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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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The road rule drivers always get wrong

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.
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Egypt is getting a new capital – courtesy of China

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.
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Record low bids for solar in India underscore its vast commercial viability

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.
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Greens roll out first electric bus made at Avalon, push for more

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.
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Daniel Andrews, please return public transport to the people

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?

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