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Fukushima Debacle Risks Chernobyl ҄ead ZoneҠas Radiation in Soil Soars

Bloomberg, 30 May 2011

Radioactive soil in pockets of areas near Japan’s crippled nuclear plant have reached the same level as Chernobyl, where a “dead zone” remains 25 years after the reactor in the former Soviet Union exploded.

Nuclear Phaseout Is an ‘Historic Moment’

Der Spiegel, 30 May 2011

Angela Merkel's government has decided to phase out nuclear power by 2022, in a reversal of its previous policy. German commentators are split over the wisdom of the decision, with one newspaper comparing the move to the fall of the Berlin Wall and another saying it will harm future generations.

Motoring groups demand petrol price investigation

BBC News, 30 May 2011

An alliance of European motoring organisations has written to the European Union calling for an investigation into the price of fuel.

Electric car capital race hots up as London adds charging points

The Guardian, 26 May 2011

London made a significant step towards becoming the "electric car capital of Europe" with the launch of a new scheme that adds 150 charging points in the city. The creation of the first capital-wide charging network is an attempt to quash fears of "range anxiety". The take-up of motorists looking to switch to electric ca

China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures

The Guardian, 25 May 2011

The Yangtze – Asia's biggest river – is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years, forcing an unprecedented release of water from the Three Gorges reservoir. The drought is damaging crops, threatening

Cars, FBT & budget

Car fringe benefits rules are to be changed to remove the incentive for people to drive their company vehicles further than they need to to obtain a bigger tax concession. The formula will be replaced by a flat rate of 20 per cent regardless of the distance travelled. The Government estimates the phased-in measure will save nearly $1 billion over the forward

CSIRO promotes biofuel for aviation

ABC Lateline, 25 May 2011

The CSIRO has confirmed an industry producing biofuel for aviation could be developed in Australia but it would take a lot of work.

Saudi looks at restarting its first oilfield

Arabian Business, 24 May 2011

State oil giant Saudi Aramco will study drilling again at its long mothballed, first oilfield, industry sources said on Tuesday. Dammam, now known as the "Prosperity Well", is where the top crude exporter has made its first discovery in 1938.


376. Hon KEN TRAVERS to the minister representing the Minister for Transport: I refer to the recently released Roe Highway extension preferred concept design.

(1) Has Main Roads done any work on the estimated cost to construct this design; and, if yes, what is the estimated indicative cost to construct this design?

(2) If no

The JODI-EIA Divergence

The Oil Drum, 23 May 2011

This is a follow-up on a discussion started by Darwinian (Ron) in the Drumbeat that I think is significant and deserving more eyes. Lately, looking at the EIA data we have seen new production records in all the categories (see post by Gail here for a discu