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Rail groups call for equitable treatment under ERF

T&L News, 19 November 2013

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is asking the government to consider modal equality under the proposed Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) scheme. CEO of the ARA Bryan Nye said there were considerable synergies between the intent of the ERF and the current Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program, which would help do away with unnecessary regulatory burden.

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Smarter travel: Is just an eddy or really part of the mainstream?

TransportXtra, 14 November 2013

Is ‘smarter travel’ now part of mainstream transport planning and delivery by local authorities? The team at Atkins has taken the opportunity to ask some of the many local authorities we are supporting in delivering their Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) programmes for their views.

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Sustainability in Public Works Conference: 27 July 2014

IPWEA is now inviting
individuals and organisations to share their experience and ideas by submitting
abstracts for papers to be presented at the 2014 Sustainability in
Public Works Conference
. http://ipwea.informz.net/ipwea/archives/archive_896878.html

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Australia and Canada are leading the wreckers at Warsaw

The Conversation, 19 November 2013

Australia’s and Canada’s extremely unusual action at CHOGM to deny developing nations any further climate funding has had strong negative repercussions here in Warsaw.

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Crash: The Decline of U.S. Driving in 6 Charts

The Atlantic, 15 November 2013

Has the United States passed peak car? It's one of the more tantalizing questions that energy and urban-planning nerds are pondering these days. Ever since the recession, Americans have been driving less, getting fewer licenses, and using less gas. But is that just the work of the recession, or something more permanent?

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Exposed: The myth of the global warming ‘pause’

The Independent, 17 November 2013


Scientists can now explain the “pause” in global warming that sceptics have
used to bolster their arguments. Sceptics had claimed we have nothing to fear
from climate change because it has stopped being a problem.
A new study has found that global temperatures have not flat-lined over the
past 15 years, as weather station records have been suggesting, but have in fact
continued to rise as fast as previous decades, during which we have seen an
unprecedented acceleration in global warming.

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Unconventional gas in Victoria: proceed with care

The Conversation, 18 November 2013

While New South Wales and Queensland have moved to exploit unconventional gas resources, Victoria maintains a ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for onshore shale gas and coal seam gas (CSG). Those against are concerned at the potential for adverse impacts on the environment; those in favour argue it will be a valuable new source of gas.

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Australia ranks second for traffic congestion

Macro Business, 14 November 2013

Demographia’s Wendall Cox has produced an interesting report in New Geography drawing on satellite navigation data from Tom Tom (called the Tom Tom Traffic Index) to determine which regions have the worst traffic congestion.

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After fifth death in nine days, Mayor Boris Johnson urges safer cycling

The Independent, 14 November 2013

Boris Johnson has faced calls to review London’s cycling “superhighways”
while personally urging cyclists to obey the “laws of the road”, after a fifth
cyclist was killed in the space of nine days on the streets of the capital.

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Truckers join cyclists in safety drive

T&LNews, 14 November 2013

The Toll Group has teamed with cycling advocacy group the Amy Gillett Foundation to help improve cyclist safety on Australian roads. The national partnership will initially see 14 co-branded trucks display road safety messages across the country, and will also see Toll share the knowledge of its professional drivers with other road users during the coming months.

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