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Criminal cartel charges laid against K-Line

T&L News, 17 November 2016
Criminal charges have been laid against Japanese-based company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) in relation to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of cars, trucks, and buses to Australia between July 2009 and September 2012. The matter was before the Downing Centre Local Court [Sydney] for a first mention on 15 November 2016.

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Reinventing density: how baugruppen are pioneering the self-made city

The Conversation, 22 November 2016
Profit-driven developments shape the housing markets of most major cities today. However, new models exist that offer greater choice and lower costs, foster cohesive neighbourhoods and enable adaptable, customised living solutions. These alternatives have been diverse and of a high architectural standard. They also allow self-determination: they are initiated by the people who will dwell in them.

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Records fall as wind, hydro match brown coal generation in October

REnew Economy, 14 November 2016
In October, renewable energy generators supplied 21.7 per cent of all NEM generation, much higher than any previous month in both absolute and relative terms since complete data became available, with record hydro and wind generation. Wind and hydro were just 63GWh (0.4% of total generation) less than the share of brown coal. Total demand in the NEM was almost precisely unchanged over the year to October 2016, while demand fell slightly in WA.

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Fossil fuel emissions have stalled: Global Carbon Budget 2016

The Conversation, 14 November 2016
For the third year in a row, global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry have barely grown, while the global economy has continued to grow strongly. This level of decoupling of carbon emissions from global economic growth is unprecedented. Global CO₂ emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels and industry (including cement production) were 36.3 billion tonnes in 2015, the same as in 2014, and are projected to rise by only 0.2% in 2016 to reach 36.4 billion tonnes. This is a remarkable departure from emissions growth rates of 2.3% for the previous decade, and more than 3% during the 2000s.
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Trump’s rhetorical retreats leave room for aviation mayhem

Crikey, 13 November 2016
There has been a deathly silence from Australia’s airlines and indeed most of the world’s carriers and organisations like IATA, as to the consequences of a Trump administration making good on its protectionist trade platform.
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Saudi Arabia owes billions to private firms after collapse in oil revenues

The Guardian, 11 November 2016
Saudi Arabia has admitted that it owes billions of dollars to private firms and foreign workers after oil revenues collapsed, the kingdom’s new finance minister said. The arrears have left tens of thousands of foreign workers, chiefly in the construction sector, struggling for months while they await back pay. “I don’t recall the exact amount now but its billions of dollars,” Mohammed Aljadaan told reporters on Thursday.

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Notorious Napier St bridge in Footscray still awaiting fix as $600,000 for upgrade sits unused

Herald Sun, 10 November 2016
SAFETY upgrades at a notorious Footscray rail bridge never went ahead despite being promised by the State Government more than a year ago. Leader can reveal a planned $600,000 safety upgrade to realign the Napier St rail bridge announced in June last year never went ahead.
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Elon Musk’s first victim was the petrol car; now it’s old style utilities

REnew Economy, 29 October 2016
Six months ago, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk signalled the end of the internal combustion engine when he unveiled what was then hailed as the world’s first “mass market” electric vehicle, the Tesla Model 3. On Friday, in Los Angeles, Musk unveiled the latest elements of his plan to lead a global push to 100% renewable energy – a solar roof shingle and the second generation of his home and utility scale battery storage offerings.
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Toyota “tames” lithium-ion battery technology, aims for all electric cars

REnew Economy, 2 November 2016
It appears that Toyota’s somewhat baffling unwillingness to embrace all-electric vehicles may finally be coming to an end. Recent comments made by prominent engineers at the company imply that the company may be planning to release all-electric models at some point in the near future, as a result of having “tamed” lithium-ion battery technology.
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Shipping industry criticised for failure to reach carbon emissions deal

The Guardian, 29 October 2016
The world’s leading shipping organisation has been condemned by environmental campaigners and MEPs for its failure to urgently tackle the industry’s impact on climate change, after it agreed only to a partial reduction in harmful emissions from ships.
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