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Is the [WA] Greens’ Transit City a good idea?

Crikey- The Urbanist, 27 June 2016
A “dispersed network” is the smart approach to public transport but politics means the Greens’ Transit City plan for Perth leaves most of the important questions unanswered.
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Melbourne’s scariest cycling paths: Perception and reality collide

The Age, 11 July 2016
Southbank promenade, the Haymarket “roundabout of death” and Swanston Street’s shared path are Melbourne’s most intimidating places to ride, according to cyclists. In a TAC-funded online interactive survey, participants pinpointed Melbourne’s worst and best spots for riding a bike, the results of which are likely to increase calls for more separation between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

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New Melbourne apartment rules will not save city from ruin: planning expert

The Age, 11 July 2016
Melbourne’s high-rise CBD construction boom will continue unabated despite the Andrews government’s attempt to rein in its worst excesses, a leading planning academic has warned. And the state government has become so heavily dependent on the construction boom continuing that it now rakes in almost four times as much revenue from property taxes than it receives from gambling taxes, RMIT planning expert Michael Buxton says.
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U.S. Cities Have Grown. Their Cores Have Not.

Slate, 7 July 2016
The 1960 census marked the dawn of urban decline in the United States: It was the first to record population drops in pre-war industrial hubs like New York, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, Boston, and Cleveland. The ensuing decades saw American cities, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest, lose jobs and residents by the hundreds of thousands. Busy neighborhoods emptied out as workers moved to the suburbs, or to the Sun Belt.
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Electric vehicle boom driving EVs to 35% new car sales in Asia by 2040

Renew Economy, 5 July 2016
Electric vehicles could make up 35 per cent of new car sales in Asia by 2040, driven by a significant reduction in battery prices and a rapidly changing mindset among consumers, industry and governments, a new global investment report has predicted.

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Renewable jet fuel could be growing on Australia’s iconic gum trees

The Conversation, 6 July 2016
Australia’s economy may have ridden on the sheep’s back but the colonies’ first export was actually Eucalyptus oil. From a small batch of oil distilled from Sydney peppermint gum sent to England by First Fleet Surgeon-General John White, an industry grew around the use of the oil for medicinal and industrial purposes. But a range of cutting-edge new uses for plant-based oils appear set to give this old dog some new tricks, potentially jolting the local eucalyptus oil industry out of its sleepy niche and into the high-tech limelight.
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Route to a greener future includes zero-emission buses

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 5 July 2016
Every day, passengers at Foothill Transit’s Pomona Transit Center see something unusual: battery-electric buses pausing at the station to charge between dropping off and picking up passengers. Since 2010, these buses have been moving passengers through the cities of Pomona and La Verne with no pollution and no fossil fuels. Foothill Transit is just one of many transit agencies throughout California making the transition to cleaner buses. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), a key policy designed to prevent climate change, is creating real monetary value and helping to make zero-emission buses economically viable.
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Caught short: we need to talk about public toilets

The Conversation, 5 July 2016
We don’t tend to talk about toilets much, even though we all use them. Yet not only do public toilets meet our voiding needs when we go out, but they are the site for many underlying social processes and behaviours, especially those related to gender roles. They also represent unspoken boundaries between public and private.
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Tesla driver killed while car on ‘autopilot’ sparks US safety investigation

ABC News, 1 July 2016
US safety regulators have launched an investigation after a fatal accident in which the driver of a Tesla car operating in autopilot mode was killed in a collision with a truck.
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