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Expect more ‘complete surprises’ from climate change: NASA’s Schmidt

The Canberra Times, 12 February 2018
The eruption of pine bark beetles that has devastated millions of hectares of forests in North America is an example of the surprises yet to come as the planet warms, says Gavin Schmidt, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The tiny beetles, which have infested forests from Colorado to Alaska, develop a type of anti-freeze as winter arrives. With fewer cold snaps before the insects are “cold hardened”, more of them are making it through to spring.
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How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets

The Guardian, 12 February 2018
The Danish capital ranks high on the list of the world’s healthiest and happiest cities. With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, here are its lessons for how to combat them culturally.
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Boeing raises prospect of only one pilot in the cockpit of planes

The Guardian, 9 February 2018
Once there were three on the flight deck. Then the number of flight crew fell to two when the Boeing 757 changed the way cockpits were designed in the 1980s. Now, jetmakers are studying what it would take to go down to a single pilot, starting with cargo flights.

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Ireland votes in favour of law to become world’s first country to fully divest from fossil fuels

The Independent, 27 January 2018
Ireland has voted to be the world’s first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels. The Irish Parliament passed the historic legislation in a 90 to 53 vote in favour of dropping coal, oil and gas investments from the €8bn (£6.8bn) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, part of the Republic’s National Treasury Management Agency.
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Ryanair chief: we won’t bow to laughable demands from pilots

The Guardian, 5 February 2018
Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O‘Leary, has warned that the airline will not bow to “laughable” demands from pilots and would rather see strikes or disruptions than undermine its productivity. O’Leary said Ryanair was not as optimistic as some of its rivals that it would be able to push through fare rises this summer. Last year, the average fare was €41 (£36), down 13% from the year before. This year, fares will be cut by about 3%, Ryanair said.
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Even top oil producers see the wisdom of going solar

eSolar Energy News, 14 February 2017
The nation most identified with its massive oil reserves is turning to wind and solar to generate power at home and help extend the life of its crucial crude franchise.
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Australia debates value of electric vehicles while China pushes ahead

Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 2018
When Hong Dan, 26, bought her first car six months ago, the choice to go electric was simple. First, in pollution-conscious Beijing, getting a licence plate for an electric car is easier than a petrol car.
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Cycle miles double in China thanks to dockless bike sharing

Bike Biz, 26 January 2018
Before the advent of dockless bike-sharing in Chinese cities cycling accounted for 5.5% of transport miles. It has now more than doubled to 11.6%. This is according to White Book of Shared Bike and City Development 2017, a Chinese-language report from the Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Innovation Institute, an urban planning consultancy. According to the Chinese State Information Center’s Sharing Economy Research Center there are now 16 million dockless bicycles in the country, and each was used an average of three times a day.

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Fixation on timing of peak oil is ‘misguided’

Financial Times, 18 January 2018
The electric car revolution and stricter global rules on emissions have focused debate in the energy sector on when decades of growth in oil demand will eventually peak. But Spencer Dale, chief economist at energy major BP and former Bank of England policymaker, has challenged the industry to come up with a better question. In a co-authored report with Bassam Fattouh at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, which reignited discussion in the oil industry this week, they argue the sector’s fixation about the timing of peak demand is “misguided”.

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PG&E to install 7,500 electric car charging stations for apartments, offices

San Francisco Chronicle, 17 January 2018
Apartment dwellers who would like to buy an electric car often can’t, for a simple reason: They have no place to charge. Even if their building has parking — a big “if” in San Francisco — their landlord may be reluctant to let them install an electricity-guzzling charger on the building’s account. Beginning Wednesday, a new Pacific Gas and Electric Co. program will try to solve that problem, although the solution won’t work for everyone.
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