Sydney Morning Herald, 15 February 2017
Another day, another police crackdown on pedestrians and cyclists. This week it was the NSW Police running a 12-hour blitz in the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs, called Operation Pedro.
CNN, 10 October 2016
Egypt’s new capital city moved a step closer to reality with the announcement that Chinese developers will largely fund the megaproject.
The China Fortune Land Development Company (CFLD) agreed to provide $20 billion for the currently unnamed city, after a meeting between heads of the firm and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. This follows a previous commitment of $15 billion from another Chinese state-owned company, bringing the project close to its $45 billion budget requirements for phase I.
REnew Economy, 10 February 2017
This week as India was crossing the 50-gigawatt threshold for cumulative installed renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro), the initial bids for its first major solar auction of 2017 were announced—and came in at a record low Rs3.59-3.64/kWh. That’s down 16% year on year against the previous record low bid.
Daily Telegraph, 8 February 2017
THE first of several Avalon-made electric buses have hit the Princes Fwy, with the Victorian Greens pushing for State Government investment in the environmentally friendly people-movers. Melbourne MP Ellen Sandell and her Greens colleagues parked the hi-tech bus outside State Parliament before heading inside to call for an inquiry into the benefits of electric vehicles.
The Guardian, 7 February 2017
The privatisation of Victoria’s train and tram system has not delivered savings to the public – so why not bring it back under state control?
Brisbane Times, 6 February 2017
Embattled Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has resigned from his cabinet portfolio amid the long-running Queensland Rail debacle. Mr Hinchliffe will also step down from his role as Commonwealth Games minister.
CNBC, 1 February 2017
A drop in the cost of solar and electric vehicle technology could see demand for coal and oil peaking by 2020, according to a new report from the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative. The analysis cautions that large energy companies adopting a “business as usual” attitude are underestimating the advances of low carbon technologies.
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific seeks 80pc emissions reductions on some long flights with big switch to biofuels
South China Morning Post, 30 January 2017
Cathay Pacific Airways has pledged an 80% cut in the amount of climate-changing gases some of its longest flights pump into the Earth’s atmosphere, by betting big on biofuels. The Hong Kong carrier will be one of the first airlines in the world to switch to cleaner jet fuels on an industrial scale.