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Launch of the Walkability Audit Tool and Pedestrian Safety Forum: 11 Dec

The launch of the digital walkability audit tool and
keynote speaker (9 to 10.40 am), and/or the launch and the Pedestrian Safety forum (9 am to 3 pm)

Tuesday 11 December 2012


Hotel Ibis Perth (Salt Room),
334 Murray Street,
Perth 6000

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Is a CCS breakthrough approaching?

Climate Spectator, 29 November 2012

Greg Combet decided to stay home rather than throw himself into the Doha climate change pigpen next week when global government ministers try to rescue yet another UN talkfest on decarbonisation policies. Ironically, the Gillard government might have benefitted from sending along Martin Ferguson instead – even if it meant an eventual brawl with Christine Milne and the Greens. The reason for despatching Ferguson to the Middle East is that it is being suggested the Doha summit might be an opportunity for the GCC to take a lead of CCS.

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Hydro Tasmania’s massive wind play

Climate Spectator, 28 November 2012

Australia has a new wind project we may be able to call our largest, at least for a year or two. This afternoon Hydro Tasmania has announced it is considering building a 200-turbine wind farm on King Island that would carry a price tag in the realm of $2 billion. The project is at the pre-feasibility stage, with community views sought before deciding whether to pursue a full feasibility study in April next year. The company said it has been looking into the concept for the past 15 months.

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Cycle and walking ‘must be norm’ for short journeys

BBC News, 28 November 2012

Cycling and walking should be the
norm for all short journeys, experts say. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence said people should
shun their cars if a trip could be done in 15 or 20 minutes on foot or bike.

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World Energy Report 2012

CounterCurrents, 28 November 2012

Rarely does the release of a
data-driven report on energy trends trigger front-page headlines around the
world. That, however, is exactly what happened on November 12th when the
prestigious Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) released this year’s
edition of its World Energy Outlook. In the process, just about everyone missed
its real news, which should have set off alarm bells across the planet.

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Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

BBC News, 26 November 2012

A large tanker carrying liquified
natural gas (LNG) is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the
Arctic. The carrier, Ob River, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia
on its way to Japan.

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Iran to chair GECF ministerial meeting

Trend, 26 November 2012

Iran has been named the new chairing country of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) and will host the GECF ministerial meeting in 2013, the Mehr News Agency reported.

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Saudi Arabia touts $109bn solar strategy

Business Green, 26 November 2012

With the latest UN climate change summit kicking off in the Quatari capital of Doha this week, attention will be focused on how the oil and gas-rich Gulf States are responding to climate change. So it was perhaps unsurprising that Saudia Arabia chose last week to confirm it is on track to start work on its first major solar farm early next year, as part of ambitious plans that could see the world's largest oil exporter generate a third of its electricity from the sun within 20 years.

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SGB’s jatropha vision: Jet fuel grown from seeds

CNN, 26 November 2012

When word got out several years ago about the promise of a small subtropical tree called jatropha, it became a biofuel sensation. Advocates claimed the fruit tree was hearty, drought-resistant and could be grown on marginal land. Its oil seeds offered a promising biofuel that wouldn't compete with food crops.   

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Car Companies Are Seeing the Light

Slate, 26 November 2012

When anonymous Ford executives told the Wall Street Journal this summer that the company would be switching out the steel body of its iconic F-150 pickup for an all-aluminum one beginning in 2014, many brand loyalists at the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forum were somewhat skeptical. Price was a concern, given that aluminum can cost as much as four times as much as steel.

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