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Inaccuracies in reporting on the search for MH370

ATSB, 18 January 2016
An article, The Case for Pilot Hijack by Byron Bailey, appearing in the 9-10 January 2016 edition of The Weekend Australian, contained significant inaccuracies and misunderstandings about the ATSB’s role in the search for MH370. Many of those inaccuracies were repeated in subsequent items both in The Australian and other media outlets. It is important that the ATSB corrects the record.
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[US] States Should Raise the Gas Tax

New York Times, 16 January 2016
The tumbling price of crude oil is helping many Americans save money. It also presents a good opportunity for state governments to raise their gasoline taxes to help pay for road repairs and other needed transportation investments.
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Shock figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution

The Guardian, 17 January 2016
The World Health Organisation has issued a stark new warning about deadly levels of pollution in many of the world’s biggest cities, claiming poor air quality is killing millions and threatening to overwhelm health services across the globe.
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U.S. coal production dropped to 30-year low in 2015

Renew Economy, 11 January 2016
Coal production in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years thanks in part to low natural gas prices and climate policies encouraging utilities to switch to natural gas to generate electricity.
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SA wind farm delivers ‘cheapest wind energy ever procured’ in Australia

Renew Economy, 21 December 2015
The first successful project in the ACT government’s second large-scale wind reverse-auction – and South Australia’s first new-build wind project since the introduction of the new national renewable energy target – has achieved Australia’s lowest known contract price for renewables at $77/MWh.
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GM unveils the Chevy Bolt, a 200-mile-range EV with a $30,000 price tag

Renew Economy, 8 January 2016
The age of affordable, long-range electric vehicles has begun. Today at CES, General Motors CEO Mary Barra unveiled the production version of the Chevrolet Bolt, a 200-mile-range all-electric car with a $30,000 price tag after federal incentives.

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Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once

Open Culture, 6 January 2016
One of the things I miss about living in a city with a subway system is the myriad thoughtful design elements that go into managing a perpetual flow of tourists and commuters. New York’s subway map presents us with an iconic tangle of interlocking tributaries resembling diagrams of a circulatory system.
And then there are the hours of reading time granted by a subway commute, a leisure I’ve relinquished now that I rely on car and bike. So you can imagine my envious delight in learning about Brazil’s Ticket Books, which are exactly what they sound like—books that work as subway tickets, designed with the minimalist care that major transit systems do so well.
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Pedal power: Better facilities for cyclists will help in the fight against congestion

Canberra Times, 4 January 2016
On busy mornings in Parliament House at Canberra, you need to take extra care when driving into the underground car park. You have to watch out for cyclists. Inside the building, early mornings are busy as commuter cyclists shed their lycra and use showers provided in the building before changing into office gear and getting on with work. It’s the same in big office buildings in our big cities.

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Why you were wrong to mock woman who paid $720 for Uber

Sydney Morning Herald, 4 January 2016
Oh, how we smirked. The case of a woman who was charged $720 for a $100 ride home on New Year’s Eve drew the smuggest responses from the chattering classes.

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