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Cycle network’s missing link will finally be built

The Age, 29 February 2016
The last, stubborn obstacle to filling one of the biggest gaps in Melbourne’s network of bike trails has been overcome, with work due to start this year on finishing the dead-end Darebin trail. Cyclists have fought for more than 20 years to see the trail connected between Alphington and Kew, and link Melbourne’s north-east with the rest of the city’s web of off-road bike paths.
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Getting bike laws right means balancing rights of cyclists and motorists

The Conversation, 27 February 2016
From March 1, as part of the “Go Together” road safety campaign, motorists in New South Wales must keep a minimum distance of one metre when passing cyclists. This becomes 1.5 metres when the speed limit is above 60 km/h. NSW joins South Australia, Queensland and the ACT in passing laws to enforce this.

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Free talk- Has Accessibility To Perth’s Public Transport Improved Between 2007-14?

WHEN: 5-6 pm, Tuesday 15 March 2016
WHERE: 43 Below, 43 Barrack St, Perth (food/drink purchases available)
Dr Jan Scheurer developed the Spatial Network Analysis for Multimodal Urban Transport Systems (SNAMUTS) tool for land use-transport integration. Since 2007 he has been involved in international research and development collaborations around public transit accessibility measures throughout Europe and Australasia. The SNAMUTS team has analysed Perth in
2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014. Dr Scheurer will present the key findings and methodology.
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Global wind power capacity tops nuclear energy for first time

The Japan Times, 20 February 2016

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Earth Rings in 2016 With its Warmest January on Record

WunderBlog, 17 February 2016
After recording its warmest year on record in 2015, Earth continued its record-warm streak into 2016, with January 2016 being the planet’s warmest January since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Wednesday. The month had the second warmest departure from average (+1.04°C) of any month since 1880, with only December 2015 being warmer.

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BUS ROUTE 30- 18 February

72. Hon AMBER-JADE SANDERSON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Transport:
I refer to the number 20 bus route from Morley bus station to Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, which had a route
change in 2014 that resulted in it no longer stopping at Dianella Community Centre; stopping as previously at the
Dianella Plaza Shopping Centre and Dianella Library, but at bus stops that have no footpaths; and looping up
Waverley Street for around 700 metres with no bus stops.
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Buzz off: Apartment owners want helicopters gone

The Age, 12 February 2016
Some are sent bonkers by their neighbour’s barking dog or the sound of honking car horns, for others it is the traffic in the sky that is driving them to distraction. Traffic reporting helicopters have long aggravated East Melbourne residents – now fresh complaints are emerging from CBD apartment buildings close to busy helipads on the Yarra River. Things get tense during major events. Docklands resident Todd Henderson said during the Portsea Polo this year he counted 81 different comings and goings from helicopters near his Docklands apartment, ferrying posh partygoers to the Mornington Peninsula.
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The oil industry got together and agreed things may never get better

Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 2016
The thousands of attendees seeking reasons for optimism didn’t find them at the annual International Petroleum Week. Instead they were greeted by a cacophony of voices from some of the largest oil producers, refiners and traders delivering the same message: There are few reasons for optimism. The world is awash with oil. The market is overwhelmingly bearish.

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Just Cleared A Major Roadblock

Huffington Post, 10 February 2016
U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.
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Wind overtakes hydro in EU power mix

BusinessGreen, 9 February 2016
The wind industry has surpassed the hydro industry as the third largest player in the European electricity grid in terms of capacity, and is fast closing the gap on the coal and gas sectors that continue to dominate the continent’s power mix.
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