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IEA releases Oil Market Report for May

IEA, 13 May 2015

Despite slowing US output of light tight oil, global oil supply growth remained at a steep 3.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) year-on-year in April, the IEA Oil Market Report (OMR) for May informed subscribers. At 95.7 mb/d, total oil supplies were flat from March as higher OPEC output offset a drop in non-OPEC production. Non-OPEC supply growth for 2015 is projected at 830 000 barrels per day (830 kb/d), up by 200 kb/d since the April OMR.

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Thomson Aero Seating Cozy Suite: Seat design that could make the middle more comfortable

Traveller, 12 May 2015

It's the moment many plane passengers dread – you receive your boarding pass after check-in and find you've been assigned the worst of all economy-class seats. The middle seat. But a radical seat design may change all that, turning the middle seat into an attractive option.

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2908. Hon Ken Travers to the Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the Minister’s announcement on

Nine Morning News of $56 million towards cycling, and I ask:

(a) where in the budget papers can the $56 million be found;

(b) what specific projects will the $56 million fund; and

(c) from what funding programs will the $56 million be sourced?

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2916. Hon Ken Travers to the Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Transport:

(1) What is the current maximum height above the water of the Shelley Taylor Smith and the Phillip Pendal ferries?

(2) What is the maximum height above the water of Brisbane’s Citycat and ferry services?

(3) Will the Elizabeth Quay entrance bridge/walkway limit the height of future ferries or vessels?

(4) What are the dimensions of the turning circle in Elizabeth Quay for the ferry terminal?

(5) What is the minimum turning circle for the current Transperth ferries?

(6) What is the limit on the length of any future ferries due to the dimensions of the Elizabeth Quay Ferry Terminal?

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2917. Hon Ken Travers to the Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Transport:

(1) Since 1 July 2011, has the Public Transport Authority (PTA) undertaken any work on a future ferry service in Perth?

(2) If yes to (1): (a) what work has been done; and (b) what routes or destinations have been considered?

(3) Does the proposed Elizabeth Quay terminal make provision for additional ferry services?

(4) If yes to (3), how many additional services can be provided?

(5) Since 1 July 2011, has the PTA undertaken any work on procurement of new or replacement ferries?

(6) If yes to (5), what work has been done?

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Emirates makes $US 1.5 billion, despite runway, currency woes

Crikey, 7 May 2015

Geography, technology, capital and a powerful brand have earned Emirates its second highest annual profit of $US 1.5 billion in its 27th consecutive yearly profit for the 12 months to 31 March.

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The dangers of eco-gentrification: what’s the best way to make a city greener?

The Guardian, 6 May 2015

When construction on New York City’s famous High Line began in 2006, the project to turn a remnant of the industrial age into a post-industrial garden and tourist attraction appeared innovative, but potentially very risky. In fact, having finally opened in 2009, the High Line is now suffering from its own success: with more than 5 million estimated visitors to the site each year, this greening initiative has managed to transform the entire socio-economic character of the neighbourhood that surrounds it.

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Lunch n Learn: TravelSmart Speed Date: 16 June

FREE_ This lunch ‘n’ learn will use the concept of speed dating to introduce you to different ways your workplace can address these issues for employees.

Date:16 June 2015          Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm            Location: Department of Transport, 140 William Street, Perth

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Teslas in Victoria arenӴ greener than diesels

The Conversation, 30 April 2015

The Tesla in front of me was shiny, sleek and silent, but my Fast-&-Furious-inspired daydreams were interrupted with a question: does a Tesla charged by Australian electricity emit less CO2 per kilometre than an efficient diesel car? The answer turns out to be: no in Victoria, yes in Tasmania or South Australia, and in the other states it’s pretty much even.

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Recording- Sustainable Suburbs? Best practices from Canada

Recording of recent public lecture by Dr David Gordon, Professor and Director Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning, Canada and 2015 IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow, at UWA on 29 April 2015:

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