Bloomberg, 22 February 2013
President Barack Obama won’t back off demands that Japan ease barriers for U.S. automakers before joining negotiations for a regional Pacific trade agreement when he meets today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, White House aides said.
BBC News, 25 February 2013
Investment in the North Sea is the
highest for 30 years and rising, according to a report by an oil and gas trade
body. Companies looking for offshore energy invested £11.4bn in 2012, said Oil and
Gas UK, which comprises more than 320 companies active in the area. That will rise to £13bn this year, it predicted.
Sydney Morning Herald, 23 February 2013
AUSTRALIAN travellers flying to Europe as part of the new Qantas/Emirates alliance, due to start on March 31, could face extended waits for connections at Dubai's International Airport. In a worst-case scenario some passengers flying with the new alliance, which has Qantas abandoning its traditional route to Europe via Singapore in favour of the Middle East hub, could be left waiting for a connection in Dubai for up to 10 hours.
Reuters, 23 February 2013
Saudi Arabia has published a roadmap for its renewable energy
programme, aimed at reducing the amount of oil it burns in power stations, and
targets issuing final bids for the first plants within three months.
Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2013
Wealthier motorists will be expected to take out expensive income protection to compensate for slashed benefits under changes to the green slip insurance scheme. The NSW government has announced it will change the scheme to reduce premiums, but expects that people will need to rely on income protection insurance because it will cap weekly benefits.
NZ Herald, 21 February 2013
[NZ] Optometrists are calling on cyclists to wear reflective bands on their ankles and knees because traditional reflector vests are not safe enough at night.
Inside Climate, 19 February 2013
The average "energy returned on investment," or EROI, for conventional oil is roughly 25:1. In other words, 25 units of oil-based energy are obtained for every one unit of other energy that is invested to extract it. But tar sands oil is in a category all its own.
Bloomberg, 17 February 2013
Saudi Arabia’s crude oil output fell in December to a 19-month low as shipments from OPEC's biggest producer dropped for a third month and domestic consumption decreased, the Joint Organisations Data Initiative said. The kingdom exported 7.06 million barrels of crude a day in December, the least since September 2011, JODI reported, citing statistics the government submitted to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Exports were 1.3 percent lower than the previous month. Production dropped 4.8 percent in the month to 9.03 million barrels a day.
Brisbane Times, 19 February 2013
Brisbane City will now not get brand new river ferry terminals until late 2015 after an international design competition, run by the state and federal governments, added $20 million to the cost.
Brisbane Times, 19 February 2013
The $4.8 billion Airport Link tunnel has been placed into voluntary administration. In an announcement to ASX, tunnel's operator BrisConnections said the company had decided to place the tunnel into administration citing low traffic levels and debts worth more than the tunnel.