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VicRoads defends 40kph CBD speed limit

ABC News, 24 September 2012

VicRoads says a drop in the speed limit to 40 kilometres per hour in Melbourne's CBD should not inconvenience motorists. The limit will be introduced over six weeks and will apply to roads within the Hoddle grid bound by Flinders, Spencer, La Trobe and Spring Streets.

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Gillard is wrong on solar and efficiency

Climate Spectator, 18 September 2012

In the now almost famous speech Julia Gillard gave on electricity network gold-plating she made the following statement dying for a bit of evidence-based policy analysis: “…While wealthier households can cut power costs through more efficient devices and solar panels, the poorest customers are exposed to the full cost of the increases.”

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The road less travelled

The Economist, 22 September 2012

IN 1888 Bertha Benz, wife of the carmaker Karl, drove 66 miles from one German city to another to prove to the world that the “horseless carriage” was suited to everyday use. Mrs Benz succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. Modern life is unimaginable without the car. The automobile has powered the growth of cities and steered their sprawl. Its manufacture has created millions of jobs and eased the development of many millions more. In rich countries, 70% of journeys are now by car. More than a billion cars now roll on the world’s roads.

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Seeing the back of the car

The Economist, 22 September 2012

“I’LL love and protect this car until death do us part,” says Toad, a 17-year-old loser whose life is briefly transformed by a “super fine” 1958 Chevy Impala in “American Graffiti”. The film follows him, his friends and their vehicles through a late summer night in early 1960s California: cruising the main drag, racing on the back streets and necking in back seats of machines which embody not just speed, prosperity and freedom but also adulthood, status and sex.

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Saudi crude burn hits new records in June, July

Yahoo! News, 19 September 2012

Saudi Arabia burned record monthly volumes of oil in June and July, official government figures show, contrary to the top crude producer's plan to temper its summer oil burning spree this year with more gas.

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Fremantle’s annual cycling breakfast is on again: 17 Oct

Get
on your bicycling best, snap on your helmet and join in Fremantle's Ride to
Work Breakfast on Wednesday 17 October 2012. This free breakfast for cyclists
will be held at the Moore and Moore
Cafe and Gallery
, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle,
from 7.00-9.00 am. A hot and cold breakfast and healthy options will be
available. There will be door prizes and freebies for cyclists all morning. Bike parking will be available at the front of the building.

Register your interest at http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/ride_to_work_breakfast
For more information please call 08 9432 9999.

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IEA plots path to halving fuel used for road transport in under 40 years

IEA, 19 September 2012

Two reports released on Wednesday by the International Energy Agency (IEA) show how the right policies and technologies could improve the fuel efficiency of road vehicles by 50% by the middle of the century, saving as much as four-fifths of current annual global oil consumption. The transport sector currently accounts for a fifth of global final energy consumption, and increased demand from this sector is expected to make up all future growth in oil use worldwide. But there is massive potential for fuel efficiency improvements to reduce demand for transport fuel, and the two reports show how the world could stabilise demand for oil even if the number of road vehicles (passenger cars, two-wheelers and freight trucks) doubled by 2050.

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Abbottӳ budget and abatement black hole

Climate Spectator, 14 September 2012

The Coalition still intends to repeal Labor’s carbon price and Clean Energy Future. Their alternative is ‘Direct Action’, more aptly named ‘soil magic’ as its budget costings critically depend on getting 60% of its emission reductions through increasing the amounts of carbon in agricultural soils.

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Will Saudi Arabia Become An Oil Importer By 2030?

CounterCurrents, 16 September 2012

One week ago the news spread that Saudi Arabia would
be forced to become an importer of oil by 2030. It was an article in Bloomberg’s
Businessweek (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-04/saudi-arabia-may-become-oil-importer-by-2030-citigroup-says)
that announced this sensational news and referred to a report titled ”Saudi
Petrochemicals – The End of the Magic Porridge Pot?” that was released by
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. on 4 September. I have now had an opportunity to
look at this report that is 152 pages long. First one can assert that the report
is mainly an analysis of various companies in Saudi Arabia and the discussion of
future oil export possibilities is used as a framework for the company analyses.

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The first officially certified Carbon Neutral School in Australia!

South Fremantle Senior High School celebrated a significant achievement last week becoming the first officially certified Carbon Neutral School in Australia.
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