ITDP). The two authored the fourth chapter, "Moving Toward
Sustainable Transport, in Worldwatch's book State of the World 2012: Moving
Toward Sustainable Prosperity, published in April.

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Carbon monoxide’s damaging role in heart rhythm found

BBC News, 6 August 2012

The way that even low levels of
carbon monoxide can be fatal, by disrupting the heart's rhythm, has been
unravelled by researchers in Leeds. They found that levels common in heavy traffic could affect the way the heart
resets itself after every beat.

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Romney confirms he would end US wind power subsidies

The Guardian, 2 August 2012

Mitt Romney looks set to declare war on America's wind energy industry, further emphasising the dividing line between the presumptive Republican presidential candidate and President Barack Obama on energy issues. Romney's campaign confirmed this week he wants to end long-standing tax credits for wind farm projects when the incentives come up for review later this year.

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Hong Kong suffers worst air pollution in two years

The Guardian, 2 August 2012

The worst pollution in two years smothered Hong Kong for a second day on Thursday, prompting warnings to the elderly and sick to stay indoors and obscuring one of the world's most famous views.

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Countries opposed to EU carbon charge for airlines fail to find an alternative

The Guardian, 2 August 2012

A two-day meeting hosted the by US of 17 countries opposed to the EU's emissions trading system (ETS) has ended without a joint declaration.

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Paris to return Seine to the people with car-free riverside plan

The Guardian, 2 August 2012

It's the latest battle in Paris's war on the private car: a pedestrian "reconquest" of the banks of the Seine.

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