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On your bike! China’s latest asset bubble

Australian Financial Review, 1 March 2017
On the footpath outside one of Shanghai’s most popular shopping malls, China’s latest asset bubble is on display. Fighting for the attention of consumers are five different brands of shared bikes, each with their own brightly coloured frame and modern design. For as little as 4¢ an hour one of these can be rented, as cash-rich start-ups fight to secure market share and seek to emerge as the dominant player in this industry which barely existed 12 months ago.
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India’s Air Pollution Rivals China’s as World’s Deadliest

New York Times, 14 February 2017
India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is causing about 1.1 million people to die prematurely each year and is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world, a new study of global air pollution shows.
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China Will Replace All 67,000 Fossil-Fueled Taxis In Beijing With Electric Cars

Clean Technica, 1 March 2017
Taxis are the bane of all urban areas. Typically, they are poorly made, poorly maintained, and spew tons of carbon dioxide into the air every day as they shuttle people from place to place. Beijing has nearly 70,000 taxis. It also has an intractable problem with smog. While it has embarked on an aggressive program to encourage private citizens to buy what it calls “new energy vehicles” — hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery operated cars — that push has not made much of an impact on the taxi fleet in China’s capitol. Now it has announced a plan to replace all 67,000 fossil fueled taxis in the city with electric cars.
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Senate estimates reveal Albury line requires a multi-million dollar fix up to accommodate inland rail

The Border Mail, 28 February 2017
The Department of Infrastructure has conceded there will be a “considerable cost” to improve the Albury line if it is to cope with a new inland rail route. Appearing before Senate estimates in Canberra this week, the department’s secretary Mike Mrdak gave the first indication of work needed on a rail line not up to scratch.
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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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