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Brisbane commuters abandon buses, choose cars instead

Brisbane Times, 12 September 2014

Commuters abandoned Brisbane's bus network en masse last financial year, with the network carrying nearly one million fewer passengers than the previous year. Brisbane City Council's 2013-14 annual report, tabled at Tuesday's council meeting, reveals the city's bus fleet carried 2685 less passengers on average per day in 2013-14 than it did in 2012-13. The figures were revealed on the same day Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced traffic on the city's road network rose by 3.3 per cent last year, or by 1000 vehicles per day.

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Energy efficiency: The most important fuel we didnӴ know we had

Business Spectator, 11 September 2014

Forever the Cinderella of climate and energy policy, two reports published this week say we should remember to invite energy efficiency to the ball. The International Energy Agency says investing in efficiency can boost growth, jobs, health, government budgets, industrial productivity – and those are just the benefits backed by robust analysis. Meanwhile left-leaning thinktank the Institute for Public Policy Research says efficiency could reduce EU reliance on Russian gas.

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When Cars Are as Hackable as Cell Phones

The Atlantic, 8 September 2014

A researcher has $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate the many ways hackers could disrupt autonomous vehicles.

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Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984

BBC News, September 2014

A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels
of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew
at their fastest rate since 1984.

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