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The 5 key elements of sustainable transport

RE New Economy, April 2014

Transport is responsible for around a seventh of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Of these emissions almost two thirds are the result of passenger travel while the rest is due to freight. So passenger travel is a big deal for climate. In the chart below, which comes from our new eBook Emit This, we compare carbon intensity of different types of passenger transport on a per passenger kilometer basis. Using it we can explain some elements important to the development of a sustainable transport system.

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Renewables changing the nature of power

Crikey, 22 April 2014

New technology has dramatically increased the possibilities of renewable energy. But the material revolution challenges those who want to preserve the existing relations of production, consumption and energy.

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Worse than gasoline? New study delivers a major blow to corn biofuels

Salon, 21 April 2014

Using the leftovers of harvested corn as fuel turns out to be worse for the environment than plain old gasoline, according to a new government-funded study. It’s a major blow to the promise of cellulosic biofuels, into which the federal government has invested about $1 billion.

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Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: How MH370 will change travel

Sydney Morning Herald, 22 April 2014

In the safest era in the history of commercial aviation, the causes of ever more infrequent airliner crashes are often obvious. But MH370, the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared on March 8, is different to any other commercial aviation disaster, and one that is likely to have more far-reaching consequences for travel than most.

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Abbott’s biggest broken promise – to build our cities well

Sydney Morning Herald, 21 April 2014

Expect an avalanche of broken promises in the first Abbott budget four weeks from today, none of them as important as the promise he has just broken.

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Putin Warns Europe About Ukraine’s Gas Debts

Huffington Post, 10 April 2014

Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill — a debt that far exceeds a bailout package offered by the International Monetary Fund.

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Global solar dominance in sight as science trumps fossil fuels

Telegraph, 9 April 2014

Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies.

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The oil industry is not only hurting the environment נit’s a bad investment, too

The Week, 10 April 2014

Environmental activists have long gone after oil companies for contributing to global warming. But a new campaign has sought to hurt the industry where it really hurts: the bottom line.

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Property sales bonanza to make way for Canberra light rail

Canberra Times, 8 April 2014

Canberra's light rail corridor is on track to become a river of gold for the ACT government with more than $200 million from property sales. Housing stock, ageing office buildings and special purpose premises will be considered for sale in a plan to “recycle" government assets.

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US wind gets found in transmission

Climate Spectator, 7 April 2014

Wind energy is breaking records across the US, thanks to long-needed transmission upgrades that are relieving congestion on the power grid and allowing more clean energy to reach consumers. Last week, a new record was set on the main Texas grid, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, reaching over 10,000 MW of wind.

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