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Thousands of buses remain on NSW roads without fire suppression systems

Sydney Morning Herald, 16 September 2016
Almost 2700 buses in Sydney and across NSW have yet to be fitted with fire suppression systems that could have avoided a blaze that erupted on a bus carrying 30 passengers over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Thursday.
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Your SUV is killing people and making roads more dangerous

Crikey, 13 September 2016
After many years of increasing safety on our roads, we are backsliding. Australian road deaths are up 10% in 2016 compared to last year. (In Victoria, the toll is up 17%.) What has changed? The spread of airbags, ABS brakes and electronic stability control should have made us safer. The likely culprit is the changing nature of vehicles on the road.
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U.S. Gasoline Demand Surges To New Record

Energy Trends Insider, 19 August 2016
In last month’s Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected that it now expects record U.S. gasoline consumption this year:

Motor gasoline consumption is forecast to increase by 130,000 b/d (1.5%) to 9.29 million b/d in 2016, which would make it the highest annual average gasoline consumption on record, beating the previous record set in 2007 by 0.1%. The increase in gasoline consumption reflects a forecast 2.5% increase in highway travel (because of employment growth and lower retail gasoline prices) that is partially offset by increases in vehicle fleet fuel economy.

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Tesla CTO says EV batteries should last 10-15 years – minimum

REnew economy, 7 September 2016
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some interesting comments Tesla CTO JB Straubel made regarding vehicle-to-grid technology and using old EV batteries for stationary energy storage (for homes or the grid). There was a tidbit in there that I wanted to further highlight on its own, since it’s such a common question and concern — the tidbit about EV battery life. JB stated, “We expect 10 maybe 15 year life at a minimum from these batteries. And, you know, the degradation is not entirely linear.”
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ARENA announces large scale solar grant winners, 480MW in total

REnew Economy, 8 September 2016
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency today announced the 12 large scale projects that won grants in what could be the agency’s last major funding round if most of its remaining monies are stripped by the Coalition and Labor parties.
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That sinking feeling: Why the bankruptcy of shipping giant Hanjin has so many companies worried

Salon, 12 September 2016
As South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. sank into bankruptcy, the global transport industry has been thrown into disarray. The immediate effects have rankled U.S. retailers, which are waiting for their holiday season merchandise, as well as the many exporters anticipating higher shipping fees. The problem that torpedoed Hanjin, the world’s seventh-largest container shipper, and that imperils the rest of the industry is that it was too bullish and built too fast. Now it’s at the mercy of a supply and demand imbalance — too many ships, not enough cargo.
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Should bicycle lanes be abolished?

The Urbanist, 8 September 2016
On-road bicycle lanes are a necessary evil in Australian cities but they should be regarded as interim. There are much better ways of encouraging greater bicycle use.
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US sets safety rule to stop cabin oxygen fires in jets like MH370

Crikey, 13 September 2016
The world’s peak air safety authority, America’s FAA, has ruled that the cabin oxygen system in some Boeing 777’s, including the one that was in missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, must be changed to prevent the risk of a flash fire breaking out.
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Legendary 747 designer Sutter dies age 95

Air Transport World, 30 August 2016
Joe Sutter, who was dubbed “Father of the 747” by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, has died at age 95. As the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747, Sutter is credited with leading the birth of the first widebody airliner, which ushered in the globe-shrinking age of mass air travel.
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