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Berlinӳ yet-to-open airport weighed down by expensive problems

The Independent, 27 May 2013

Berlin’s new – but as yet unopened – international airport was dubbed Germany’s
most expensive building site after it emerged that its 24-hour lighting and
air-conditioning systems had driven costs to €20m (£17m) a month, without a
single aircraft taking off or landing.

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How walkable are Australiaӳ largest cities?

Crikey, 27 May 2013

Only 380,000 residents of Australia’s largest cities live in very walkable suburbs, all of them in the inner city. Creating new fringe suburbs with high walkability will be very challenging.

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An Interview with Steven Kopits

ASPO USA, 1 May 2013

The following is taken from an interview with Steven Kopits, managing director of the New York office of Douglas-Westwood, an international energy analysis firm. The views expressed are atttributable to Mr. Kopits and do not necessarily represent those of Douglas Westwood.

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Green groups attack [UK] government resistance to EU climate change goals

The Guardian, 27 May 2013

Green campaigners and industry experts have hit out at the [UK] government's plans to block new EU-wide renewable energy targets, which they say are essential to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and creating a green economy.

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Better Place falls into hands of liquidators

Climate Spectator, 27 May 2013

Electric car group Better Place on Sunday filed a motion to wind up the company. The Israeli-based company had planned to boost electric car sales through a wide battery charging network, but as sales of electric cars struggled to reach expectations, Better Place fell into increasingly dire financial trouble.

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Stunning new images show gold-plated, ultra-luxurious Riyadh metro station that Saudi king has order

The Independent, 20 May 2013


The next time your train spends five minutes stuck inside a filthy,
rat-infested Tube tunnel, or you find yourself unable to squeeze onto yet
another delayed train from a cramped, non-descript station, it’s probably best
not to think of Riyadh.
For, while London Underground passengers face poky platforms
not really designed for the millions of users they encounter every day, where
the only decoration are endless advertising billboards – a new state-of-the art,
ultra-luxurious underground station is being built in Saudi Arabia.

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Why do (some) cyclists ignore red lights?

Crikey, 20 May 2013

Now that cycling is increasingly a ‘mainstream’ mode of transport, there’re calls for cyclists to conform to the road rules. But it prompts the question why some cyclists don’t in the first place.

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United to restart 787 flights on Monday

USA Today, 20 May 2013

United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air. The planes are returning after being grounded for four months by the federal government because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by other airlines. The incidents included an emergency landing of one plane, and a fire on another.

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United to restart 787 flights on Monday

USA Today, 20 May 2013

United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air. The planes are returning after being grounded for four months by the federal government because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by other airlines. The incidents included an emergency landing of one plane, and a fire on another.

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Long-term warming, short-term variability: why climate change is still an issue

The Conservation, 20 May 2013

A new study published today suggests that the short-term warming due to increasing greenhouse gases may be less than previously feared. However, when we look at the bigger picture, we still find that climate change is an issue that demands our attention. The new work by Alexander Otto and colleagues, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, uses observations of surface temperature and Earth’s heat budget spanning the last 40 years. This differs from many previous studies, which have been based on computer models of the climate system.

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