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Reluctant Americans are behind Qantas’ quest to develop a cargo class

Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2018
Qantas’ “out there” idea to develop a new travel class in the cargo hold is aimed at getting middle-class Americans to shake off their reluctance to fly long-haul across the Pacific, Fairfax Media has learned. Last month, Fairfax Media revealed Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce had begun exploring a new “cargo class” concept which could be installed on super long-haul direct flights from Sydney to the US and London.
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Electric Buses in Cities: Driving Towards Cleaner Air and Lower CO2

Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 10 April 2018
Key findings in the report, Electric Buses in Cities: Driving Towards Cleaner Air and Lower CO2, authored by BNEF on behalf of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, highlight e-buses’ competitiveness with conventional diesel and CNG fueled buses.
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New Zealand puts an end to new permits for exploration of deep-sea oil and gas reserves

The Conversation, 13 April 2018
The New Zealand government’s announcement that it will not issue any new permits for offshore exploration for oil and gas deposits is exciting, and a step in the right direction.
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Portugal reaches 100% renewables, ends fossil fuel subsidies

ReNew Economy, 9 April 2018
Portugal’s renewable energy sources generated enough power to exceed total grid demand across the month of March, a new report has found, setting a standard that is expected to become the norm for the European nation. According to Portuguese grid operator, REN, renewable energy output over the month reached 4,812GWh, surpassing the nation’s total electricity needs for March, which only topped 4,647GWh.
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“Wheelmageddon” – the rise and stall of shared electric scooters

ReNew Economy, 6 April 2018
So bike-sharing is taking over the world, e-bikes are a thing, but scooters like the classic Razor are so “naughties”. Put them all together and you’ve got the latest trend in Silicon Valley (which, for our sins, tends to be where the next new thing in our lives will come from).
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No finish date for Sydney’s light rail as company takes NSW to court

Sydney Morning Herald, 10 April 2018
Premier Gladys Berejiklian would not be drawn on when the significantly delayed Sydney light rail project would be finished, as the government faces a legal battle with the Spanish subcontractor building it. When asked in question time on Tuesday about the delays, Ms Berejiklian did not provide details around when the project connecting the CBD to the eastern suburbs would be completed. It was due to be finished in 2019.
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Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

Los Angeles Times, 2 April 2018
The Trump administration openly threatened one of the cornerstones of California’s environmental protections Monday, saying that it may revoke the state’s ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions. The announcement came as the administration confirmed it is tearing up landmark fuel economy rules that formed a key part of the effort by the Obama administration and California officials to combat global warming — and as the Justice Department sued to block a state law that limits the federal government’s ability to sell any of the 46 million acres it controls in California.

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Australians may do 95% of car travel in autonomous EVs by 2030

ReNew Economy, 1 March 2018
It’s almost impossible to imagine in a country with such an attachment to individual car ownership, petrol vehicles and long distances like Australia. But in little more than a decade, the way we travel in cars may be completely different. A new study from EnergyLab in Sydney suggests that the arrival of autonomous driving and the introduction of shared vehicles, or “Transport As a Service”, could mean that by 2030 more than 95 per cent of kilometres travelled in cars could be in electric vehicles.
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The quiet e-bike revolution

ReNew Economy, 3 April 2018
It seems every day we are seeing a new highlight in the Electric Vehicle space. Whether it is a new model or another City with a plan to phase out fossil fuelled vehicles, there is no doubt the momentum for EVs and autonomous vehicles is building. However, in the background a quiet revolution has been taking place. The fastest growing segment in the transport world now is e-bikes, or electric bicycles.

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Car makers turn to climate deniers in quest to lower fuel economy regulations

ReNew Economy, 26 March 2018
Last month, the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers submitted a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Department of Transportation calling into question impacts of climate change and tailpipe pollutants in an effort to undercut the need for fuel economy regulation. The Alliance is the trade group for Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Toyota, among others.

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