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PostCarbon Institute, 24 September 2008

I’m just back from the excellent ASPO USA conference in Sacramento, where (among many other fascinating conversations) I enjoyed an illuminating discussion with a couple of air transport officials whose names and organizational affiliations shall remain confidential.

Proposal to scrap North West Metro for a busway

Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2008

THE $12 billion North West Metro should be scrapped and replaced with a bus transitway or "autotrams", according to a radical new proposal before the [NSW] Government.

Fuel Prices- 24 Sept

 Mr HARTSUYKER (3.39 pm)—My question is to the Assistant Treasurer. Is the minister aware that Google now offers a free petrol price tracker site which allows motorists to search for the cheapest petrol in a given area? In light of this development, will the government abandon its plans to spend over $20 million of public money on its much maligned Fuelwatch scheme?

Food shortage catastrophe creeping up on the world

The Age, 26 September 2008

WHILE the world has quite rightly been consumed by the issues on credit markets, an insidious problem is creeping up on us that could affect the world for decades. There could be ongoing food shortages that go well beyond current concerns on food security, and which will result in regional unrest and conflict.

House clears $25bn for carmakers

Financial Times, 25 September 2008

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a $25bn package of low-cost loans to help hard-pressed [US] carmakers and their suppliers finance plant modernisation at a time of restricted access to public capital ­markets.

Sustainable Seafood

G Magazine

The world's oceans were once thought to possess an inexhaustible bounty of food, but those days are long gone.

Train Versus Bus

G Magazine

You would think trains do less damage to the environment than buses, right? All those nasty bus exhaust emissions and all. But how do they actually stack up against each other once you do the numbers and bring in the scientists? Believe it or not, buses and trains use the same amount of energy throughout their life. And in some circumstances, cars are also in the same ballpark!

Life in suburbs drives emissions higher

The Australian, 19 September 2008

WORKING families living on the edges of Australia's urban sprawl are generating up to 10 times more greenhouse emissions in their cars than those from the inner city, according to new research.

Discount tickets to Fuelling Food Conference

The supporters of the Conservation Council and Sustainable Transport Coalition have not taken up all the tickets allocated to them.  So we are now offering a limited number of tickets at $66 on a first come first served basis.  Please let people know and ask them to call Rhonda on 9420 7266 (w) to book their seats before this allocation runs out.  Or contact Conference Coordinator David Bennett on

What is your dinner doing to the climate?

New Scientist, 11 September 2008

LOCAL or imported? Conventional or organic? Can you make choices that will keep your diet healthy and reduce your carbon footprint? Is it possible to eat green? Does it even matter?