The Atlantic, 22 July 2014
As a reminder: California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project now being contemplated anywhere in the United States. It has also become one of the most controversial. Jerry Brown, now running for an unprecedented fourth term as governor, has stuck with HSR as his signature/legacy project.
Reuters, 20 July 2014
The head of one of the world's largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts. Tim Clark, president of Dubai's Emirates, the world's largest international airline by number of passengers, also said domestic regulators worldwide may decide to be more involved in giving their carriers guidance on where it is safe to fly.
Fortune, 12 June 2014
Thanks to smartphone-based services like Uber and Zipcar, Google’s self-driving “pod car,” and renewed interest in city living, getting around town will never be the same.
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 July 2014
Australia cut carbon dioxide emissions from its electricity sector by as much as 17 million tonnes because of the carbon price and would have curbed more had industry expected the price to be permanent, according to an Australian National University study. The report, due to be submitted for peer-reviewed publication, found the two years of the carbon price had a discernible impact on emissions even assuming conservative responses by consumers and businesses.
Inside Climate News,14 July 2014
For the first time in 14 years, the [US] nation's [growth in] crude oil consumption in 2013 was higher than China's, new figures show.
Salon, 1 July 2014
A new study says new unconventional wells leak far more than older and traditional wells in Pennsylvania’s fracking boom.
We are pleased to announce the world's first
international review of bike share's impact on car use has been published
in Transportation Research Part D: Transport & Environment.
Bike share's impact on car use: evidence from the United States, Great
Britain, and Australia details how bike share programs in Washington, D.C,
Minneapolis/St. Paul, London, Melbourne and Brisbane impact on car use – with
some surprising findings.
The Age, 30 June 2014
For six glorious wild and wet days last week, South Australia sourced 67 per cent of its electricity from wind. Needless to say, it’s an Australian record. So fast were the turbines turning from early Monday to early Sunday that the entire national grid sourced an extraordinary 14.5 per cent of its electricity from wind.