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Third of road crossers distracted by mobiles

BBC News, 13 December 2012

Almost one in every three pedestrians
crossing the road are using their mobile phone, a US study suggests. Of more than 1,000 people crossing 20 different roads in Seattle, 10% were
listening to music, 7% were texting and 6% were having conversations, on phones
the journal Injury Prevention reports (see

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Ԑeak OilԠis NonsenseŠBecause Thereӳ Enough Gas to Last 250 Years

Energy Balance, 9 December 2012

The title is
a condensate of the latest rendition from Nigel Lawson, who served Margaret
Thatcher’s government, both as Secretary of State for Energy and Chancellor of
the Exchequer. In a recent interview, published by the Daily Mail
Lord Lawson makes various assertions, each of which invite some consideration
and question. At bold face, his conclusions confound the difference between a
resource and a reserve.

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US as oil production king needs an asterisk

Petroleum World, 12 December 2012

Why a
potential role for the US as oil production king needs an asterisk. The
peak oil folks have been saying it for years, but now a Wall Street house is
sending out a caution flag as well.

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Conservatives can be persuaded to care more about the environment, study finds

UC Berkeley, 10 December 2012

When it comes to climate change, deforestation and toxic waste, the assumption has been that conservative views on these topics are intractable. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that such viewpoints can be changed after all, when the messages about the need to be better stewards of the land are couched in terms of fending off threats to the “purity” and “sanctity” of Earth and our bodies.

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Monckton’s far flung crash

Climate Spectator, 12 December 2012

Anyone expecting grand commitments to emission reductions and the provision of finance will have been disappointed with this year's UN climate talks, which ended on Saturday. Held this year in Doha, Qatar, the summit produced only one new pledge to cut greenhouse gas output and only modest promises of financial support. The deal will likely do little to prevent global warming from exceeding the 2 degree Celsius ceiling thought necessary to avoid the most serious effects of climate change.

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Why ҧreenҠcars may be out before they have arrived

Business Day Live, 29 November 2012

A GENERALLY accepted truth in recent times is that expensive fuel is likely to become a permanent feature of life as a result of tight supplies of oil. And, over the past few years, the sensitivity of the oil price to a storm in the Gulf of Mexico, or violence in Libya or Nigeria, or news about American monetary reserves, would seem to prove the theory.

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Saudis cut oil output to lowest in a year

Financial Times, 11 December 2012

Saudi Arabia has cut oil output to its lowest level for a year as a combination of surging US crude production and weakening economic growth sapped demand. The sharp fall in Saudi production, details of which were published ahead of a meeting in Vienna of the Opec oil cartel, contrasts with surging US energy output as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” have unlocked vast quantities of shale oil and gas.

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Gas supply at risk if development stalls

WA Business News, 11 December 2012

A lack of uncommitted available reserves coupled with the demand for Australia's liquefied natural gas could create challenges for domestic gas supplies by 2016. A new report by the Australian Energy Market Operator has found eastern and south-eastern Australia have sufficient gas resources to meet demand over the next two decades.

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Top 10 Small U.S. Cities Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs

The Atlantic, December 2012

Back in June, Brookings Institution demographer William Frey dug into a new set of Census figures and determined that in America's 51 largest metro areas, on average, the core cities had suddenly started growing slightly faster than their suburbs. Frey's analysis focused on larger metros, but as it turns out, much the same story had been happening in smaller metros such as Clarksville, Tennessee, or Lexington, Kentucky. A new study released Monday by Smart Growth America, the national community-development advocacy organization, expanded on Frey's work to examine the population growth rates in the center cities of small U.S. metros (those with under one million people) between 2010 to 2011.

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How solar and wind can dominate

Climate Spectator, 10 December 2012

The solar and wind industries share the same end goal of cleaner energy production worldwide – but each deploys vastly different technologies and methods to get there. How did each industry gain its following? Let’s take a look.

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