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Getting Smart in the Suburbs of Tokyo

New York Times, 27 November 2011

Introducing plans for Japan’s first smart city to be built “from scratch” in May could not have been better timed for Panasonic, the driving force behind the project to build an eco-

Bus route shake-up to ease the CBD squeeze

Sydney Morning Herald, 29 November 2011

Some [Sydney] city-bound bus services will change routes from next week as State Transit tries to manage an increasingly congested CBD. Commuters on city-bound buses travelling over the Anzac Bridge and south over the Harbour Bridge faced delays of more than 15 minutes this morning, triggered by congestion.

Can geothermal cut it in Australia?

Climate Spectator, 17 November 2011

In the geothermal industry, they are fond of painting the big picture. For years, the selling point of the technology was that if just 1 per cent of the superheated rocks that lay deep under the surface in Australia could be exploited, then it could power the country for 26,000 years.

Saudi Arabia halts $100bn oil expansion programme

Financial Times, 21 November 2011

Saudi Arabia has halted the $100bn expansion of its oil production capacity after reaching a target of 12m barrels a day as the kingdom believes that new oil sources will meet rising demand.

Victoria Bridge our ‘weakest link’, say transport experts

Brisbane Times, 28 November 2011

Four more public transport figures have backed calls for cars – and in some cases buses – to be banned from Brisbane's Victoria Bridge. Six transport "planners" have now described the Victoria Bridge, from the top of Queen Street across to the Cultural Centre, as Brisbane's public transport's weakest link. They say there is simply no more room to put extra buses across the bridge.

Fuel shortage nearly cripples western Canadian trucking industry, but relief is in sight

Truck News, 25 November 2011

Trucking is considered by many to be the true "engine" of the economy – the driving force, so to speak – so if there isn't enough juice to power the engine of the economy's engines, it could be a big problem for everyone. It's a situation that came very close to shutting down a major part of western Canadian trade in November, thanks to a nearly month-long shortage of diesel fuel. If it had gone on much longer – not that it'

China, India perform dangerous new dance of encircler, counter-encircler

Washington Post, 27 November 2011

It was billed as a new assertiveness, when India’s usually meek Prime Minister Manmohan Singh supposedly looked his Chinese counterpart in the eye at a summit in Bali last weekend and defended his country’s “commercial” right to explore for oil and gas in the South China Sea. But it was also a sign of rising frictions between India and China, and of what experts see as a dangerous new game between the world’s most p

The Death of the Fringe Suburb

New York Times, 25 November 2011

DRIVE through any number of outer-ring suburbs in America, and you’ll see boarded-up and vacant strip malls, surrounded by vast seas of empty parking spaces. These forlorn monuments to the real estate crash are not going to come back to life, even when the economy recovers. And that’s because the demand for the housing that once supported commercial activity in many exurbs isn’t coming back, either.

Traffic chaos warning as Critical Mass plans CBD bike protest today

Sydney Morning Herald, 25 November 2011

After a wet week marked by delays on Sydney's trains, buses and roads, drivers are being warned a protest could cause traffic jams in the city during peak hour this afternoon. About 300 cyclists are expected to take part in the Critical Mass ride through the city and over the Harbour Bridge from 5.30pm, in an effort to raise awareness about sustainable transport.

Re-making of Swanston Street underway

The Age, 25 November 2011

The first stage of the long-awaited $25 million engineering solution to the traffic woes in Swanston Street is expected to be completed within days. The re-make of Swanston Street, which will include sinking the tram tracks to provide easier access to trams and new bike lanes, was delayed for five months by Transport Safety Victoria over concerns about the new tram stops.