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The first two of the transport series are currently on ABCiView (the one on the London Congestion charge only until 6pm Wednesday 30 June), and I presume the others will be added in following weeks, but all the design (series 3) and transport ones are watchable on the E2 website (under the webcasts tab) and there is further material on each under the podcasts tab.

Dubai opens new airport, set to become world’s largest

Brisbane Times, 28 June 2010

Debt-laden Dubai opened its second airport yesterday, three weeks after its flagship carrier Emirates placed a major order for Airbus 380 superjumbos, enforcing its status as an air transport hub.

Doyle plea for rail link to airport

The Age, 28 June 2010

MELBOURNE would fall behind other international cities unless planning began now on an airport rail link, lord mayor Robert Doyle said yesterday.

Solar’s Great Leap Forward

Technology Review, July/August 2010

Suntech CEO Zhengrong Shi made China a powerhouse in photovoltaic technology–and became a billionaire in the process. His next ambition: to make solar power as cheap as conventional electricity.

In deep, and falling far short

Chron, 15 May 2010

BP has a big problem in the Gulf of Mexico — and it's not just the oil spill emanating from the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon. At another platform in the Gulf — this one owned and operated by BP, unlike the Horizon — the problem is the opposite: Not enough oil is coming out.

100% renewable energy for Australia by 2020

Main points of New Zealand’s carbon scheme

Reuters, 25 March 2010

New Zealand's emissions trading scheme, only the second national scheme outside Europe, moves up a gear on July 1 when sectors that emit about half of the nation's greenhouse gas pollution formally join.

How we can end our addiction to oil

Grist, 2 June 2010

It's time we moved on to something else, or this is going to kill us. Not only are world oil supplies running out, but what oil is still left is proving very dirty to obtain. We need to kick our oil addiction now if we expect to preserve any hopes of economic prosperity, or unspoiled habitats.

We have entered the era of ‘tough oil’

Sydney Morning Herald, 22 June 2010

THE Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez every four days, was inevitable. This was no unforeseeable event created by equipment failures and human error. With oil reserves depleting, it is a harbinger as oil companies drill in riskier ways.

ICLEI June 2010 News