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A remarkably accurate global warming prediction, made in 1972

The Guardian, 20 March 2014

John Stanley (J.S.) Sawyer was a British meteorologist born in 1916. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1962, and was also a Fellow of the Meteorological Society and the organization's president from 1963 to 1965. A paper authored by Sawyer and published in the journal Nature in 1972 reveals how much climate scientists knew about the fundamental workings of the global climate over 40 years ago.

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Airbus to raise floor on A380 to create 11-abreast

Runwaygirl Network, 18 March 2014

Airbus will literally raise the floor on the Airbus A380 to accommodate 18-inch wide economy class seats in 11-abreast configuration, Mark Lapidus, CEO of leasing company Amedeo revealed today at the ISTAT conference in San Diego. “We pushed Airbus very hard to get 11-abreast introduced, [which adds] 35 to 40 extra seats, and it puts in perspective the unit cost issue,” said Lapidus.

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Man comes forward to police over CBD car-dooring

The Age, 17 March 2014

A man shown in a video "dooring" a cyclist on a city street has come forward to police. Victoria Police confirmed a 65-year-old Brighton man has spoken to officers after a video showing him leaving a taxi through the passenger-side rear door in Collins Street, Melbourne, on Monday.

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Blinkered to threat of rising oil prices

Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 2014

Oil production in Australia peaked in 2000. It would have peaked worldwide too by now, had it not been for the shale oil boom in the US. Some interesting work by this country's most unrelenting peak oil proponent, retired engineer Matt Mushalik, shows that without shale oil – which accounts for 1.5 million barrels a day – world oil production last year was back at 2005 levels. It seems a monumental economic crisis may have been averted.

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Protecting historic buildings costs nothing, right?

Crikey, 4 March 2014

Debates about giving heritage listing to 1960s buildings highlight the fact protection isn’t free; it comes at a social cost that needs to be measured and balanced against the benefits.

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Can we make our roads as safe as Swedenӳ?

Crikey, 5 March 2014

Sweden’s outstanding road safety record is widely attributed to its Vision Zero program. It doesn’t necessarily follow though that we would achieve the same success by replicating its approach.

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Justice Dept. Is Said to Look at G.M. Actions on Safety Flaws

New York Times, 11 March 2014

The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation into General Motors’ decade-long failure to address deadly safety problems before announcing a huge vehicle recall last month, according to people briefed on the matter.

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Feds commit $125 million for freight productivity by rail

T&L News, 11 March 2014

National freight productivity will be boosted through the injection of $125 million to start the roll-out of the Advanced Train Management System across the national rail network and the next stage of the Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade, Warren Truss has said.

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Productivity Commission draft report on ‘Public Infrastructure’


The Productivity
Commission has released a draft report on 'Public Infrastructure' (http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/infrastructure/draft)
. Amongst other things it raises the issue of congestion
charging. 
Comments
upon the draft can be made until 4th April.

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Supreme Court ruling delivers a major blow to bike paths

Salon, 11 March 2014

The Supreme Court Monday ruled 8-1 in favor of a private landowner in Wyoming who was fighting to keep bike paths from being built near his house. The decision, according to USA Today, threatens thousands of miles of public bicycle trails.

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