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Norwegian Air is Selling Trans-Atlantic Flights From Small U.S. Airports for $65 One Way

Skift, 23 February 2017
How much do consumers in smaller markets crave cheap trans-Atlantic flights? We’ll find out by this summer, when European discounter Norwegian Air launches 10 new routes from three smaller U.S. airports — Stewart International Airport in New York’s Southern Hudson Valley about 65 miles north of Manhattan, Hartford Bradley International Airport in Central Connecticut, and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Norwegian will operate all flights with a new single-aisle airplane, the Boeing 737 Max.
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WA election: Cyclists to be protected by one-metre overtaking law under Labor promise

ABC News, 10 February 2017
Drivers will be required to leave a gap of at least one metre when overtaking cyclists under rules to be trialled if WA Labor wins the March State election.
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Automakers Call on E.P.A. Chief to Ease Fuel-Efficiency Standards

New York Times, 22 February 2017
President Trump has vowed to roll back regulations on business, and automakers are wasting no time in pushing his administration to make good on the promise. Two lobbying groups representing auto manufacturers have written letters urging the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, to reverse a decision last month by the Obama administration to move forward with tougher fuel-economy standards that carmakers are supposed to meet by 2025.
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CSIRO says Australia can get to 100 per cent renewable energy

REnew Economy, 22 February 2017
The Australian government’s chief scientific body says there is no apparent technical impediment to reaching 100% renewables for the national electricity grid, and levels of up to 30% renewable energy should be considered as just “trivial” in current energy systems.
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37% of Norway’s new cars are electric. They expect it to be 100% in just 8 years.

ThinkProgress, 21 February 2017
The global electric vehicle (EV) revolution reached another milestone last month as EVs made up 37 percent share of Norway’s car market. Norway understands the future of ground transport is electric and has been pushing EVs harder than almost any other country in the world with incentives such as an exemption from the 25 percent VAT tax for new cars.
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A New Spot Record for Wind Generation: 52.1% Grid Penetration Across Central U.S.

IEFFA, 16 February 2017
Wind briefly powered more than 50% of electric demand on Sunday [12 February], the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana.

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Roe 8 fails the tests of responsible 21st-century infrastructure planning

The Conversation, 16 February 2017
The Beeliar Group of professors formed recently to oppose the building of a new highway, called Roe 8, through an important wetland and woodland regional park in Perth’s southern suburbs. They have joined a very active campaign, adding substance to the passion of community activists.
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Germany installs ground-level traffic lights for distracted cellphone users

CNBC, 26 April 2016
Cellphone users glued to their devices while navigating city streets are about to get a guiding light. These pedestrians, dubbed “smombies” — smartphone zombies — in Germany, are slated to get special traffic lights to help them avoid oncoming traffic in Bavaria, according a Mashable article, citing a local German publication.
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European commission issues ‘final warning’ to UK over air pollution breaches

The Guardian, 16 February 2017
Britain has been sent a final warning to comply with EU air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) or face a case at the European court of justice. If the UK does not show Brussels how it intends to comply with EU law within two months, a court hearing with the power to impose heavy fines could begin later this year, as the Guardian revealed last week.
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How to ensure self-driving vehicles don’t ruin everything

REnew Economy, 15 February 2017
Zipcar’s former CEO has cast the self-driving future as a “heaven or hell” scenario, and she has a point. Self-driving cars could save lives, smooth traffic congestion, expand access to jobs or schools—especially for people who can’t drive themselves today—and reduce the number of vehicles on our roads. On the other hand, they could worsen smog and local air quality pollution, disrupt the US economy by putting millions of people out of work, justify cuts in public transit funding and services, and force urban planners to focus more on providing space for vehicles instead of for parks, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

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